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First off today, web host and domain registrar GoDaddy is being sued by a photographer, Howard Mann, whose work was used on an apparently fake site for a Michael Jackson casino. The photographer is suing both the company and the anonymous site creator for $100 million claiming that the site used his work unlawfully and has added Godaddy to the suit in an attempt to “flush out the name of the person” who owns the domain in question.
Next up today authorities in Bulgaria have shuttered four suspected pirate websites and seized some 120 terabytes of data. The raid came after complaints from the Bulgarian Association of the Music Producers, which represents the music industry in the nation. The sites have been referred to as an “organized criminal network” and allegedly have taken in some 5 million Bulgarian leva ($3.3 million) from users.
Finally today, we have an update on the iiNet/AFACT appeal, which is seeing the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft appealing a lower court decision against iiNet, the third-largest Australian ISP, which held the ISP was not liable for copyright infringement by its users. Day 2 of the appeal saw AFACT say “three strikes” was a “reasonable” measure against piracy and Day 3 saw iiNet fire back, saying that AFACT needed to change its business model and focus on getting content to consumer’s hands as quickly and efficiently as possible. The appeal is expected to last four days.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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