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First off today, pornography site Perfect 10 has won an early round in its lawsuit against file hosting site Megaupload. Perfect 10 sued the site alleging that they were a major distributor of pirated Perfect 10 images and videos. Megaupload claimed that it was nothing more than a file storage service and asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed. However, the judge disagreed saying that certain actions taken by Megaupload, such as rewarding prominent uploaders and having multiple sites to funnel visitors to different types of content meant that it was not so simple. The ruling allows the case to move forward, including possibly a trial.
Next up today, the Press Association has agreed to pay independent news agency Solent News an undisclosed sum of money in a case where Solent accused PA of copyright infringement. The case stemmed from an interview Solent did with the father of murdered Bristol architect Joanna Yeates that Solent claims PA lifted content from. Though PA says they disagreed with Solent’s interpretation of the law, PA agreed to a “mutually satisfactory settlement” on the matter.
Finally today, Google, in its ongoing litigation with Oracle over alleged copyright infringements of Java in their Android code, may have found an unusual ally. Former Google CEO and current executive chairman Eric Schmidt has been cited in their defense as, in 1994, he testified before Congress that interface specifications were not protectable by copyright. The move is interesting because, at the time, he was CTO of Sun Microsystems, then-owner of Java. A hearing on Google’s motion is set for September 15.
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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