3 Count: Piracy Redux?

3 Count: Piracy Redux? Image

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday.

1: L.A. Times Sued by David Strick Over Photo Copyright

First off today, photographer David Strick has sued the L.A. Times claiming that the paper is unlawfully using hundreds of his photos. The two sides had worked together to promote Strick’s behind-the-scenes photos of various TV and movie sets. However, the deal soured in 2010 when the Times refused to renew his contract but continued to use his existing photos. Strick, who was never a full-time employee, claims that’s a breach of the terms of his contract and has sued for copyright, claiming to still control full rights in his images. The Times claims that, by uploading the images via their CMS, Strick gave them permission to use the photos even after the deal ended.

2: Record Industry Braces for Artists’ Battles Over Song Rights

Next up today, record labels are bracing as artists who recorded their music in the late seventies begin filing for termination of their copyright agreements. Laws that took effect in 1978 enabled artists to seek termination of their contracts and return control of the copyright to themselves after 35 years. To do that, however, artists need to file for the termination two years before they wish to seek it and within five years of eligibility. That means the artists who recorded in 1978 are beginning to file terminations now for possible completion in 2013. The record labels are considering a legal battle, alleging that recordings are a work for hire, but legal scholars are dubious about those assertions.

3: Sorry, Hollywood: Piracy May Make a Comeback

Finally today, GigaOm author Janko Roettgers penned a piece to warn Hollywood that the factors are ripe for piracy to make a comeback. Between a dubious economy, price hikes on Netflix, restrictions on Hulu and other factors, he believes it to be possible that many consumers, eager to trim their entertainment budgets, may turn to piracy. The article prompted a response from the MPAA, which accused Roettgers of claiming piracy to be acceptable.

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.

Want the Full Story?

Tune in every Wednesday evening at 5 PM ET for the live recording of the Copyright 2.0 Show or wait and get the edited version Friday right here on Plagiarism Today.

The 3 Count Logo was created by Justin Goff and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

Want to Republish this Article? Request Permission Here. It's Free.

Have a Plagiarism Problem?

Need an expert witness, plagiarism analyst or content enforcer?
Check out our Consulting Website