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First off today, popular Bittorrent search engine BTJunkie has voluntarily closed, taking the site offline with just a brief notice to users. The site, which made it easy for users to find and download files via Bittorrent was one of the most popular file sharing sites on the Web and one of the top Bittorrent sites. BTJunkie, despite its size, was never directly targeted by law enforcement or copyright holders. However, according to one of the founders, the recent legal action against Megaupload and The Pirate Bay helped prompt the move.
Next up today, UK citizen Richard O’Dwyer, who was the former administrator the site TVShack, a site that specialized in providing links to illegal streams of copyrighted content, may have found an unusual ally in his fight to avoid being extradited to the U.S. Alki David, most famous in copyright circles as the founder of video steaming service Filmon, which was recently ordered to stop streaming content from several major TV networks, has offered to pay his legal expenses both in his extradition fight and in the U.S. if he loses. O’Dwyer lost his first appeal to avoid extradition and faces an 10 year prison sentence in the U.S. for criminal copyright infringement even though his alleged crimes aren’t against the law in the UK.
Finally today, Chrysler struck a cord with it’s 2-minute Super Bowl commercial “Half Time in America”, which starred Clint Eastwood and spoke about a comeback for both Detroit and America. However, the YouTube version of the commercial was pulled down, according to YouTube due to a copyright request from the NFL. Chyrsler said they had no idea why the commercial was pulled, indicating they had no hand in it, but quickly uploaded another version of it and encouraged others to link to it.
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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