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First off today, the “massive” copyright lawsuit filed by Filmon.com’s owner, Alkiviades David, against CNET and its parent CBS has been dropped. David, who sued CNET claiming that its download.com affiliate was the primary distribution channel for LimeWire, was only able to list six obscure copyrighted works in his lawsuit. The lawsuit was mired in controversy from day one as David only threatened or took action after CBS, along with other TV networks, shut down his site, which was rebroadcasting live TV online. However, David has said this is not the end of his lawsuit and that he has been approached by other rightsholders and intends to refile shortly.
Next up today, Mark Kelly, the Chief Executive of The Featured Artist’s Coalition, penned an editorial where he called for the UK government to move forward with the Hargreaves report recommendation of making participation in proposed Digital Copyright Exchange a requirement of receiving protections from the Digital Economy Act, including the three strikes regime it includes. This would make artists’ works part of collective bargaining efforts and easier to license, an effort that Kelly says would fail without an adequate number of artists on board, thus requiring the “carrot” to encourage them to take part.
Finally today, Israel has recognized contributory copyright infringement for the first time. The case centers around a collection of pirated textbooks made available by a university organization backed by a political party. The original lawsuit found the publisher of the files liable for direct copyright infringement and the political party as well as the university liable for contributory copyright infringement. However, on appeal, the University’s liability was overturned though the others saw no change. The ruling was based on previously contributory infringement rulings for patent law and are expected to have impacts on digital downloads despite being centered around book publishing.
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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