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1: ISP Piracy Warnings On Track for End of Second Quarter

First off today, Chloe Albanesius of PC Magazine writes that U.S. ISPs, including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon will likely begin forwarding notices of alleged copyright infringement to their customers very soon. Though RIAA CEO Cary Sheryman originally announced the system would begin by July 12, that statement has been clarified to indicate that it will begin by the end of the second quarter this year. However, the exact timing will be up to the individual ISPs. The regime, which was reached voluntarily by ISPs and rightsholders, will create a so-called “six strikes” systems where users accused of infringement will be notified by their ISPs and could, eventually, see other countermeasures such as bandwidth throttling.

2: Richard O’Dwyer Case: TVShack Creator’s US Extradition Approved

Next up today, BBC News writes that, in the UK, Home Secretary Theresa May has approved the extradition of TVShack’s former operator, Richard O’Dwyer to the United States. O’Dwyer now has 14 days to appeal the order and a full hearing is likely in the matter before he is put on a plane. O’Dwyer claims that TVShack hosted no infringing material but, instead, only pointed to other site “making it like Google” and making it legal under UK law. However, in the U.S. O’Dwyer is being sought for criminal copyright infringement, which carries a sentence of up to 5 years.

3: Judge nullifies order used to seize Dotcom assets

Finally today, Radio New Zealand writes that, in the Megaupload case, a judge has ruled that the order that seized all of Kim Dotcom’s assets was invalid. The prosecution, according to the judge, filed for the wrong kind of seizure order and, as a result, the seizure of Dotcom’s assets was not appropriate. The prosecutor has since tried to correct this mistake and filed the correct order, however, if Dotcom’s attorneys can prove that the mistake was malicious he may get his property and finances returned. A hearing on that is scheduled for next week.


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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