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First off today, streaming television site FilmOn, which was streaming live TV from the major broadcast networks in the U.S., has received a temporary restraining order barring it from streaming video from those networks, all four of which had sued the company. This news bodes poorly for competitor and also-defendant iviTV, both of which make similar arguments that their service is legal. However, FilmOn says that they are in negotiations with the networks and are hoping to have a “cooperative” business model some time in the near future.
Next up today, the estate of Ray Charles is suing the deceased musician’s son, Ray Charles Robinson Jr. for copyright infringement after Robinson used a photo of his father on the cover of his new book, “You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles” as well as some lyrics from some of his father’s songs. Also named in the suit is the book’s publisher, Random House.
Finally today, the British Library has released some 3 million records from the British National Bibliography into the public domain using Creative Commons’ CC0 waiver. This is part of the JISC OpenBibliography project, which hopes to make bibliographic data available without restrictions to the public.
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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