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First off today, Google is mulling leaving the Chamber of Commerce, one of the nation’s largest lobbying and trade groups, after the chamber came out in support of PROTECT IP and Stopping Online Piracy Act (SOPA), both of which are acts Google opposes and say threatens the Web due t their inclusion of Web filtering as a possible solution to copyright infringement. Also, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is also mulling parting ways with the Chamber of Commerce for the same reason. The threats of departure follow on the heels of Yahoo!, which quietly dropped its membership last month.
Next up today, Usenet provider News-Service.com is shutting down following a court order from Dutch court ordering the company to remove all infringing content from their servers. Unable to comply with the order, the company has ceased operation as it attempts to appeal the ruling. Though not a well-known company, News-Service.com is Europe’s largest Usenet provider and has many better-known resellers. The company was sued by the Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN for allegedly hosting infringing material and enabling piracy.
Finally today, in the Righthaven cases, a sixth judge has now ruled against the controversial Las Vegas company saying that they lacked the right to sue in their case, this one against NewsBlaze LLC, and have had the case dismissed. Righthaven came to prominence for suing bloggers and forum admins for illegally posting content from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post. Righthaven claimed that rights to the work were assigned to them but that was later found to be untrue, thus prompting the string of, at times costly, defeats.
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.