3 Count: Cold as ICE

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1: Judge Won’t Give Back Sports-Streaming Domain Seized By ICE

First off today, a judge has decided that the site Rojadirecta will not be getting its domain back. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized the domain, along with dozens of others, over alleged copyright violation. Rojadirecta sued ICE, claiming that it was a violation of their free speech rights. However, the judge apparently disagreed with Rojadirecta, saying that the site was used primarily for copyright infringement, namely posting links to copyrights sports streams, and would not suffer “substantial hardship” due to the revocation. Rojadirecta has resumed business using it’s Spanish domain.

2: Rapper Lil Wayne Slapped With $15 Million Lawsuit

Next up today, rapper Lil Wayne has been sued by Done Deal Enterprises, a Georgia-based production company, which claims that he stole his song “Bedrock” from them. The song, which also featured Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lloyd, rose to number 2 on the Billboard charts last year. The suit is seeking $15 million in damages and lists Universal Music Group, Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment as defendants.

3: After Much Ado, a Google Book Deal in France

Finally today, in France Google has managed to strike a deal with publisher Hachette Livre that will allow it to scan and post online tens of thousands of French book as part of its Google Book Search project. The deal comes as a similar one in the U.S. was dismissed by a judge. However, the French deal does have a major distinction in that the publisher gets to opt in on which books they wish to allow, something Google has resisted in the U.S.

Suggestions

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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