3 Count: Feeling Used
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1: Capitol Records Sues ReDigi: EMI Label Alleges Copyright Infringement by ‘Used’ Digital Music Site
First off today, Capital Records, the flagship label for EMI, has filed suit against “used” music site ReDigi for copyright infringement. ReDigi, which claims to be a legitimate service for reselling music tracks, works by having users upload legally-purchased music files to their service and then reselling them for a reduced price. ReDigi believes that this is protected under the right of first sale, which permits the reselling of copyrighted works so long as new copies aren’t produced. However, Capitol Records claims that the right of first sale doesn’t apply in this case as ReDigi must make a copy of the song to download it to the buyer’s computer. Capitol Records is seeking both an injunction and statutory damages.
2: Mystery Buyer Wins Auction for Copyright Troll’s Domain
Next up today, the controversial company Righthaven has had its domain auctioned off to an anonymous bidder for $3,300. The domain was put up for sale to pay for the legal expenses of a former defendant sued by the company, which previously was famous for its no-warning lawsuits over content from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post but has since stopped after a string of legal defeats. The money from the sale will go to pay the legal bills of Wayne Hoen, who successfully defended himself against a Righthaven lawsuit and is now owed over $60,000 in legal bills from Righthaven.
3: Microsoft Sues China’s Gome for Alleged Copyright Infringement
Finally today, Microsoft has sued Gome Electrical Appliances Holding, one of China’s largest electronics distributors, and a Beijing electronics mall over copyright infringement. At issue is Gome’s alleged inclusion of pirated copies of Windows in computers it sells. The mall was sued over lack of supervision and oversight in the sale of those computers. The move comes as Microsoft is struggling to gain traction in China which, despite a booming tech sector, has also been a haven for piracy, due in large part to relaxed enforcement.
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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