3 Count: World of Snorecraft

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1: Massive Judgment In World of Warcraft Copyright Infringement Case

First off today, Blizzard, the company behind the popular World of Warcraft roleplaying game, won a major judgment against Scapegaming, a company that Blizzard said was running an unauthorized World of Warcraft server. The judge in the case seemed to agree, awarding Blizzard, over $3 million in profits, a bit over $65,000 in attorney fees and $85 million in statutory damages. Scapegaming did not defend the lawsuit, which may indicate collecting the damages will prove nearly impossible.

2: Radio, RIAA: Mandatory FM Radio in Cell Phones is the Future

Next up today, though the RIAA and the National Association of Broadcasters may not agree on whether radio stations should pay royalties to labels, they are both backing a plan to require the installation of FM chips in all cell phones and other handheld electronic devices. According to the organizations, this gives consumers more legitimate choices for listening to music and aids in public safety as emergency broadcasts are sent out over FM frequencies. The Consumer Electronic Association, which represents manufacturers of such devices, opposed the idea.

3: AP Decides Not to LOL

Finally today, the Associated Press, apparently was in negotiations with Pet Holdings Inc. the owners of the I Can Has Cheezburger blog network, to bring the network into their fold. Negotiations supposedly began to break down after Ben Huh, the owner of Pet Holdings, had issues with the wording in the contract and the AP finally walked away after stating concerns about its integrity. Digital deals are becoming more common for the AP, including Yahoo, Google and the Huffington Post among others.


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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