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First off today, as was widely expected, Viacom filed its appeal in the YouTube case on Friday, taking the matter before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Viacom sued YouTube and its parent company, Google, claiming that the site rose to prominence by ignoring and even encouraging piracy. However, the lower court threw the case out saying the site qualified for safe harbor protections for removing works when notified. However, Viacom believes that YouTube does not qualify for such protections due to their encouragement of piracy and willingness to turn a blind eye to it.
LimeWire, which recently lost its suit to the RIAA, which accused it of enabling massive amounts of copyright infringement via its file sharing software, has decided to shut its doors on December 31. The move comes after an injunction barred LimeWire from enabling file sharing over its software, which it complied with in October. The company had planned to launch a legal music service but it seems that those plans have been scrapped as well.
Finally today, as the Wikileaks cable scandal is breaking, diplomatic cables between the U.S. and its Spanish embassy seem to show that U.S. trade representatives effectively wrote the new proposed copyright law in Spain, which is due up for debate shortly and is aimed at making file sharing sites illegal. It remains to be seen if and how this revelation will affect the debate but there’s already been a great deal of conversation about it on the Web.
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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