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First off today, in New Zealand, the United States government has filed paper to have Kim Dotcom extradited to the U.S. for his alleged crimes. Dotcom was the head of Megaupload, a cyberlocker service that was recently shut down by a joint action between New Zealand and U.S. law enforcement, over allegations of criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. The deadline for the paperwork was coming up soon but the actual hearing itself won’t be until August.
Next up today, the Perfect 10 v. Google case has finally ended. The Supreme Court has declined, without comment, to hear the matter, letting the Appeals Court ruling stand. Perfect 10, an Internet pornography company, had filed suit against Google alleging that Google’s generation of thumbnails based on illegal copies of Perfect 10s images was illegal however, the lower and Appeals court both ruled in Google’s favor, claiming that the use was a fair use. Perfect 10 appealed to the Supreme Court but that appeal has now been denied.
Finally today, an employee for the National Archives has pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement for using his government email address, as well as both his work and personal computers, to make and sell illegal copies oF CDs, DVDs and other copyrighted works. The man, Timajin Nell, war originally arrested after selling an illegal copy of the movie “Zookeeper” for $5 in the cafeteria of his office to an undercover agent. Neil said he copied directly from a Redbox rental. The estimated value of what Neil sold is between $5,000 and $10,000 and he will be sentenced on June 8.
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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