3 Count: False Dylan

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1: Jonah Lehrer Resigns From The New Yorker After Making Up Dylan Quotes for His Book

First off today, Julie Bosman of the New York Times reports that Jonah Lehrer has resigned from The New Yorker after admitting to having fabricated quotes by Bob Dylan in his book “Imagine: How Creativity Works”. The allegations were published in The Tablet by reporter Michael C. Moynihan. Leher was at the center of controversy last month after allegations surfaced that he had reused content from earlier works in more recent ones, leading to allegations of self-plagiarism. Leher admitted to the act but was allowed to keep his position. However, following these recent allegations, Leher has decided to resign his position at The New Yorker and has said he will work to correct any discrepancies in his work.

2: Music and E-book Copyright Hub to ‘Boost Digital Economy’

Next up today, Christopher Williams at The Telegraph reports that, in the UK, a report commissioned by Vince Cable, the business secretary, has called for a “Copyright Hub” to act as a place that companies can license content for sale and distribution. Many companies in the UK complain that the complex web of royalties and rights makes it difficult or even impossible to set up a legitimate content distribution service. The Hub was one of the central components of the earlier Hargreaves report, which prompted the further review. Most major copyright holders seem at least open to the idea, which is crucial since it is a voluntary system, and the government is investigating how to set it up though they emphasize that the industry needs to take the lead and the expense in making it happen.

3: Leaked RIAA Report: SOPA/PIPA “Ineffective Tool” Against Music Piracy

Finally today, Enigmax at Torrentfreak writes that a report by the RIAA’s lead counsel has been leaked and, according to it, the RIAA knew that SOPA and PIPA would likely be ineffective for dealing with music piracy, despite that the organization actively supported the bills. The report suggests that the RIAA has long abandoned SOPA/PIPA and other legislative efforts in favor of the upcoming “six strikes” system that is a cooperative effort between major copyright holders and ISPs to warn users suspected of copyright infringement. Though disconnection is not a written-in penalty of the system, it is widely suspected ISPs will disconnect users after six warnings claiming them to be “repeat infringers” under the DMCA that need to be terminated under the law.


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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