First off today, Mike Connors at The Virginian-Pilot writes that Dennis Newsome of Beacon, NY has plead guilty to criminal copyright infringement. Newsome operated an online business that sold illegal copies of software and training materials, offering them for a fraction of the cost. He was originally sued in civil court but the matter was later taken up by the FBI. Newsome faces up to 20 years in prison and his sentencing is scheduled for December 3rd.
Next up today, Laurence Hammack of The Roanoke Times reports that a popular Roanoke restaurant, 202 Market, has been sued by Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) for playing live music without paying a licensing fee. The songs involved include tracks by Johnny Cash, The White Stipes and others. The songs were played by live bands at the club without permission, though current law requires restaurants and clubs obtain a license to use compositions by other artists. Neither BMI nor 202 Market commented on the story.
Finally today, the Press Trust of India reports that musicians in the country gave their Parliamentarians a musical thank you for passing a copyright bill that grants them royalties when their music is used in movies and other creations. The concert, which included many of India’s top musicians, was presented by The Music Composers Association of India (MCAI) and, in addition to music, featured poetry recitals and other celebrities. The bill in question was passed earlier this year with strong support from all of India’s political parties.
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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