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First off today, the MPAA has sent a series of notices to Google over alleged copyright violations taking place over the Google network. Though the bulk of the violations deal with movies being downloaded or viewed illegally over freely provided Google hotspots, at least some of the notices seem to target employees at Google’s headquarters and the language of the notices, which is likely stock, seems to hint that Google could lose its Internet access if it continues. The MPAA went on to suggest that Google implement steps to prevent further infringement and promote legal choices.
Next up today, Marvel Comics has emerged victorious in its case against Stan Lee Media Inc. (SLMI) that saw the two lock horns over the rights to various Stan Lee creations including Iron Man, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Stan Lee, who is separate from SLMI, reached a settlement with Marvel some time ago to let Marvel retain rights to those characters but shareholders at SLMI objected and sued Marvel, saying those rights were taken from them. However, the judge in the case has dismissed SLMI’s current motion, saying it was improper. However, given how many times this case has come back to life, it seems likely to make yet another return.
Finally today, reports indicate that Walmart has filed a copyright complaint with Domains By Proxy against askwalmart.com, an anti-walmart site that opposes the chain’s planned expansion into New York City, saying the site goes too far with its similarities and pushes into copyright infringement. If Walmart gets its way, the site would redirect to the chain’s official site. As of this writing, no such change has been made.
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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