3 Count: Melting Away

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1: AP Wins Ruling in Copyright Case Against News Aggregator

First off today, Karen Freifeld at Reuters reports that The Associated Press has won a key ruling against content aggregator Meltwater, with the judge granting a summary judgment the news wire’s favor.

Meltwater is a subscriber-only content clipping service that helps corporations monitor relevant news coverage. The AP saw Meltwater as a competitor and sued the company for copyright infringement. Meltwater denied this, saying that it only displayed snippets of articles and headlines, thus protecting it under fair use.

However, the judge saw the matter differently and ruled against Meltwater on all aspects except one. That one aspect is unknown as the full decision has not been released. Meltwater has already said it will file an appeal in the case.

2: GoPro Issued DMCA Notice to DigitalRev

Next up today, Zach Sutton at Fstoppers writes that GoPro, the makers of the popular camera line by the same name, has filed a DMCA takedown notice against the online store and community site DigitalRev, allegedly over a review of the GoPro Hero 3 camera.

According to a copy of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice published on Digital Rev’s site, GoPro was objecting to the use of the trademarks “GoPro” and “Hero3” in its review. This despite the fact that DMCA notices can not be used for trademark disputes and that the use of the marks was likely non-infringing.

However, GoPro responded and clarified saying that there was a miscommunication and that the notice was actually about DigitalRev’s use of misleading images in their store. According to GoPro, DigitalRev is reselling GoPro “illegally”.

But DigitalRev responded to GoPro’s response saying that the notice clearly targeted the trademarks and that being an unauthorized reseller is both legal and common.

3: UK ISPs Start Blocking KickassTorrents, H33T and Fenopy

Finally today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that, following a court order earlier this year, major ISPs in the UK have begun blocking access to KickassTorrents, H33T and Fenopy on grounds of copyright infringement.

The order is similar to another order that resulted in the blocking of The Pirate Bay. However, that blockade proved to be less than effective as several reports found that traffic to the site from the UK didn’t drop after the block was put into effect.

However, that was largely because of proxies set up by third parties, something that hasn’t happened widely for these sites, though there is speculation such availability could increase.


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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