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First off today, Sarah Jacobsson Purewal at PCWorld writes that Voltage Pictures, the movie studio behind the movie “The Hurt Locker” has filed yet another mass Bittorrent lawsuit, this time in Florida. The lawsuit targets some 2,514 IP addresses that are alleged to have downloaded and shared the movie via Bittorrent in the past two years. Interestingly, all of the IP addresses are on Cox, leading some to speculate that Cox was targeted because it stores IP information longer than other ISPs. As with similar lawsuits filed by the company, Voltage is hoping that the judge will compel the ISP to turn over the personal information of the IP user so they can send settlement demand letters.
Next up today, Spiegel reports that Mein Kampf, the book written by Adolf Hitler and seen as the philosophical cornerstone of the Nazi movement, may be back in print in Germany shortly. Following WWII and Hitler’s death, copyright in the book was given by the Allies to the German state of Bavaria, which has used that copyright to block publication of the book within the country. However, in 2015 copyright is going to lapse in the book (70 years after Hitler’s death), meaning that the ban will end. Bavaria is planning to preempt that releasing an academic version of the book with extra material and discussion. It will then encourage publishers to print that version rather than the original.
Finally today, The Times of India reports that the Hong Kong film industry is upset with YouTube and is wanting the video giant to do more to ensure that its movies do not appear on the site. In a statement by the Hong Kong Motion Pictures Industry Association (MPIA) said that many of their industry’s films appeared on YouTube in their entirety often within days of release. The move comes after a German court ruled that YouTube must do more to prevent unauthorized video uploads.
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