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First off today, Vince Cable, the UK’s new Business Secretary, has announced that he believes the government’s proposal to block file sharing sites will not work and plans to roll back that part of the Digital Economy Act. He also announced that he wishes to introduce legislation to remove the blocks on certain forms of private copying, most of which are already legal in the U.S. and elsewhere, and is reviewing the concept of a digital rights exchange that, he hopes, will make it easier to start up legitimate services.
Next up today, DVD streaming service Zediva has been hit with an injunction that orders it to shut down. The service thought it had found a loophole in copyright law by streaming movies to users by using a bank of traditional DVD players and legitimately purchased DVDs. However, the judge in the case felt that Zediva was violating the movie studios’ right to “public performance” and has ordered the service to stop streaming movies. Zediva, however, plans on appealing the ruling.
Finally today, Pixar Studios won a victory against a UK screenwriter that claimed the 2 “Cars” movies were a violation of works of his he created and submitted to various parties related to Pixar. However, in filing its summary judgement, the judge found that the screenwriter, Jake Mandeville-Anthony, had failed to establish substantial similarity between the works and that the statute of limitations had expired on the case. There is no word if Mandeville-Anthony plans on appealing the ruling.
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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