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First off today, the controversial television streaming service Ivi is seeking a stay of the court order that had demanded it stop streaming television programs from a variety of networks. The company was sued by a collection of television and media companies, which complained that the service was unlawfully streaming their content online. Ivi had claimed that was a cable network under the current law and thus qualified to rebroadcast TV signals for a small fee. The judge, however, disagreed and ordered Ivi to shut its streaming service off, an order that Ivi is now seeking to halt.
Next up today, the Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN has fallen victim to a massive DDOS attack that has taken its site offline. According to BREIN, the attack is being launched by supporters of FTD, a Usenet search engine that was a favorite among file downloaders recently closed by BREIN. However, FTD is far from the only site that BREIN has closed, leading to speculation that there may be other sites/groups involved.
Finally today, Houston Playwright Je’Caryous Johnson is celebrating his recent court victory over author Michael Baisden. Baisden sued Johnson saying that he had continued to perform two plays, “Men Cry in the Dark” and the “Maintenance Man”, as well as sell DVDs of performances, without permission. According to Johnson, Baisden had given him permission to turn the stories into plays but claimed that the rights expired, a notion that the jury disagreed with.
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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