3 Count: Streisand Effect

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1: Cartoonist Turns Lawsuit Threat Into $100K Charity Fundraiser

First off today, Rosa Golijan at MSNBC is reporting on an update to the ongoing Oatmeal/FunnyJunk dispute saying that FunnyJunk’s attorney, Charles Carreon, has sent a notice to Indiegogo that he feels the fundraiser is a violation of their terms of service and should be shut down. Carreon, on behalf of FunnyJunk, threatened to sue the creator of The Oatmeal, Matt Inman, unless he removed allegedly defamatory statements from his site and paid $20,000 in damages. Those statements stemmed from a previous war of words between the two sides over FunnyJunk’s rehosting of comics drawn by Inman. Instead of complying with Carreon’s letter, Inman promised to raise the money and then donate it to charity, which he has now successfully done through his Indiegogo page. Carreon also said that he is still open to negotiation with Inman on the matter.

2: Comcast Protests “Shake Down” of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates

Next up today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that U.S. ISP Comcast has begun to fight back against subpoenas that attempt to order it to turn over subscriber data of suspected pirates. In one such case, adult entertainment provider AF Holdings sought information about Comcast subscribers accused of downloading content illegally via Bittorrent. They were granted the subpoena but Comcast is now fighting the order, petitioning the court that the request is illegal and that they have an obligation to protect their subscribers’ privacy. Other ISPs, most notably Verizon, have put up similar fights in the past, often getting subpoenas quashed.

3: Dow Jones Announces Copyright Settlement

Finally today, the Dow Jones Company via a press release in the Wall Street Journal, a publication they own, has announced that they have reached a settlement with Cision, a Swedish PR firm that was accused of unlawfully redistributing content owned by the company. Cision agreed to both stop the distribution and also pay an undisclosed sum. The settlement is likely yet another blow for PR-oriented that specialize in media research, which have routinely been targeted by newspapers in recent years.


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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