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First off today, Google and French publisher La Martiniere have settled their differences over Google Book Search, which scans and indexes printed books much as Google does with Web-based content. The deal resolves a long-standing lawsuit between the two and a 2009 judgment against Google ordering them to stop scanning La Martiniere subsidiary works and pay 300,000 euros ($433,000) in damages. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but most of the revenue earned from the posting of La Martiniere works and sales of their books through Google’s Ebook platform will go to rightsholders.
Next up today, Righthaven, a Las Vegas company that has filed some 275 lawsuits over unlicensed use of content from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post, is claiming that the EFF and Citizens Against Litigation Abuse are attempting to stifle their due process rights. Specifically, Righthaven objects to an EFF friend of the court brief that asks the judge to dismiss Denver lawsuits with prejudice or as summary judgments. According to Righthaven, this is unprecidented for such a brief to make such a request and doing so would violate their rights to refile the cases when contract issues are cleared up. Some 30+ Righthaven lawsuits in Denver may be dismissed due to allegations Righthaven does not have proper grounds to sue.
Finally today, police in New York arrested Wing Sun Mak on two counts of copyright infringement. What makes the case unusual is that Mak operates a funeral store in the city, which specializes in selling crude fakes of luxury items, usually made of paper and cardboard, for the purpose of burning at funerals, which a custom at many Chinese funerals. At issue specifically were fake outfits made to look like Louis Vuitton’s and Gucci items. Mak has rejected a plea offer and plans to defend the case.
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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