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First off today, LimeWire may be close to striking a deal to settle its lawsuit with the record labels rather than wait for a jury award. The file sharing service was shuttered last fall and both the company and its found have been found liable for copyright infringement. However, a trial began earlier this week on the issue of damages alone, to decide how much LimeWire owed. It seems though that the case may not make it to the jury as the two sides have had at least three settlement talks, indicating that they may be close to an agreement. The trial is scheduled to last several more weeks.
Next up today, China’s largest search engine, Baidu, has been ordered to pay 550,000 yuan ($84,722) to Qidian.com for letting users download five novels the company has ownership of. This come shortly after the Ministry of Culture in the company said that they are preparing to take action against the search engine for its controversial copyright policies, which include a popular MP3 search feature and a Books feature that made many text works available for download. Baidu has already filed an appeal of the ruling.
Finally today, a trio of French publishers have sued Google over its Google Book Search project, claiming that the search giant violated French copyright law by scanning thousands of books they own the rights to. The lawsuit comes after another group of publishers filed and won a similar lawsuit at the lower court level, though they only received a fraction of the damages they had requested. The first lawsuit is currently awaiting a verdict on appeal, making the second lawsuit a bit surprising at this time.
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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