3 Count: Resale Repeat

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1: Bills to Eliminate Pirate Sites like The Pirate Bay get Unanimous Approval

First off today, Tarun Mazumdar at The International Business Times reports that AGCOM, an independent electronic communications authority in Italy, has drafted a set of measures aimed at removing infringing material from the Web and blocking pirate sites in the country. Those measures have been unanimously approved and will be implemented on March 31, 2014.

Under the new guidelines, AGCOM and will give websites and ISPs at 27-hour window to remove infringing content, after which time, Italian ISPs will be ordered to block the site. This process replaces Italy’s current procedure, which goes through criminal courts, and can take months to achieve results. This system, according to supporters, should take less than a week.

The system is similar to a new one implemented in Russia, which has also required sites to respond quickly to notices of copyright infringement or risk being blocked by ISPs. That system, however, has been beset by problems as copyright holders have claimed it is difficult to file a claim. Russia’s government has said they are working to resolve the issues.

2: U.S. Copyright Office Releases Report in Favor of Resale Royalties

Next up today, Michael Miller at the Gallerist reports that the U.S. Copyright Office has released a 124-page report that asks Congress to look at revising the laws around artist royalties when it comes to resales of their work.

Under the current law, an artist only has the right to revenue off of the first sale of their content. Subsequent sales do not generate a royalty for the artist, even if the work becomes much more valuable. However, other nations have implemented laws that require resellers to pay a fee to the original content creator and the Copyright Office would like to see such a system implemented in the U.S.

The Copyright Office released a report in 1992 on the same topic and the new one was requested by Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Senator Herb Kohl. Congress is currently considering a broad rewrite of U.S. Copyright Law and it is likely that resale royalties will be one of the issues considered.

3: There’s Sweet Revenge as Copyright Troll Bites Dust

Finally today, Edward barridge at Techeye writes that Andy Scott, lead guitarist for Sweet, has lost his case against an eBay user, Dietmar Huber.

Scott sued Huber he tried to sell a Sweet CD on the online auction site. However, Huber claimed that it was a legitimate original and fought the case. Now Austria’s High Court has ruled in favor of Huber, calling the sale a “private sale” and demanding that Scott pay Huber’s legal fees and court costs.

In all, Huber is expected to owe about $78,000, all over a CD that sold for about $1.25 on eBay.


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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