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First off today, the AP is reporting that Google and Belgian newspapers have reached an agreement over their six-year over Google News.
The newspapers and the organizations that represent them claimed that Gogole had no right to post links and excerpts from their news articles. The newspapers won and Google blocked the papers from their search results only to put the content back after, according to Google, the newspapers offered their permission.
The parties have now reached a final settlement on the dispute and have agreed to promote each other’s services by placing Google advertising in the newspapers’ sites.
Next up today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that prominent Usenet indexing service NZBMatrix has shut down voluntarily. According to the site’s owner, it has become increasingly difficult to comply with copyright holders, especially after a particularly large takedown notice from Hollywood studios.
The move comes after another, similar service, Newzbin 2, closed it doors after a similar “large takedown request” from Hollywood as well as monetary issues.
NZBMatrix was also struggling with cash problems as services such as PayPal are banning Usenet-related sites, hurting their ability to receive funds. In their statement of closure, NZBMatrix said that they have “never been the subject of any legal issues or threats” but that it’s “time for us to bow out.”
Finally today, Zoe Kleinmann at the BBC reports on the faces behind many of the most popular spam images. these include Poppy Dinsey, who runs the fashion blog What I Wore Today and has had her (non-pornographic) images used on porn sites.
The article also talks about Amanda, who has had her photo used widely by Twitter bots and spammers and security expert Graham Cluley, who has had an image of him eating an ice cream cone appear on a pornographic website.
The article says that copyright can be useful for getting many of the photos removed but that the proliferation of spam makes it almost impossible to remove all instances.
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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