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First off today, music streaming service Grooveshark has announced it has settled a lawsuit with Merlin, an organization created to represent independent labels. The deal will see Grooveshark pay an undisclosed amount to Merlin for past uses and sets a licensing rate moving forward. Grooveshark has signed similar deals with EMI and INgrooves but has not brought other labels on board.
Next up today, The Discovery Channel is taking over a fan site for its “Deadliest Catch” show, DeadliestCatchTV.com. The site, which has been in operation since early 2007, is being shuttered over claims that the site infringes on Discovery Channel copyright. Among the list of complaints is that the site embedded official Discover Channel clips that the company had uploaded to various sites and provided the embed code for. Please note that, if you visit the link above after today, it very likely will be down as the takeover is due to take place August 11.
Finally today, the research firm IPSOS has released a study that paints a more bright future for digital music. According to the study, even though CD sales are declining, digital sales and legal streaming are on the rise and will continue to be, largely through a combination of digital efforts including sites like iTunes and Spotify. However, the study did caution that there would be an ongoing issue with piracy and that not offering free, legal alternatives has a predictable impact on piracy issues.
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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