First off today, Reuters is reporting that Portuguese media companies are approaching Google demanding payment for links to their articles that Google users in its Google News search engine.
The move follows similar action in France and Belgium, both of which saw newspaper publishers sue Google for alleged copyright infringement only to have Google settle the disputes by setting up cooperative agreements where Google would purchase advertising in the papers and work to help them modernize their online offerings.
The Portuguese papers, represented by the Portuguese Confederation of Social Communication Media, says that Google initially rejected the demand but that negotiations are continuing. Many wondered after Google reached the previous settlements if other countries would start also making demands, something Portugal’s actions seem to confirm.
Next up today, Clemens Bormsdorf at The Art Newspaper writes that the Danish High Court has upheld a lower court decision finding artist Kristian von Hornsleth liable for copyright infringement over a pornographic collage that incorporated the work of another artist.
Von Hornsleth made the collage in response to a negative review by arts journalist Camilla Stockmann. Von Hornsleth took a photo of Stockmann and superimposed it onto a “sexually graphic scene”. The photographer of the image of Stockmann, Lizette Kabré, sued for copyright infringement and was awarded DKr30,000 ($5,100) in damages and DKr20,000 ($3,400) in legal fees.
In his testimony, Von Hornsleth claimed that the work was an artistic expression and was protected speech. However, Danish standards of fair use are very different than the U.S., resulting in the court’s findings.
Finally today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that the Finnish anti-piracy group CIAPC has shuttered a controversial anti-Pirate Bay site that borrowed code from the original.
Last month, the CIAPC started a new publicity campaign targeted at The Pirate Bay, creating a parody version of the site with links to legitimate content. However, it was discovered that the parody site used much of the HTML and CSS code from the original. That site has now been closed and replaced with a movie poster for an upcoming campaign, dubbed “A Pirate’s Life”.
The Pirate Bay had threatened to sue the CIAPC over the use of the code, to which the CIAPC said it would welcome the lawsuit. But even as the campaign is ending, the CIAPC is calling it a success, noting that it has received more than 200,000 unique visitors during the time it ran.
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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