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First off today, an adviser to the highest tribunal in the EU has ruled that a Belgian court ruling ordering a local ISP to filter out copyright infringing traffic is invalid and violates privacy rights. Though the ruling didn’t eliminate the possibility of all filters, just ones that were not proportionate and effective, the ruling is seen as a major setback for copyright holders which had lobbied for filtering. Though the ruling is non-binding, the EU tribunal usually rules the same as its adviser.
Next, some 3,000 doctors have signed up with a company named Medical Justice that, among its services, offers doctors “libel protection” by having the doctor’s patients sign a contract granting the company copyright in all reviews that they create, which enables the company to file takedown notices over negative and unwanted reviews. Though the company is confident that their system is legal, several sites, including Yelp and RateMD, have refused to honor takedown such notices and legal experts warn of potentially serious consequences for using such a strategy.
Finally today, a New Zealand MP, Melissa Lee, tweeted about getting a K Pop compilation from a friend just hours before giving a speech in support of the country’s latest anti-piracy legislation, which will implement a three strikes regime in the country to disconnect suspected file sharers. However, under New Zealand law, such a compilation is very likely unlawful and may dub Lee herself as an infringer. Lee defended herself saying that the tracks were legally purchased though such a purchase does not, by itself, authorize the making of a compilation disc to hand to someone else.
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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