3 Count: On Broadway

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1: Author Files Suit Against Broadway’s “Fela!”

First off today, Carlos Moore, the author of the biography of African Musician Fela Kuti is suing the producers of the Broadway play “Fela”, accusing them of lifting whole parts of his book, saying it is the only authorized biography. He is seeking some $5 million in damages and a halt to production, including the upcoming London exhibition. The producers are stunned by the turn of events, saying that Moore is on the show’s site approving of the play.

2: Anonymous Plans to Slow DDoS Attacks, Outlines Patent and Copyright Reform

Next up today, Anonymous, the loosely organized group of “protesters” who famously launched denial of service attacks against various pro-copyright sites have announced that they are slowing their DDOS campaign in favor of a more traditional approach. They have also outlined their platform for copyright reform, which includes a reduction in term of copyright to 25 years in just 2-3 years time and an eventual reduction to 0-1 years. They hope to effect this change through the current political system saying that their DDOS campaign was too widely ignored, even after they began attacking government sites.

3: US High Court Hears Costco Case On Resale Of Foreign-Made Goods

Finally today, the long anticipated hearing of the Costco case before the Supreme Court has begun. The case began after Costco imported Omega watches through a legitimate reseller abroad and sold them in the U.S. for a lower price. According to Omega, the watches contained a logo that was copyrighted and the law prohibits importation of copyrighted works without permission. Costco is arguing that they legally purchased the watches and can resell as they see fit. The case is expected to be a major decision regarding right of first sale among other things.


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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