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First off today, HADOPI, the French organization that is overseeing that nation’s “three strikes” law, announced that it has some 60 alleged file sharers that are on their third notice and may get their Internet access cut. The organization sent out 650,000 initial warning letters and 44,000 second warnings but, so far, only sixty have ignored both and now face additional action. Those 60 will be visited by a government advisor who will assess the circumstances and provide insight on what action may be appropriate.
Next up today, Australia is the newest target of mass file sharing lawsuits. as a group name the “Movie Rights Group” has sued some 9,000 unnamed defendants in the country for allegedly sharing the movie “Kill the Irishman”. The move follows similar litigation tactics, which have struggled in the US and the UK.
Finally today, the Spanish-language media giant Univision is threatening to sue DAR.fm, a site that makes it possible to safe radio programs for later listening, similar to what TiVO does for television. Though format and time-shifting programs is generally considered to be legal, DAR offers a paid service where users can shift their saved radio shows to other devices, such as MP3 players. The law seems to forbid such commercial copying. DAR is owned by Michael Robertson, who is probably best known for his site MP3.com and the lawsuits the eventually closed it.
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