3 Count: Irish Response

3 Count: Irish Response Image

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1: Newspapers Respond to Copyright Row

First off today, Laura Slattery of The Irish Times reports that the country’s newspapers have responded to an ongoing copyright dispute they have with Google. The National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) responded to and clarified their stance on the issue, which centers around Google News and whether the search giant should pay to link to newspaper content.

According to the NNI, fees for such links usually €300 ($400) per link though bulk links come with a reduced price. The NNI said that they only object to commercial use of their content and have never objected to non-commercial or personal linking.

The newspapers have made claims that mere linking is a copyright infringement and that they have a right to be paid for it, however, none of the papers have opted out of Google nor has any legal action been taken.

2: Identifying Pirates Now Easier Following Swedish Supreme Court Decisions

Next up today, Enigmax at Torrentfreak writes that the Swedish Supreme Court has ruled that ISPs can be forced to give up the names and other information of suspected pirates.

The ruling stems from two separate cases, one involving book publishers who wanted information on a suspected pirate they allege had uploaded some 2,000 audio books to a server and another involving the alleged administrator of SweTorrents, a Bittorrent tracker. Both cases began in 2009 and led to conflicting rulings on whether ISPs could be forced to give up some information but the Swedish Supreme Court, after consulting with the European Court of Justice, ruled that they can.

There is debate as to whether or not the ruling can be used to target other suspected pirates, who could have their information divulged if it is applied elsewhere.

3: Leader of Web Piracy Group Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Criminal Copyright Conspiracy

Finally today, Russia Today writes that Jeramiah Perkins, the convicted head of the piracy group IMAGiNE, has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the group.

According to reports, Perkins directed the oranization, which used recording devices in movie theaters to capture the audio for films, that audio was later synchronized with video from the movie and then shared among other members.

Perkins admitted to registering the domains used by the group and opening PayPal accounts to receive donations. IMAGiNE was shuttered in 2011 and many of its members were arrested.


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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