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First off today, the RIAJ, a group that represents the major record labels in Japan, has filed suit against the site TubeFire, which enables users to freely download YouTube videos. The RIAJ sued claiming that some 10,000 music videos on YouTube were downloaded illegally using the service, which circumvents YouTube’s protections to prevent downloading. The labels are seeking damages based upon estimated losses for those 10,000 tracks and their distribution.
Next up today, musician Syl Johnson has sued Def Jam Records over their recent “Watch the Throne” release saying that one of the tracks, “The Joy” uses an uncleared sample of his song “Different Strokes”. “The Joy”, which featured Kanye West and Jay-Z, also has the wrong publishing company in the credits for the sample. “Watch the Throne” has already sold over 600,000 units and has been certified gold.
Finally today, in the UK, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are training some 350 prosecutors in England and Wales on how to build and win copyright and trademark related cases. Much of this effort is to prepare for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games being held in London and the deluge of IP cases widely expected to come with it.
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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