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First off today, Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty has drawn fire from ABC over his campaign’s use of footage from the 1980 Winter Olympics “Miracle on Ice” game. Pawlenty had used the footage in a commercial for his campaign prompting ABC to accuse him of copyright infringement and demand that he stop. Pawlenty’s campaign has said that they believe the use to be a fair one but respect ABC’s concerns and will respond to them.
Next up today, Jammie Thomas, first sued by the RIAA for file sharing in 2006, has once again had her damages reduced, down from $1.5 million ($62,500 per song) to $54,000 ($2,250 per song). The judge in the case took the steps after a third jury awarded the record labels the massive damages, that in turn after a second jury also awarded high damages only to have those reduced by the judge as well. The RIAA has said that they are likely to appeal this case if the damages are drastically reduced.
Finally today, the University of Calgary has announced that it is ending its relationship with Access Copyright, a copyright clearance group that ensures universities have permission to use various works on campus, and will instead