First off today, the UK’s independent regulator in charge of overseeing many elements of the UK’s controversial Digital Economy Act is said to be releasing its code of practice for tackling internet copyright infringement by file sharing customers. The code, when implemented will determine how ISPs will be notified, track and enforce copyright within the country, including how the costs for enforcement will be split. The code is a requirement of the act and an initial draft released in March caused a great deal of controversy, especially among ISPs. The code was due by the end of the last year but was pushed back to March of this year following several delays and issues.
Next up today, Greek Police have arrested five and INTERPOL is allegedly seeking out two others elsewhere in Europe for their involvement in the popular Greek forum TheGreekz. The five have been charged with copyright-related criminal offenses and the site itself has been shut down. Society for the Protection of Audiovisual Works (EPOE), who also filed a lawsuit over the site, were also the ones making the initial criminal complaint. The operation also resulted in the seizure of some 25 hard drives, 5 laptops and an unnamed number of CDs.
Finally today, a lesson the importance of being copyright savvy in the digital age. A girl, apparently upset at her ex-boyfriend, decided to Google bomb his name. To do this, she found an image of the guy in question and uploaded dozens of copies of it to a site, each with comical sayings written on them. The result was that her images dominated the top results for his name in Google Image Search and, though his mother was able to get the images taken down, since they were returning 200 codes, meaning that the file is still there, they were not removed from Google Search, thus prompting a Google Webmasters Forum post that kicked off the entire story.
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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