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First off today, IRMA, Ireland’s counterpart to the RIAA, has failed in its bid to force Irish ISP UPC to enforce a “three strikes” policy and disconnect alleged file sharers. The country’s high court ruled that the ISP is a “mere conduit” and does not have any obligation to disconnect suspected file sharers. UPC has vowed to work with copyright holders but applauded the ruling. IRMA had, in the past, successfully pushed another Irish ISP, Eircom, into implementing such a scheme, it is unclear if that agreement will change.
Next up today, in Canada the CBC, Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster, recently banned the use of Creative Commons music in their broadcasts. The reason, according to a CBC representative, is because many of the uses of Creative Commons content can be described as commercial use, including copies for sale on iTunes, and the majority of CC-licensed work is not available for commercial use. However, the CBC did say that they will continue to use CC-licensed works on their non-commercial platforms as appropriate.
Finally today, last month Fox News sued the Robin Carnahan campaign alleging their commercial, which used a clip from one of the network’s shows, violated copyright. However, as well as fair use arguments, their attorneys have another potential case, in that Fox News had not yet registered their copyright in the work when they filed suit. The registration for the video is dated September 20, five days after the lawsuit was filed, meaning the court likely doesn’t have jurisdiction over the matter.
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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