3 Count: Bai-don’t

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1: Chinese companies team up on piracy lawsuit against Baidu

First off today, Adrianne Jeffries at The Verge reports that Baidu, the most popular search engine in China, is being sued by a group of Chinese companies including several video hosting services over allegations that Baidu, through its video sharing site, has enabled and supported piracy.

According to the lawsuit, Baidu feeds content into its services from the plaintiffs’ sites, enabling users to download, store and view their content, costing them bandwidth and resources while returning no revenue.

A representative from the Motion Picture Association of America attended the announcement but the organization is not a plaintiff in the case. Other lawsuits, however, are expected to follow.

2: Supreme Court Won’t Hear Controversial Copyright Case

Next up today, Laura Gilbert at The Art Newspaper reports that the Supreme Court has decided not to hear the dispute between photographer Patrick Cariou and artist Richard Prince and, in doing so, will let an appellate court ruling stand.

Cariou sued Prince after Prince created a series of 30 paintings that appropriated images taken by Cariou. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that some 25 of Prince’s paintings did not infringe Cariou’s copyright and sent the other 5 back to the lower court for review. Cariou appealed that ruling but the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

The case now heads back down to the district court where they are set to rule on the 5 paintings not cleared of infringement by the appeals court.

3: MPAA Wants Advanced Anti-Piracy Measures at Movie Theaters

Finally today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that the MPAA has released updated anti-piracy guidelines for movie theaters, which it hopes will curb “camping” or the recording of films in movie theaters for the purpose of distributing elsewhere.

The guidelines encourage theaters to adopt a zero tolerance policy on recording in theaters and alert law enforcement when they suspect unauthorized recording is taking place. During pre-release screenings the MPAA advices theaters to consider using night vision goggles to detect cameras and adding signage indicating recording devices are not allowed.

The recommendations also step down some of the rhetoric about film camming, removing claims of damages and, instead, simply calling it a serious problem.


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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