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First off today, at talk yesterday RIAA President Cary Sherman said that modern copyright law, in particular the DMCA, is not working for content creators and that it leaves too many loopholes for middle men to turn a blind eye to infringement. Though he stopped short of pushing for new laws, saying he would prefer to cooperate with said intermediaries, he did say that he would be open to new legislation if needed. Sherman further clarified to say that he was only interested in legislation if it were needed to formalize the cooperation and that he did not want it without the cooperation of others.
Next up today, the judge in the Shepard Fairey case has set a trial date, indicating that jury selection for an estimate 3-week trial will begin on March 21. However, it is still very likely the case will never make it to trial given that a settlement is always possible and both sides are likely to request summary judgments. Still, if this case does go the distance, we have an idea of when to expect the trial to begin barring any postponements.
Finally today, the Appeals Court upheld a jury verdict in the Tyler Perry case. Perry had been accused of stealing the idea from “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” from actress and writer Donna West. Two years ago, jury found West had not made her case and, yesterday, the Appeals Court agreed, saying there was nothing improper in the trial.
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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