3 Count: Fighting Streams

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1: LeaseWeb Sued for Hosting Megaupload and other “Pirate” Websites

First off toady, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that the adult magazine publisher and Web company Perfect 10 has filed a lawsuit against the popular hosting service LeaseWeb claiming that the host has knowingly been a safe haven for copyright infringing websites and has ignored DMCA notices sent to it.

According to the lawsuit, Perfect 10 filed some 22 DMCA notices with LeaveWeb in early 2013 that identified over 12,000 images that it says were hosted by LeaseWeb on various domains. However, those notices were ignored and the content remained active.

Perfect 10 has been very active in filing copyright lawsuits, having previously targeted Google, Amazon, Mastercard, Visa, Rapidshare and more, usually unsuccessfully. The suit also makes many mentions of Megaupload, the prominent cyberlocker service that was hosted partially on LeaseWeb servers before it’s seizure in 2012.

2: UFC Shuts Down Illegal Streaming Site, Will Try to Prosecute Viewers

Next up today, Tim Burkey at SB Nation reports that Zuffa, LLC., the owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has announced that it has closed the streaming site cagewatcher.eu, a site that it says illegally streamed its pay-per-view events online.

However, Zuffa has also said that it has obtained the site’s userbase, including information about the individuals who illegally streamed the events and it is planning on targeting them with legal action as well.

UFC has successfully sued those who illegally stream UFC events in the past, having sued for illegally obtaining a pay-per-view event rather than for copyright infringement. One person, who failed to defend himself and thus was hit with a default judgment, was ordered to pay nearly $12,000 in damages.

3: South Korea Extends Copyright as Part of Australian Free Trade Deal

Finally today, Chris Duckett at ZD Net reports that the Australian government has released the final terms of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA), which is an effort to increase business between South Korea and Australia.

Under the terms, South Korea will extend its copyright protection by 20 years, from the life of the author plus 50 years to 70. That will bring their term in line with Australia and the United States (among others).

The bill mostly deals with streamlining trade between the two nations including removing custom duties on electronic transmissions and raising the screening threshhold for investments between the countries.

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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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