3 Count: Dished Out

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1: Court Upholds Ruling on Dish Network’s ‘Hopper’

First off today, Brian Stelter at the New York Times reports that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling denying an injunction against Dish Network over its Hopper DVR service.

Fox sued Dish Network claiming that it’s new Hopper DVR, which lets users automatically skip over commercials, infringed on their copyright. The lower court disagreed and denied an injunction, Fox appealed that decision and now the 9th Circuit has upheld that decision.

In a statement, Fox noted that the standard for obtaining a preliminary injunction is very high and that the case is not over, instead going back to the lower court for a full trial. Dish hailed the decision as a victory for consumers and customer choice.

2: Harmony Gold Sues Hasbro for Copyright Infringement Over Toy

Next up today, Anime News Network writes that licensing company Harmony Gold has filed a lawsuit against Hasbro alleging that the toymaker distributes a “G.I. Joe and the Transformers” toy that violates their copyright.

According to the lawsuit, Harmony gold licensed three separate anime shows for use in the U.S. and holds those rights through 2021. Previously, in the 1980s, Hasbro licensed the mold for a toy jet fighter named that would become known as “Jetfire”. That mold, allegedly, is part of the line Harmony Gold now has the license too. Hasbro has since taken another model and painted it similarly to “Jetfire”, prompting the lawsuit.

Harmony Gold is seeking an injunction barring the sale of the new set as well as damages and/or profits caused by the sale. The set went on sale at Comic-Con International last week.

3: Anti-Piracy Group Will Use New Law to Block The Pirate Bay

Finally today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that the Norwegian music rights organization TONO will make another attempt to force local ISP Telenor to block The Pirate Bay, this time using new legislation that it believes will make the effort successful.

TONO attempted the same thing in 2009 but failed because there was no law requiring ISPs to block infringing websites. However, new legislation has been passed since and it seems likely that TONO will be successful with thisattempt.

At this time, The Pirate Bay remains unblocked and the Telenor has said it will not do so until forced.


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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