3 Count: On Appeal

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1: Internet Providers Appeal Order to Reveal Names of Porn Movie Pirates

First off today, Ted Johnson at Variety reports that Cox, AT&T, Bright House, Verizon and Comcast are appealing a D.C. federal judge’s order that compels them to comply with a request by a copyright holder to turn over the names and personal information for some 1,058 IP addresses that are accused of pirating the adult movie “Popular Demand”.

The copyright holder involved, a company named AF Holdings, has been connected with the much-maligned “copyright troll” Prenda Law. However, even as Prenda faces strong opposition in other courts, it won the right to obtain the personal information of suspected pirates in the lower court.

That, in turn, is the ruling that the ISPs are appealing. They are doing so on the grounds that the IPs involved are not likely in the court’s jurisdiction, that AF holdings has no interest in actually litigating the cases (instead only seeking quick settlements) and that AF Holdings has been engaged in unethical behavior.

2: Fox Appealing Judge’s Denial of Hopper ‘Anywhere’ Injunction

Next up today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that Fox Broadcasting has appealed an earlier district court ruling on Dish Network’s “Dish Anywhere” DVR, also known as “Hopper with Sling”.

Fox had sought an injunction against the service, saying that it violated Fox’s copyright by allowing users to view television shows recorded by the DVR over the Internet. However, the lower court refused to grant that injunction, which has prompted Fox to file its appeal.

Fox and other broadcasters are also suing Dish over its Hopper DVR, the version without Sling. Hopper allows users to automatically skip over commercials, which the networks also believe is an infringement, though they’ve been unable to secure an injunction against that version either.

3: U.S. Government Fixes Copyright Violation in Healthcare.gov Code

Finally today, Fran Berkman at Mashable reports that, in the U.S., the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has corrected what it calls a copyright error that was recently discovered on the healthcare.gov site, the home site for the insurance exchanges that are a part of the Affordable Care Act.

The government had used open source code from a UK company named Sprymedia, however, they had neglected to included required comments in the code that provided attribution and license information. Those comments have since been added.

The site, however, is still the victim of various other technical issues and glitches, which are preventing people from registering for insurance under the new act.


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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