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First off today, the BBC is reporting that Richard O’Dwyer, UK citizen behind the former site TVShack, has reached an agreement with US authorities to bring an end an ongoing criminal prosecution. O’Dwyer, who had been fighting extradition to the US, faced jail time if he had been extradited and convicted. However, a “deferred prosecution” arrangement he has signed will have him come to the US voluntarily in the next few weeks and only pay a “small sum” of compensation. O’Dwyer’s case had been a point of contention in the UK, with many wondering why the US was trying to extradite a UK citizen who had never left the country.
Next up today, Jaquetta White at The Tennessean is reporting that the band the Black Keys have settled their lawsuits against Pizza Hut and Home Depot over allegations the two companies had used their music in commercials without permission. Specifically, the band claimed that portions of its song “Gold on the Ceiling” were used in a Pizza Hut ad and another song, “Lonely Boy” was used by Home Depot. Both companies denied the allegations. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed and a formal dismissal of both cases is expected soon.
Finally today, David Lieberman at Deadline.com writes that Chris Dodd, the head of the MPAA, has posted an article to the Huffington Post saying that the recent viral copyright hoax on Facebook is a sign that there’s a need for greater copyright protection. The hoax spread shortly after Facbeook updated its terms of service and saw many people, falsely believing that Facebook was attempting to claim copyright in their posts, publish “copyright” statements to their feed in an attempt to deny the (imaginary) grab. However, Dodd said that the hoax illustrates that copyright is more important than ever and it “provides average Internet users with insight into the point of view of the creators of movies”. Though comments are closed on the Huffington Post piece, feedback elsewhere to Dodd’s statement have not generally been favorable.
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.