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First off today, after three years of negotiations YouTube has inked a deal with the French copyright society SACEM, thus giving the video sharing site access to its catalog of represented content from France, Luxembourg and Andorra. SACEM represents songwriters and composers in France and, along with YouTube’s already-existing deal with French record labels will be able to play SACEM music on their site. The deal is retroactive, going back to 2007 and lasts to 2012.
Next up today, the Pirate Bay appeal is now in day 3 though it was apparently a mundane day. Rather than discussing issues about piracy and copyright infringement, one of the defendants, Carl Lundström, made his case that he was not a financier of the site and should be dropped. The appeal is for the conviction of the four alleged administrators of the site which saw the four defendants be sentenced to a year in prison for copyright infringement and ordered to pay a total of about $3.6 million in damages.
Finally today, a new study finds that many of the classic audio recordings of our culture may already be lost and that digital records may be in grave jeopardy already. The reason is that laws targeted at preventing piracy have, often, prevented preservation efforts and many media companies, without financial motivation to preserve their archives, have failed to do so. Furthermore, digital media is in grave risk because CDRs, a common format for storing digital files, only lasts a few years and digital libraries must be actively maintained and not being stuck on a shelf. The study comes ahead of a National Recording Preservation Plan being developed by the Library of Congress for later this year.
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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