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First off today, in the UK the Performing Rights Society, a group that collects royalties for songwriters and composers. is proposing a “traffic light” system for search results that would display a “red light” next to sites that are engaging in piracy and a “green light” next to legitimate alternatives. Though many elements of the plan are unclear, such as who would judge which sites are legitimate and what the appeals process would look like, the group hopes the proposal, if enacted, would educate the “moral majority” on their alternatives.
Next up today, PayPal has teamed up with the IFPI and the British Police in a bid to block payments to pirate sites. The organization has already suspended payments to some 24 Russian and Ukrainian sites accused not paying royalties for tracks sold. The IFPI has also submitted information on another 38. After receiving such a complaint, PayPal requests proof of legitimacy and, if it is not supplied, cuts off the suspected site from its service.
Finally today, UK journalist and left-wing commentator Johann Hari will be stripped of his prestigious George Orwell prize due to a plagiarism row that began after a reader noticed that a quote from one of his pieces appeared to be lifted from a book. However, the announcement of the stripping is being postponed while Hari’s paper, The Independent, performs its investigation, with results due in less than two months.
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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