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First off today, the Spanish company Puerto 80 is suing the U.S. government over its recent seizure of their American Rojadirecta domains. According to the company, the site had done nothing illegal and that its property was taken from it unlawfully. The company also says that its site has lost 1/3 of its traffic since the seizure.
Next up today, musician Matt Heart’s lawsuit against Summit Entertainment, the distributors of the “Twilight” films, will live to see another day (or night). Heart sued after Summit got one of his songs, “Eternal Night”, was booted off YouTube, iTunes and Amazon among other sites following an infringement claim from Summit. However, the song itself was written in 2002 though Heart had republished it with new CD art and descriptions that implied it was inspired by Twilight, which came later. The judge dismissed parts of Heart’s lawsuit but allowed his core case, that Summit had overstepped copyright by filing for the takedown. Summit had argued that they were forced to use the copyright takedown process as it was the only one offered.
Finally today, Anonymous is taking aim at Malaysia’s government after a leaked memo indicated that the government is pushing local ISPs to block access to certain sites it accuses of copyright infringement. According to an announcement, the group is planning to launch a denial of service attack on the governments main site tomorrow. There is no word on how long the attack is expected to last.
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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