3 Count: Vimeo Killed…

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1: Big Record Labels Push Copyright Claims Against Vimeo

First off today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter writes that the record labels have changed their approach in their lawsuit against Vimeo and are seeking to single out the service as being “worse” than other video sharing sites.

The labels’ case against Vimeo was put on hold pending a ruling by the appeals court in the Viacom v. YouTube case but, with that ruling in hand, the labels have sought to paint Vimeo as a site that does more than merely host videos uploaded by users, but also curates the content and actively promotes pirated material.

The YouTube ruling found that hosts had to have specific knowledge of a specific infringement to be held liable and, though the labels make similar arguments to Viacom with arguing “willful ignorance” to infringements, the curation argument is an attempt to set it apart and compel the court to rule against the site. Vimeo has argued that the sheer volume of content prevents it from being hands on an that it relies on copyright holders to alert it to infringements.

2: HBO Inks Exclusive, 10-Year Deal With Universal To Keep Content Out Of Netflix’s Hands

Next up today, Ingrid Lunden at TechCrunch writes that HBO has signed a deal with Universal Pictures to license the studio’s films for the pay-TV window that covers 6-9 months after the film’s theatrical release.

The announcement came after Netflix scored a major victory and signed a similar deal with Disney, becoming the first Internet-based distributor to do so. Netflix is also rumored to be bidding on Sony content, which would give it rights to display all of the content it lost when its deal with Starz ended recently.

Meanwhile, HBO also has exclusive deals with Fox, Warner Brothers and Summit.

3: Remo to Copyright Dance Sequences

Finally today, the Indo-Asian News Service reports that Remo D’Souza, known widely in India as Remo, will be taking the unusual step of copyrighting the dance steps featured in an upcoming 3D movie ‘ABCD – Anybody Can Dance”.

Though dance choreography can be copyrighted in India, as it can be in the US, it’s an unusual move and a step that’s rarely taken. However, Remo has said he wants to protect his work from infringement and be able to compel license fees should award shows wish to feature parts of his routines.

The film is slated for a February 8 release date.


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