3 Count: Access Denied

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1: Zediva Bows to Court Order, Suspends Online DVD Service

First off today, DVD streaming service Zediva, in order to comply with a recent court order, has ceased operations. The service, which previously allowed users to rent a DVD player via the Web to watch a physical DVD was the subject of a lawsuit from the movie studios, which in turn got an injunction against them on the grounds they were violating the movie’s public performance right. Zediva is appealing the ruling but is also emailing their existing customers about how to handle already-purchased credits.

2: UBC Joins Throng of Schools Opting Out of Copyright Contract

Next up today, in Canada the University of British Columbia has joined with 15 of the 25 biggest schools in the country in dropping their contract with Access Copyright. Access Copyright is a licensing group founded by authors and publishers to handle licensing and compensation for collegiate use of their work. However, after Access Copyright tried to impose higher fees and require greater monitoring of use, many schools have walked away from their existing agreements, setting the stage for them to either limit use copyrighted works or strike deals with publishers directly.

3: ‘3 strikes’ File Sharing Law Kicks in From Today

Finally, today is the day in which New Zealand’s “three strikes” legislation takes effect, meaning that copyright holders can now send notices to ISPs within the country regarding suspected copyright infringement by users. Those ISPs then have to forward on those notices and, after three such notices, account holders may have their access cut. Similar laws in other countries have had mixed receptions and approaches, including a recent U.S. agreement that is bringing a “six strikes” system this country.


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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