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First off today, in a story that has much more to do with trademark than copyright, Best Buy has sent a cease and desist letter to a Wisconsin-based church claiming that their “God Squad” vehicle was violating their trademark in “Geek Squad”, their well-known computer repair service. The matter seems to have been peacefully resolved with the pastor removing the logo, but a controversy has been kicked up nonetheless with many wondering if Best Buy went too far.
Next up today, in Kenya, where an estimated 90% of all movies sold are alleged to be pirated, a new law is taking effect that requires DVDs to be sold with a hologram to prove authenticity. This has already forced some shops to close though it is unclear what the long-term impacts the new legislation will have in a region widely viewed as a piracy haven.
Finally today, even as Google prepares to introduce DRM into its Android app store, Pingdom hypothesizes that the reason Android developers are not making money is not due to piracy, but due to the fact that Android developers can only sell apps in 13 out of 46 countries, compared to 90 countries for iPhone developers. Pingdom, which is based in Sweden, one of the countries left out, vented frustration as it seeks to capitalize on the Android platform, which is growing in popularity there.
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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