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First off today, as Spain’s government prepares to debate revisions to its copyright laws that may make it illegal to host a file sharing site, many of the country’s most popular sites protested the laws by replacing their homepages with a black page with a warning that it might be the future of those sites if the law is passed. The law in question, the Sustainable Economy Law, will likely pass today and close a loophole that allowed file sharing sites to operate within the country so long as they meet certain criteria, including not earning a profit.
Next up today, the U.S. Government, as well as other nations, will be spending millions of dollars in 2011 to educate judges and other officials about intellectual property law. The money will go to Interpol as well as countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Philippines that are seeking to crack down on intellectual property issues.
Finally today, in a story that I missed, the Copyright Royalty Board in the U.S. declined to raise royalty rates for Internet streaming sites, despite please from royalty collecting services such as Soundexchange. The Digital Media Association (DiMA), an organization that represents online music streaming services and retailers, applauded the decision citing the more than three-fold increase in royalties from the past three years.
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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