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First off today, Reuters reports that Megaupload has asked a U.S. court to dismiss the criminal charges against it. According to their attorneys, the U.S. lacks jurisdiction in the case as it is unable to serve papers to a foreign company. Megaupload, which is incorporated in Hong Kong, was a file locker service that was shuttered after joint raids by U.S. and New Zealand authorities. Many of its employees, including founder Kim Dotcom, were arrested on criminal copyright charges. Dotcom is awaiting possible extradition to the U.S. though he is currently out on bail.
Next up today, Nathan Mattise at Ars Technica writes that broadcasters are having their day in court against Aereo, a TV streaming startup that hopes to make over-the-air broadcast television available online. Aereo works by having users rent individual antennas DVRs to record and playback over-the-air television. Broadcasters, including NBC, FOX and CBS, said in court that they felt that was a violation of their copyrights, both because of the DVR capabilities and the fact it can stream live TV, which they consider a public performance. Aereo claims that setting up a remote antenna is a customer right and not an infringement. The case will likely hinge on a 2008 ruling regarding a remote DVR system created by Cablevision, a case that Cablevision won.
3: RIAA Accuses Google Of Not Doing Enough To Fight Piracy, But May Be Guilty Of Not Doing Enough Itself
Finally today, Matt McGee at Search Engine Land writes that the RIAA recently lashed out against Google, saying that the search giant is not doing enough to stem piracy. In a blog post, the RIAA claimed that Google was throttling their efforts to locate pirated content and limiting the number of takedowns they could file. Google has denied that saying that there are basic throttles on queries and DMCA submissions, but only enough to ensure that there aren’t accidental notices being sent. However, as McGee notes, according to Google’s information, the RIAA is far from the most prolific filer of takedown notices with Google search, only filing about 1/5th the number of notices as Microsoft.
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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