Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday.
First off today, SAP has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges related to its ongoing dispute with Oracle. The issue centers around a now-shuttered SAP subsidiary, TomorrowNow, which Oracle accused of unlawfully downloading and distributing their software, a fact SAP has admitted to. Criminal charges in the matter were filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco but it appears that a plea deal has already been struck, though it will remain under seal pending court approval. The move also likely signals a plea deal in the separate civil case, which saw Oracle initially win a $1.3 billion award only to have that reduced to $272 million by the judge.
Next up today, Canada’s controversial C-32 bill is scheduled to make another return according to Heritage Minister James Moore, who says he hopes to pass the bill before Christmas, but there may be further delays as the Canadian Supreme Court is set to rule on a series of copyright cases that could change how the bill is interpreted. The bill, which is a far-reaching overhaul of Canadian copyright law, will likely be on hold pending the court’s rulings on the cases, including one asking whether teachers who make copies of textbooks for classrooms should be shielded from paying tariffs. Moore also says that the bill is contrary to what the U.S. has wanted, apparently trying to rebut criticism that the bill is primarily aimed at appeasing U.S. interests.
Finally today, when a reporter uploaded footage he took from a an Eddie Vedder solo performance, he was surprised to find that his video was taken down, not from a copyright complaint by Vedder, Pearl Jam or their label, but by The Ten Club, Pearl Jam’s official fan club. Vedder nor Pearl Jam has commented on the case, though it would be highly unusual to authorize a fan club like that to file takedown notices as the notices have to come from an authorized agent to be valid. If this is the case, it could represent a new strategy among musicians to seek out and remove unwanted YouTube clips.
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.
Want the Full Story?
Tune in every Wednesday evening at 5 PM ET for the live recording of the Copyright 2.0 Show or wait and get the edited version Friday right here on Plagiarism Today.