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First off today, Justin A. Dedemko, one of the co-founders of the site NinjaVideo, has plead guilty to criminal copyright infringement and agreed to pay renumeration for the $58,004 he received for his efforts. Dedemko becomes the fourth co-conspirator to plead guilty and the last of the co-founders to do so. Only Zoi Mertzanis, who lives in Greece, remains charged but without a conviction. NinjaVideo was shut down in July 2010 but criminal charges were only filed earlier this year against four in the U.S. and one in Greece. Dedemko faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced February 24, 2012.
Next up today, at the G20 Conference in Cannes, France, Russian President Demitri Medvedev touted the need to amend the current copyright conventions, such as the Berne Convention, to better balance the protection between copyright holders and users. Medvedev said that his idea did not go unnoticed, though the convention had much more pressing matters, such as the current Eurozone crisis.
Next up today, Adam Lambert, best known for finishing as the runner up in American Idol in 2009, is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit from Colwel Platinum Entertainment Inc. According to the suit, Lambert took work he did as part of a collaboration with guitarist Monte Pittman and used it in the song “Beg for Mercy”. The work, which was done before Lambert’s appearance on American Idol. Lambert is listed as the sole defendant in the lawsuit.
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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