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First off today, according to government sources, Megaupload’s data, including the files of its millions of users, could be deleted by Thursday. The move comes as the government says that it is done accessing the data that formerly made up Megaupload’s site and the contractors that were helping host the site can not be paid as the company’s assets are frozen. As such, they’ve asked permission to delete the data to make room for other customers. However, Megaupload’s attorney is hoping to find a way both use the files in Megaupload’s defense and to make the files available again to the users who uploaded them, so they won’t be lost forever.
Next up today, in the UK, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport gave a proposal to the major search engines including Google, Bing and Yahoo to ask them to de-rank or remove search results for sites that routinely infringe copyright and to bolster the ranking of legitimate sites. According to the proposal, such an effort would already be in line with their existing policies on favoring sites meet certain quality standards. Critics of the proposal, however, are calling this a form of search engine censorship. However, the proposal is non-binding at this time and is merely a suggested set of guidelines for the search engines to follow.
Finally today, the gaming company Spry Fox has filed a copyright infringement suit against competing game maker 6Waves LOLAPPS over a case of alleged plagiarism. According to Spry Fox, they were in talks with 6Waves LOLAPPS to have the latter publish a game created by Spy Fox named “Triple Town”, which was already a popular Facebook game. However, according to Spry Fox, 6Waves LOLAPPS took the opportunity to develop a clone of the game named “Yeti Town” and then publish it to the iOS App Store, beating Spry Fox to that market. Finally, also according to Spry Fox, 6Waves LOLAPPS sent a message via Facebook to break off negotiations about Triple Town the day Yeti Town was published.
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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