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First off today, Scott Roxborough at The Hollywood Reporter writes that a group of Austrian film companies are demanding that local ISPs enforce a ruling from the Austrian Supreme Court, which was upheld by the European Court of Justice, that requires them to block access to infringing sites.
The group, VAP, has given ISPs until Friday August 1st to block access to the three most popular file sharing sites in the country, The Pirate Bay, Movie4K and Kinox.to, which is the successor to Knox.to, the site that began the original lawsuit.
The Association of Internet Service Providers Austria said that, according to the ruling, rightsholders don’t have to provide proof of damages before demanding sites be blocked. However, the ISPs and VAP are scheduled to meet on the issue next week, but after the deadline has passed.
Next up today, kurt Bayer at The New Zealand Herald reports that Megaupload and Mega founder Kim Dotcom has been ordered by a New Zealand court to reveal what assets he has ahead of a lawsuit by the major movie studios against him.
Dotcom was arrested in January 2012 after his site, Megaupload, was shuttered in a joint U.S. and New Zealand police action. Dotcom currently faces extradition to the United States for copyright infringement and money laundering, but repeated delays in obtaining a hearing have pushed a deacons back to at least 2015.
In the meantime, Dotcom has kept busy launching his follow up service, Mega, and his Internet Party, a political party that promotes his ideology. The movie studios, who have a civil suit against him, are concerned Dotcom may be disposing of his assets in the party and the judge, saying she feels that the judgment could easily exceed the amount of assets that are currently frozen, wants to investigate more deeply and is ordering Dotcom to submit an affidavit on all of his current assets.
3: Miami Artist AholSniffsGlue Sues American Eagle Outfitters for Intellectual Property Infringement
Finally today, Carlos Suarez De Jesus at the Miami New Times reports that area artist AholSniffsGlue, best known for his “droopy eyes” street art installation, is suing American Eagle for copyright infringement over claims that the clothing retailer used his artwork without permission in various advertisements and promotions.
Ahol, whose real name is David Anasagasti, filed the lawsuit after he saw his most popular piece featured in American Eagle advertisements, social media sites and even in-store installations, all without permission, payment or even attribution.
In one case, in a store in Colombia, American Eagle hired local grafiti artists to recreate another of Anasagasti’s work, this time with the American Eagle logo over it. American Eagle did not comment on the lawsuit.
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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