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First off today, musician Bob Dylan is drawing controversy over his recent series of paintings, “The Asia Series”, as it appears at least some of them may not have been painted from his experiences in Asia, as the gallery promised, but from well-known photographs. Two of the paintings in particular “Trade” and “Opium” appear to copy the composition of earlier photographs almost exactly. The Gagosian Gallery, where the paintings are on display, released a statement saying that: “While the composition of some of Bob Dylan’s paintings is based on a variety of sources, including archival, historic images, the paintings’ vibrancy and freshness come from the colors and textures found in everyday scenes he observed during his travels.”
Next up today, music streaming service Spotify appears to be having a profound impact on piracy, at least in Sweden. The country is reporting a 25% drop in illegal music downloads following the launch of Spotify. Music streaming has also become the most popular way for obtaining music in the country, with 40% of users engaging in it, which is 4x the 10% who admitted to pirating content.
Finally today, another former administrator at NinjaVideo has plead guilty to criminal copyright infringement. Hana Beshara plead guilty yesterday for her involvement in the site, which was shuttered in June 2010 by having its domain seized. Criminal charges were filed agianst 5 administrators earlier this month. Beshara, according to the criminal complaint, was the day-to-day administrator of the site. She joins David Howard Smith, who plead guilty last week, in signing plea deals over their involvement with the site.
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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