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First off today, in the United States, ISPs have agreed to forward copyright notices on to subscribers who are accused of copyright infringement and, after a series of five warnings, possibly take other action including requiring the customer to take a copyright training course before resuming access or having their download speeds reduced. The plan was brokered between the major ISPs in the country and a range of copyright holders, it does not include providing subscriber information to copyright holders and it does not mandate ISPs cut access to alleged infringers. THe plan negotiations were also spurred by the White House, which applauded the deal. ISPs involved include AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon.
Next up today, in India, Phonographic Performances Ltd. (PPL), the organization responsible for collecting licensing fees on behalf of musicians when their songs are played commercially in public, won a series of three legal victories against the Event and Entertainment Management Association, The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India and Bangalore Fashion Week respectively. All three groups had gone to court arguing against the fees they were being asked to pay. In each case, the judge shot down their arguments and ruled in favor of PPL, holding up the organizations fees and practices. The rulings are expected to give PPL greater power to compel license fees from those who use music throughout India.
Finally today, R&B artist John Legend and his label have been sued by songwriter Anthony Stokes, who accused Legend of stealing “Maxine’s Interlude”, a track off of his album “Once Again”. According to Stokes, he gave Legend a demo of a song he wrote, “”Where Are You Now,” only to have Legend use the majority of the song in “Maxine’s Interlude”. Stoked included images of Legend on the night he claims to have handed the disc to him and points out several similarities between the songs. Stokes registered his song with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2004.
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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