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First off today, The Hindu reports that, in India, a new copyright bill has passed and promises to give artists and performers lifelong royalties on their creations. The bill works by making artists the copyright holders and impossible for them to assign the copyright to producers, which was the standard practice. The bill also bans cover versions of copyrighted works for five years after publication and provides a broad exemption to copyright for students and researchers as well as those needing access to special formats, such as Braille, due to disabilities. The bill received wide support in Parliament, including from the opposition, though it had received resistance during the winter session when it was first proposed.
Next up today, Jada Wong at Styleite writes that Gucci, fresh off its victory over Guess in a U.S. court, is planning on taking the fight overseas. Gucci sued Guess over alleged copyright and trademark infringements over its designer goods, claiming that Guess modeled many of their products after established works by Gucci. Gucci won in a U.S. court but was only awaarded $4.7 million after much of its damages claims were thrown out. Gucci is now firing back by following up with similar cases in France, Italy and China, where it likely is hoping to collect greater damages. No word on whether or not the U.S. ruling will be appealed.
Finally today, Enigmax at Torrentfreak writes that the famous Rickroll music video has been taken offline due to a copyright claim. The video, which had tens of millions of views, was the subject of a popular meme where people would click a link expecting one thing but instead be treated to the music video for Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”. According to YouTube, the video was pulled at the request of AVG Technologies, the company that makes the popular AVG antivirus software. It is unclear why AVG would request its removal. However, this isn’t the first time the video disappeared from the Web. Something similar happened in 2010 though it was restored.
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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