3 Count: Glassed Out

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1: Shuster Estate Asks Supreme Court to Take up Superman Case

First off today, Kevin Melsore at Comic Book Resources reports that the estate for Joe Shuster, one of the two creators of Superman, have filed a petition with the Supreme Court hoping to have their copyright termination fight heard and a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against them overturned.

Copyright termination allows creators (and their estates) to “terminate” any licensing agreements after a set number of years. However, DC Comics argues that the estate signed a new agreement with DC in 1992, which restarted the clock and made the work ineligible for termination in 2014.

However, the estate argues that termination rights couldn’t be waived in 1992 because siblings did not obtain termination rights until 1998. As such, they are asking the Supreme Court to overturn several lower court rulings against them.

2: The Pirate Bay Now Blocked in Argentina

Next up today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that Agrentina has become the first Latin American country to block The Pirate Bay on copyright grounds.

The blocking comes due to legal action by Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas (CAPIF), a group that represents the music industry in the country. CAPIF pleaded to the 67th District Federal Court to order ISPs in the country to block the site and the count agreed, issuing an order requiring local ISPs to block domain names and 256 IP addresses associated with the site.

The move also results in the site being blocked in much of Paraguay, which is landlocked and receives much of its Internet access from Argentina. Though the order is preliminary, many of the local ISPs are already blocking the site.

3: Google Glass to be Banned from All UK Cinemas

Finally today, Adam Sherwin at The Independent reports that, in the UK, the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association has announced that Google Glass will be banned from all cinemas in the country over fears that the device could be used to pirate films.

Google Glass is a device worn over the users eye and is capable of recording video at a touch or voice command. Fear that the device could be used to illegally record films has caused it to be banned in some U.S. theaters but, as the device makes it way to the United Kingdom, it’s receiving a nationwide ban.

Google Glass lights up when it is recording and has only enough battery to record about 45 minutes of video. However, fears that gangs could combine multiple videos to produce high-quality pirated copies of films has prompted the ban.


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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