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First off today, the latest game in the popular Call of Duty series has been leaked on Bittorrent, maybe. After several copies of the game “Call of Duty: Black Ops” were stolen from a pressing plant, the leak seemed inevitable and now a torrent has shown up but there is significant doubt if it is a real one. However, friends of the site IP Cybercrime, which is run by Rob Holmes, managed to get some of the copies back by simply tracking down those who had it and asking for it nicely, including asking one young boy’s mother. However, it seems possible that at least one copy of the game has leaked out on Bittorrent, two weeks before the November 9th official release.
Next up today, the big three networks, ABC, NBC and CBS have all blocked access to their content from Google TV, preventing users from streaming their content. However, at least one of the networks, NBC, has apps available for other networks, including CNBC, available for the device. It’s also unclear if the ban is very effective as several users have reported being able to watch some or all of various shows before being blocked. The networks join Hulu as notable holdouts on Google TV. Though Viacom and Google are not blocking at this time, they may choose to do so later.
Finally today, in an example of world news and copyright news colliding, the Chilean miner who sent the now-famous note to the surface letting the world know that they were alive and trapped has now received an official copyright registration on the note. That note, which simply says, “Estamos bien en el refugio los 33” (“We are okay in the refuge, the 33 of us”) appeared on t-shirts and mugs during the dramatic rescue. The miner who wrote it, Jose Ojeda, simply says he wants to ensure no one misuses the phrase and that the move was inspired by his President’s use of the phrase while overseas in Europe.
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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