3 Count: Imaginary Friend

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1: Music Execs Want to Know How a (Possibly Imaginary) 13-Year-Old Brought Down Bieber on YouTube

First off today, at least some music executives are asking questions as to how a possibly fictional 13-year-old was able to successfully get music videos by Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, among others, removed from YouTube for several hours. As reported earlier, the user, named ILCreative, had filed copyright notices against the official YouTube channels of many artists. New details, however, are showing that ILCreative was able to do so because he or she had been authorized as a YouTube partner and that gave them greater access to file copyright reports. Though some music executives are pushing for answers, others are calling it an isolated incident that is not a sign of a larger problem.

2: Survey: College Plagiarism Is at an All-Time High

Next up today, a Pew Research Center survey indicates that more than half of all college students believe that plagiarism has increased over the last ten years and nearly 90 percent put at least some of the blame on the Web and computers. Other results from the study find a wide expectation in the growth of digital textbooks and online eduction.

3: No Internet Rush to Beat Copyright Clampdown

Finally, today is the day that New Zealand’s “three strikes” law takes effect but it doesn’t appear that Internet users in the country rushed to download all of their files beforehand. There was no reported spike in data usage despite the law’s deadline. However, in other articles, there has been a report of users switching to using proxy services in an attempt to avoid detection under the law.


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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