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First off today, following their legal setback yesterday, Righthaven has vowed to fight on and has said it has already addressed many of the concerns raised. Yesterday a judge ruled that Righthaven did not have standing to sue in their case against Democratic Underground ans Stephens Media, the owners of the Las Vegas Review-Journal had only assigned them the right to sue and not an exclusive right under the law. However, according to Righthaven, they amended their agreement in May so that Righthaven has exclusive rights and gives Stephens Media a non-exclusive license to use the content. The judge also threatened sanctions against Righthaven for not disclosing that Stephens Media has a financial interest in the case, something Righthaven has said they will address.
Next up today, Sweden’s largest private Bittorrent tracker, Piratetorrents.nu, closed abruptly after its owners feared that police may be moving in to arrest them. The move comes after a police raid shuttered another popular tracker in the country, XNT.nu. The abrupt closures are a further sign that Sweden, despite being the home of The Pirate Bay, is cracking down on Bittorrent sites within its borders.
Finally today, a video of an orangutan saving the life of a drowning chick has started something of a copyright battle. Michael McGrane filmed the footage at the Dublin Zoo in 2007 only to recently have a news agency News Team International license the video without his permission to several sites, including The Daily Mail. The agency has said that they are willing to share the revenue earned with McGrane but are under no obligation to do so as “the clip was available online”. Most of the uses of the video failed to credit McGrane for the video and, in fact, said it was a recent clip taken by a zookeeper.
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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