3 Count: AutoRip

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1: Amazon to Launch Auto Rip, an Effort to Sex up CDs

First off today, Greg Sandoval at CNet reports that Amazon has launched “AutoRip” a new service that provides a free digital version of physical CDs purchased on the site.

The idea is that, for qualifying CDs, when a user buys the album the songs will automatically appear in digital format in Amazon’s Cloud Player for streaming or downloading, letting people listen to their music even before the CD arrives. However, the AutoRip option does not just apply to new purchases and is also available automatically on available CDs bought through Amazon back to 1998.

The move follows a similar push by the movie industry to use a system named UltraViolet to make movies purchased physically available legally via the cloud on almost any device.

2: “Buffy vs Edward” Remix Unfairly Removed by Lionsgate

Next up today, Jonathan McIntosh writes on Ars Technica that his remix video “Buffy vs. Edward: Twilight Remixed” has been removed from YouTube following a series of copyright complaints.

According to McIntosh, the video had been up for three and a half years and was even praised by the US Copyright Office as an example of fair use. However, Lionsgate attempted to monetize the video, displaying ads on it, McIntosh protested this via YouTube channels and succeeded, but Lionsgate almost immediately made another claim, the second time for “visual content” instead of “audiovisual content”.

When McIntosh fought that claim, Lionsgate filed a takedown notice forcing McIntosh to go through YouTube’s “Copyright School” and risk a “strike” on his account. McIntosh has since filed a DMCA counter-notice on the video and Lionsgate has 14 days to respond to it.

3: The Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do’ in the Public Domain in Europe

Finally today, the AP is reporting that the Beatles song “Love Me Do” has lapsed into the public domain in Europe.

The song, which was recorded in 1962 expired after 50 years of copyright. As a result of this, at least one EU record label, Pristine Classical, has released a remastered version of the song. However, the move was a protest of an impending copyright extension that may put the song back under copyright for another 20 years.

Currently in the EU, performances of songs have a copyright of 50 years though, in the US, they last either 95 years in the case of works of corporate authorship or life plus 70 years in the case of individual works.


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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