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First off today, Randy Kennedy of the New York Times reports that artist Shepard Fairey, who created the famous 2008 Barack Obama “Hope” poster has been sentenced to two years probation and fined $25,000 for tampering with evidence in a civil case against him. Fairey sued the Associated Press after the organization made claims that his iconic “Hope” poster was an infringement of a photograph they owned. However, Fairey later admitted to lying about which photo he had used and destroying some evidence relevant to the case. This forced Fairey to settle the case on less-than-favorable terms and prompted criminal charges against him, for which he was sentenced.
Next up today, the Associated Press reports that Cambodia has deported Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, one of the founders of The Pirate Bay. Warg was placed on a Thai Airways flight on immigration issues and, supposedly, is on his way back to Sweden. Warg was one of the four founders of the site convicted in Sweden on criminal copyright infringement charges. Warg, however, missed his appeal and failed to start serving his sentencing, citing health issues that prevented him from leaving Cambodia. Upon his return, Warg faces up to one year in prison and he may have to help pay som 46 million kronor ($6.5 million) in damages.
Finally today, Paul Roberts at Sophos writes that Mila Parkour, a malicious software researcher and blogger, had her account suspended on Mediafire after several pieces of content she had uploaded was flagged incorrectly as being copyright infringing. Parkour, who uses Mediafire to host content for her blog, had her works flagged by LeakID, a France-based anti-piracy firm. The three files filed against included a Microsoft Office Patch file released last year and two encrypted zip fles with PDFs used in phishing scams. Parkour joins other cases, including the Democratic National Convention and the Hugo Awards, where copyright bots are alleged to have taken down non-infringing material. Parkour has filed a counternotice and LeakID has until the 16th to respond.
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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