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First off today, Summit Entertainment, the movie company behind the “Twilight” movies, is suing the owner of Twilight.com for copyright and trademark infringement. According to Summit, the site repeatedly used photographs, logos and other elements from the Twilight movies without authorization and profited from its use of the information. The site currently is nothing more than links to authorized resellers of Twilight books and movies as well as banner ads. The lawsuit alleges that the site participated in contests and quizes that were unauthorized and misleading.
Next up today, Righthaven, the company that has filed some 275 lawsuits over content reused from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post, will be losing its contract with the latter. The publisher of the Denver Post, MediaNews Group, has announced it will be allowing its contract with Righthaven to expire. This is the latest in a string of setbacks for Righthaven, which has included negative court decisions, largely over their position to sue in the cases they have acted on.
Finally today, EU regulators have given approval to extending the copyright on sound recordings from 50 years to 70 years, a move that will likely be finalized on September 12 when a Council of Ministers will have a final say, forcing member states to pass the extension into law by 2014. The extension does not affect composers of songs or other copyright holders, which generally get a copyright for as long as they live plus another 70 years.
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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