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First off today, rapper 50 Cents, along with his label, producer and others involved with him have been sued by Atlanta rapper Tyrone Simmons, who goes by “Caliber,” saying that Simmons is the exclusive copyright holder to the instrumental track used in 50 Cent’s 2007 song “I Get Money.” Little else is known about the lawsuit other than it is seeking damages and that Simmons is not the creator of the track but instead purchased the rights to it. (Thanks to @saving4someday for the link!)
Next up today, in the UK the MPAA is beginning legal proceedings in the country to have local ISP BT block access to NZB search site Newsbin2. According to Torrentfreak, the MPA is seeking to use a little-used law to force the ISP to block the site and, according BT, they have already received the paperwork for a request to do so. No action has been confirmed at this time but MPA did confirm the strategy in a response to the site.
Finally today, the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in the Costco case may, literally, be the shortest opinion in the court’s long history. The opinion simply read, “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.” Nine words, nothing more. No opinion. No precedent. Nothing else to say.
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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