3 Count: Tug of War

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1: US anti-piracy body targets foreign website owners for extradition

First off today, we have an update on the case of Richard O’Dwyer, a UK citizen who formerly ran the site TVShack and is being targeted for extradition by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the U.S. According to an ICE representative, the reason they can target a UK citizen for extradition is because of the fact he used U.S.-based domain names, including .net and .com. ICE also defended targeting linking sites, such as TVShack, likening them to drug deals done via proxy. O’Dwyer is currently fighting the extradition with a ruling due shortly.

2: Cameron Urged to Accept Copyright Reform Proposals

Next up today, also in the UK, a coalition of tech companies is calling for quick adoption of many of the recommendations in the recent Hargreaves report, including fair use provisions similar to those in the U.S., format shifting and the licensing of orphan works. According to the group, the Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), the rest of the recommendations are too complicated to be fast tracked as they either involve EU involvement or are non-legislative in nature. The group would like to see the changes passed by the end of this legislative year or the next at the latest. The government has yet to respond to the report but is expected to do so this week.

3: Music Rights Groups Raided By Police, Bosses Arrested For Fraud

Finally today, Spanish music rights and anti-piracy groups SGAE and SDAE were raided by police officers and some 9 people were arrested, including the president of SGAE, who were then charged with various corruption-related offenses. According to the complaint the groups, which are the main royalty collection groups in Spain, funneled money to organizations associated with the higher-ups in the groups, including consultants that were hired by the SDAE, which is operated by the SGAE. The two organizations have been tough campaigners for stronger copyright enforcement in the country and the consultants involved, Microgenesis, provided DRM solutions to the group as part of their activities. Special Thanks to Mario Pena for the link.


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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