3 Count: Pirate Freedom

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1: YouTube Alters Copyright Algorithms, Will ‘Manually’ Review Some Claims

First off today, David Kravets at Wired reports that YouTube has announced it will be making changes to the way it handled Content ID matches and automated takedowns on its service. Five years ago, YouTube introduced Content ID as a way to identify potentially infringing material as it is being uploaded. The system, which lets rightsholders decide what to do with the allegedly infringing material, including block it or monetize it, has been marred with mistakes and problems as non-infringing content has routinely marked for action. This has included high-profile errors involving the Mars rover landing and the Democratic National Convention. According to YouTube, the new system will attempt to filter out bad matches and set them aside for human review rather than automated action. Also, there will be a new appeals process that will give qualified users a chance to appeal Content ID matches, forcing the rightsholder to either file a full DMCA notice or dismiss the claim. Content ID has about 3,000 registered participants and is aimed solely at larger content creators.

2: France, US, Switzerland Block WIPO Membership for Pirates

Next up today, Ben Jones at Torrentfreak writes that the Pirate Parties International (PPI) has had their bid to join the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) placed on hold until 2013. The group had applied for membership in WIPO as an observer member and their application had the backing of WIPO’s Secretary General. However, according to reports, France, the US and Switzerland have objected to it citing concerns about having political parties involved in WIPO. However, the PPI is not a political party itself, but an association of parties and is a registered Non-Government Organization (NGO) in Belgium. The PPI said that they have not heard from WIPO about the decision.

3: Evasive Action: How The Pirate Bay Four Dodged Swedish Justice”For a While

Finally today, Cyrus Farivar at Ars Technica writes that, in Sweden, all but one of the four convicted founders of The Pirate Bay have escaped their punishment, so far, though life for them has not been easy since the conviction. Of the four founders only Carl Lundström has served any time and his was served under house arrest. Lundström is also the only one to have paid any money, 233,000 Swedish kronor ($35,000) out of 30 million Swedish kronor ($4.5 million) fine. Fredrik Neij is currently living in Bangkok with his wife and has had his passport revoked. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was recently deported from Cambodia and is also accused of hacking into a company that works with local tax authorities. Finally, spokesperson Peter Sunde missed his date to report to prison and is reportedly in Germany though he has returned to Sweden at least a few times. All of the men are having their finances scoured for possible money to pay the fines and damages though it is unlikely anywhere near the amount of money requested will be found.


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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