3 Count: Pirate Blockade

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1: Pirate Politician Calls for Block on EU Copyright Extension

First off today, the lone Pirate Party member of the European Parliament (MEP), Christian Engström, is attempting to block a proposed copyright extension that would expand the copyright term on music recordings from 50 years to 70 years. However, that request has been denied and it appears that those who oppose the measure as well below the majority needed to block it. Engström, however, believes the issue to be important as the matter could be on the Parliament’s agenda Wednesday, despite it not being posted.

2: Google Highlights Advances in Copyright Protection

Next up today, Google is touting progress in its battle against copyright infringement, saying it’s made its new copyright infringement reporting tools available to a dozen parters that comprise some 75% of all DMCA takedown notices for the search engine. Those tools enable Google to removing infringing links within 24 hours of notice. They plan to make those tools more broadly available soon. Google has also been filtering out “pirate” keywords in its autocomplete and rooting out infirnging sites from its Adsense advertisement service, becoming the first to certify compliance in the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB’s) Quality Assurance Certification program.

3: SIIA Reaches Content Piracy Settlement on Behalf of Providence Publications

Finally today, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), has reached a settlement with Harbison-Mahony-Higgins Builders, Inc. (HMH) over its use of the Cal-OSHA Reporter, a newsletter about California occupational health and safety. According to the SIIA, HMH purchased a single license to the newsletter but made copies to pass around the company, in violation of that license. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but it marks another cas in the SIIA’s work to protect digital content, including software, text and other kinds of electronic work


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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