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First off today, Republican Senate candidates Sharron Angle and David Vitter have had videos removed from YouTube by representatives for photographer Chris Floyd who accuses them of using a photograph he took in Mexico in their campaign material without a license. Floyd, who had licensed the image of three Mexican men for editorial purposes only through Getty Images, claims both candidates violated the terms of the use for the photo and that neither had obtained a license. This prompted Getty to file a takedown notice against two videos that contained the image, one from both campaign. Angle’s campaign has removed their video from YouTube though it is unclear if Vitter’s has.
Next up today, the appeal in The Pirate Bay case has ended. The trial, which consisted mostly of testimony from the lower court trial, focused on issues such as ownership of The Pirate Bay, the profits, if any, it had taken in and financial support provided by Carl Lundström. A verdict in the case is not expected until late November.
Finally today, even as copyright societies in the U.S. and EU are mired in controversy, another is just getting started. The Copyright Society of Botswana is looking for its first CEO. Applicants must be fluent in both Setswana and English, have a relevant degree and at least 5 years of senior management experience. Even though it isn’t fully operational, the society has already been criticized by musicians for taking too long to collect royalties from Botswana’s four radio stations and two TV stations, as well as, likely, South African stations.
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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