3 Count: Scene Change

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1: 98% of BitTorrent Users In Copyright Shakedown Filed in Wrong Jurisdiction

The U.S. Copyright Group, best known for its massive litigation campaign against alleged Bittorrent file sharers, has decided to change venues for its operation. Following a pair of defeats in the District of Columbia on jurisdictional grounds, the group has decided to try nearby Maryland to see if it has better luck. It has filed a suit there against some 4,165 unnamed defendants, IDed only by their IP addresses, that allegedly shared the Nu Image film “The Mechanic”. However, as Torrentfreak revealed, only 2% of the defendants in the case are apparently in the jurisdiction, setting up yet another possible battle on that front.

2: Court Orders Oracle and Google into Third Day of Settlement Talks

Next up today, the judge in the Oracle/Google case, which centers around alleged patent and copyright violations made by Google when implementing JAVA in its Android operating system, has ordered the two sides to spend another day attempting to negotiate a settlement. The judge is hoping that the two sides can resolve at least some of their issues in order to streamline the case, which has been set for a trial to begin October 31. The judge also wants Oracle to revisit some of its 21 patent claims in hopes that it will drop at least some.

3: Judge Dismisses Copyright Lawsuit Over Fox’s ‘Percy Jackson’ Franchise

Finally today, a judge has dismissed a case against 20th Century Fox and others behind the “Percy Jackson” series of films and novels. The suit, filed by Robyn and Tony DiTocco, who wrote a series of children books starting in 2002, claimed that the Percy Jackson films were based on their novels. The judge, however, said that the similarities were either elements already in the public domain, such as the lead character’s name “Percy”, which is based on the Greek hero Perseus, or otherwise did not rise to copyright infringement. It has not been announced is The DiTocco’s plan on appealing the ruling.


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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