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First off today, nearly a dozen media companies have sued Zite, the company that created the popular iPad ereader with the same name, claiming copyright infringement. According to the claimants, which include Dow Jones, National Geographic and Time, Zite’s application unlawfully reproduces images and stories from their publications without permission. Zite functions as a personalized magazine for the iPad, taking news from the user’s desired source and formatting them for easy reading on the iPad.
Next up today, EMI lost its appeal over the popular 1983 Men at Work song “Down Under”. Publisher Larrikin Music had sued EMI saying that “Down Under” unlawfully used the melody from the 70-year-old children’s song “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree”. The lower court agreed with Larrikin, saying that the song was an infringement, and the Appeals Court has upheld that ruling, ordering EMI to pay five percent of the song’s royalties accrued since 2002. There is no word if EMI may appeal the case to Australia’s High Court.
Finally today, a study by Strategy Analytics indicates that, in the U.S. digital music sales may eclipse physical sales next year. This, according to their estimates, will happen as physical sales will plummet and digital sales will inch forward, overtaking it. Also, according to the report, digital downloads will be the predominant format on into 2015 with subscription services lagging behind.
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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