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1: Feds Arrest Owner of Seized Sports Streaming Domain

First off today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations have arrested Brian McCarthy, a Texas man they believe ran the site Channelsurfing.net, which offered streams of various sporting events. McCarthy, who has been charged with criminal copyright infringement, had already had his domain seized by ICE and had reopened shop on a .eu domain. If convicted McCarthy may spend up to five years in prison. The site, however, is still available.

2: Turkey Blocks Google Blogger in Football Broadcasting Row

Next up today, Google’s Blogger service has been blocked in Turkey but the reason is very surprising. It turns out Turkish satellite firm Digiturk went to court to protect their exclusive rights to broadcast Spor Toto Super League content on their Lig channel and had petitioned the court to block the entire service, with an estimated half a million blogs, because one site was broadcasting the matches unlawfully. Google has noted they have their own takedown system and that the ban was not necessary, but Turkey’s strict copyright regime makes it possible to easily ban entire sites.

3: Net Pirate Ruling May Force ISPs to Cut off Cheats

Finally today, though the recent iiNet ruling in Australia was a major victory for ISPs over content creators, it may have helped set the stage for copyright holders to, in the future, force ISPs in the nation to kick off suspected pirates. Though the court ruled that iiNet was not liable for copyright infringement by its users, despite movie studio’s insistence they were enabling the infringement, the ruling laid out what some are calling instructions for more effective notices and cooperation between ISPs and copyright holders in the future. This includes information on how to write better notices and to take on the financial burden of sending the notices.


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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