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First off today, Huffington Post author Ryan Grim has accused former President George W. Bush of having lifted significant portions of his memoirs, Decision Points, from various non-fiction sources. According to Grim, at least 16 passages from the book came verbatim or almost verbatim from other sources. The cases include incidents where Bush quotes events where he was not present but instead appears to have lifted content from other books on the subject, including at least some that his office had questioned the accuracy of. More on this scandal later.
Next up today, Crimestoppers in the UK is launching a new holiday campaign aimed at counterfeit goods, including fake DVDs and CDs. According to the campaign, the sales of these goods can be used to fund organized crime. The campaign also includes fake clothing and other items that, according to the press release, may make up a larger amount of the losses incurred every year.
Finally today, if you’re wondering why there is no Netflix app for the Android yet, Netflix announced the reason was because Android doesn’t have adequate DRM protections to enable them to meet their obligations to the movie studios. They did say that they expect to have an app released early next year but the problem is that it will be on a per-device basis, not a blanket one for all Android phones.
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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