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First off today, Billboard has a story where it cites unnamed sources on what Google is planning for its Google Music feature. According to the report, Google is wanting to create a combination of iTunes with a digital storage service where users will be able to buy tracks and access them from anywhere. The service will also scan your existing libraries and automatically give you access to those tracks as well. That has created at least some contention over whether to allow illegally downloaded tracks to be accessed, but there are rumors Google may compromise on this issue by doing more with its search product to prevent file sharing. The service will also allow every song to be played once completely free before reverting to a 30-second preview. There is no word if the record labels are on board with this project or not.
Next up today the Chinese video portal Ku6 has signed a deal with Sony and at least one other studio to allow content from them to be used on the site. Ku6, with this announcement, becomes the first Chinese site to strike such a deal, making it a potential landmark moment for legitimacy in the Chinese video sharing world, which is often seen as being a haven for piracy.
Finally today, in a news story that is almost certainly related to number 2, 15 Chinese video sharing sites have all agreed to a government demand they begin searching for and removing copyright infringing material. Ku6 is among the sites listed. There is supposedly inspections of another 59 sites underway and seven sites have been closed and another subject to penalties for hosting infringing material.
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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