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First off today, the Chamber of Commerce, the largest business lobbying firm, is making a renewed push on copyright and counterfeit issues and is aiming to have Congress pass new legislation this year targeted at shutting down infringing websites. The group had supported COICA, the controversial law that would have allowed for the seizure of domain names of sites dedicated to copyright infringement, but that law was defeated last session. However, according to Chamber officials, the timing may be better this year with many of the “megabills” out of the way. This news comes shortly after the Obama administration announced it would be sending a new copyright proposal to Congress in the near future.
Next up today, the band Econoline Crush has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Nickelback and the band’s labels saying that the Nickelback’s 2003 song “Figured You Out” is substantially similar to their 1997 song “All That You Are.” The band is seeking the maximum damages allowed under copyright law.
Finally today, author Neil Gaiman recently gave an interview on the subject of piracy and how he found that piracy of his books actually helped him increase sales, especially in countries where piracy was rampant. He went on to say that free books, whether legal or illegal, were a good way to introduce new people to an author, who then become loyal fans.
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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