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First off today, Senator Ron Wyden has promised to filibuster either the PROTECT-IP act or Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) should they reach the Senate floor. The two bills are similar to each other in that they would allow copyright holders to get court orders to force ISPs to block access to foreign sites dedicated to infringement, or “rogue” sites as they are called, but have been the source of controversy online these past few weeks. Wyden has already blocked PROTECT IP in the Senate but a move to override his block may be coming up, thus prompting his attempt to filibuster the bill. Wyden has said that, if forced, he will read the names of all those who sign the petition against the bill on the floor, rather than reading from the phone book, as is more common.
Next up today, European Union Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes has said that copyright law, as a whole, needs to go “back to basics and put the artist at the center.” According to Kroes, copyright law has become a “straightjacket” for a single business model and that the rules require an overhaul to encourage “creativity” in business models. However, Kroes also said that the obsession over copyright may not be the most important element of the debat, adding, “”we need to stop obsessing about that.”
Finally today, photographer and copyright attorney (and at least occasional PT reader) Carolyn Wright had one of her sites shuttered by GoDaddy following a DMCA Notice. Wright was able to quickly restore her site by contacting the filer and having them rescind the notice. Despite the response, her wilidlife photography site, vividwildlife.com, was briefly closed due to a DMCA notice centered on a photo she took herself. Wright did file a counter-notice but got in touch with the filer who apologized for the mistake and got the site restored more quickly. Wright called it an “interesting experience” and said that “all is well” on her end now.
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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