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First off today, three of the four founders of The Pirate Bay have lost their appeal and had their convictions for aiding in copyright infringement upheld. Though the three men, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstrom, had their sentences reduced from one year to 10, 8 and 4 months respectively, their total damages owed was increased to £4.1million. The fourth member of the group, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, could not be tried due to illness and will be tried separately at a later date.
Next up today, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized the domains of some 70+ sites that it says were either trading in copyrighted goods or counterfeit merchandise. The seizures come without any warning or court action, causing many to worry that the action violated due process. The seizures were also performed without the need for the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which would have created a court process for such seizures but died when Congress adjourned earlier this month. ICE has commented saying that this is an ongoing investigation, hinting that more seizures may be forthcoming.
Finally today, screenwriter and Long Island native Patricia ‘PJ’ McIlvaine has been sued by 20th Century Fox for her site, where she posted the scripts to various Hollywood movies in a bid to help other screenwriters see how the movies were made. Though most of the movies were classics, such as Aliens and Edward Scissorhands, at least one of the movies, Deadpool, was unreleased. Fox is suing for $15 million. Court papers list some 79 scripts with only Deadpool being unreleased.
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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