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First off today, Lauren Orsini at ReadWrite reports that 4Chan, the anonymous message board that is infamous for shocking and offensive content, has added a Digital Millennium Copyright Act policy, saying that it will remove content that is copyright infringing.
The policy was launched after the site became the first public place that photos of dozens of nude celebrities were leaked. That leak, which is being investigated by the FBI, likely began with a private “deep web” group but became public after an anonymous posted uploaded many of the images in hopes of earning Bitcoin tips.
The DMCA policy identifies a DMCA agent for the site to receive complaints about copyright infringement. According to 4Chan, the reason they did not have a DMCA agent until now was because the site constantly deletes old threads, meaning that content rarely stays on the site longer than a few hours.
Next up today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that both Fox News and TVEyes have filed their motions for summary judgment in their lawsuit and those motions, which became public on Tuesday, each ask the judge to rule in their favor.
TVEyes is an online video service that captures Fox News’ content and, for $500 per month, allows users to view live streams, recorded programs and download clips that they can edit, share and add commentary too. The service has been used by sites such as Media Matters, which are heavily critical of Fox News reporting.
Fox News, however, says that the service is both a copyright infringement and a case of hot news misappropriation. They say the service harms Fox News both by competing with licensed clipping services and making it so that Fox can’t track a number of its viewers. TVEyes, however, likened itself to Google Book Search, saying it’s scanning and indexing Fox’s content to make it more searchable and more easily criticized. A ruling on the summary judgment is expected soon.
3: Government Warns of Legal Moves Unless Google, Microsoft Stop Linking to Pirate Sites
Finally today, the UK government has sent letters to Google, Microsoft and Yahoo telling them to do more to avoid linking to copyright infringing sites or they may face legal measures in the UK to force them to.
The news comes from the Culture Secretary Sajid Javid who gave a speech to the British Photographic Industry (BPI). He claimed to have signed the letter himself, along with the Business Secretary and sent it the companies involved.
Google has declined to comment on the letter but Microsoft confirmed they received it but have not issued a response. Yahoo currently uses Microsoft’s Bing search engine for their own results and they said they are working closely with Bing on how to respond to the letter.
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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