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First off today, in the Limewire case that is still ongoing, the judge has placed a limit on the potential monetary award by saying that the record labels do not deserve statutory damages for each dowload, but rather, just an award for each file infringed. However, with some 10,000 works being involved in the case, that means those damages could be anywhere between $7.5 million and $1.5 billion. A similar case with a separate set of record labels was settled last week while this one is schedule to go to court shortly.
Following the AP’s settlement with artist Shepard Fairey over the Obama “Hope” poster, AP has now gone after retailers that were selling the poster on various items, including Urban Outfitters Inc., Nordstrom Inc. and Zumiez Inc. This move comes as another case against a different clothing company is scheduled to go to trial later this month.
Finally today, Demand Progress has begun circulating a petition on behalf of Bryan McCarthy, the former owner of ChannelSurfing.net, which had his site seized and then was arrested by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). McCarthy’s site was one that embedded links to streams of various sporting events, most of which were posted online elsewhere unlawfully. According to the DHS and ICE, McCarthy’s actions were a form of criminal copyright infringement but Demand Progress claims that all he was doing was linking to sites, that the arrest is “shocking” and could affect other linking sites. Demand Progress plans on delivering its petition to ICE at the end of the week.
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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