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1: Optus Judge Weary About Making Copyright Policy

First off today, Joe Schneider from BloombergBusinessweek is reporting that, in Auastralia, the government is set to begin a review on a “broad range of exceptions” in the country’s copyright act following a recent court ruling against the nations football (soccer) leagues, including the AFL and the NRL. The leagues had sold exclusive mobile streaming rights to provider Telstra but competing service provider Optus launched a TV Now service that let users stream broadcast matches to their phones with a short delay. At least one judge has ruled that such rebroadcasting is permission and similar to DVR recording, prompting the review. The inquiry will accept public submissions until April 27.

2: Ray Charles Foundation Sues To Stop Children Taking Back Copyright

Next up today, Jeff Roberts at PaidContent.org writes that the Ray Charles Foundation, the organization which received the rights to the famous musician’s music after his death in 2004, is suing 7 of his 12 children to attempt and prevent them from terminating the copyright agreement. Charles, upon his death, left $500,000 in a trust for his children under the condition they would not seek any royalties in his music. However, some of the children are attempting to use the copyright termination clause in the copyright act to get the rights back to many of their father’s best known songs. The foundation, which is a non-profit working in the area of education, filed the suit to prevent the termination from taking place.

3: How Do Artists Protect Their Work Online?

Finally today, Glendon Mellow at Scientific American asked several aritsts what they do to protect their work online and received a wide range of responses from those who were actively working to stop infringement to those encouraging widespread reuse through Creative Commons Licenses. However, all of the artists agreed that being involved with the Web was a net positive and most agreed that things such as uploading low resolution images and using reasonable watermarks helped prevent infringement.


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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