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The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which would require domain registrars to block sites dedicated to piracy as well as impose requirements on payment processors, is likely dead for this legislative session. Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, announced his plan to block the bill, which would hold it up until after the legislative session ends in a few days. The bill received unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which sent the bill to the Senate for a vote, which doesn’t seem like it will happen this session, meaning the bill will have to be refiled next year.
Next up today, Righthaven, the company which has filed dozens of lawsuits against various sites for reusing content from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, has dropped its lawsuit against former Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle. This comes after the two parties have reached a private agreement. Righthaven sued Angle after she used an article and editorial from the paper on her campaign site. The terms of the agreement are not known but the move comes as Righthaven has dropped a lawsuit against Democratic Underground and has lost another lawsuit against a realtor on the grounds of fair use.
Finally today, UK law firm Davenport Lyons, one of the first to engage in the mass lawsuits against those suspected of file sharing, was taken to task by the country Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for knowing that the evidence was weak in many cases and proceeding anyway, essentially knowingly targeting innocent users. The firm famously sent out settlement demand letters to suspected pirates, offering them to settle cases for £500 damages plus costs and many paid up. According to the SRC, this is a violation of the Solicitors’ code and may subject the firm to penalties under it.
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