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First off today, Photobucket has fended off a pro se lawsuit filed by an artist, Sheila Wolk, who claimed that the company was not doing enough to keep her work off of their site. However, Photobucket, according to the court, qualified for safe harbor protection under the DMCA as it promptly removes works when notified and has completed all other formalities under the law. Wolk had wanted Photobucket to remove works preemptively or filter out infringing content but the judge, in issue the injunction, said that Photobucket had no such obligation.
Next up today, Robin Li, the Chariman and CEO of the Chinese search engine Baidu has issued an apology to authors who are upset about infringement on Baidu’s books and documents search tools. Talks between authors and the search engine broke down last week, leading Li to issue his statement, his first on the dispute. He went on to say that he is hoping to find a “win-win” business model that works for both side.
Finally today, Anonymous has launched another DDOS attack against the RIAA’s site, this time in response to the RIAA’s ongoing case against Limewire, where the organization mentioned damages against the company could reach as high as $75 trillion. The judge denied those high damages, saying that the RIAA could only collect statutory damages once per work, rather than per download as the RIAA had claimed. The RIAA site has been up and down since the DDOS attack began.
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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