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First off today, U.S. lawmakers have created a draft proposal for new legislation that would provide an alternative to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and would remove the Internet filtering rules altogether. SOPA, which has become controversial in recent week, sparking protests online, would enable copyright holders to get simple court orders to force ISPs to block access to overseas sites dedicated to the purpose of infringement. The new bill would remove that provision and require rightsholders to go through the International Trade Commission (ITC) in order to order 3rd parties to cease doing business with the site. This would mean copyright holders follow a similar process to patent holders and that the investigations would be made public. The draft proposal has the support of several opponents to SOPA, including Senator Ron Wyden, who has threatened to filibuster the bill if it reaches the Senate and has put a block on SOPA’s sister legislation, PROTECT-IP.
Next up today, star Angelina Jolie is making her directoral debut but the movie has found itself mired in a copyright lawsuit. Author and journalist James J Braddock has sued Jolie claiming that the story for “In the Land of Blood and Honey”, which she also wrote, is an infringement on reporting he did regarding the Bosnian war. Braddock, who filed the suit in his native Croatia, is asking for damages and to prevent the movie from being distributed. He also named several other defendants in the lawsuit.
Finally today, Switzerland has said that it will not seek new legislative solutions regarding piracy claiming that the money consumers save on piracy are later spent on other entertainment expenses. In Switzerland, like many other EU countries, downloading copyrighted material for personal use is legal though distribution is not. The Swiss legislature has said that the evidence is not yet there to to change that, citing that approximately 1 out of every 3 citizens download content.
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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