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First off today, Edward Peterson at Bloomberg report that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is rehearing the Innocence of Muslims case today, revisiting a decision the court made in February that gave actor Cindy Lee Garcia copyright interest in the work, despite only having acted in it.
Innocence of Muslims was a 14-minute YouTube video that became best known for inciting outrage among Muslims across the world, even leading to those in the film, including Garcia, to receive death threats. However, Garcia claims that she was tricked into appearing in the film, her voice being dubbed over without her permission to add inflammatory lines. Garcia sought to have the film removed from YouTube on copyright grounds and, when Google refused, she sued.
The lower court sided with Google saying that Garcia held no copyright interest in the work. However, the 9th Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, ruled in favor of Garcia, ordering Google to pull the video down. The court in now hearing the matter en banc, meaning in front of the entire 11 judge panel. Google has found an ally in Hollywood with this case, which worries about other actors claiming copyright interest in movies though Garcia is supported by the Screen Actors Guild.
Next up today, Matthew Bennett at The Spain Report writes that The Spanish Newspaper Publishers’ Association (AEDE) has released a statement saying that the closure of Google News in Spain would have a negative impact on newspapers in the country and is asking for the Spanish government to intervene.
Google announced that it would shutter its Google News operation in Spain as well as remove newspapers in the country from Google News in other countries ahead of a new law that requires publishers to charge for the use of snippets their content in aggregators. Since the right to payment can’t be waived, there is no way for the publishers to offer free access.
Google has said that the new law makes it impossible for them to stay open in Spain, thus prompting them to close down Google News tomorrow ahead of the law taking effect.
Finally today, Emil Protalinski at Venturebeat reports that, even though the official Pirate Bay site remains offline, fellow torrent site isoHunt has launched its version of The Pirate Bay at a different domain, using the original Pirate Bay’s database.
The Pirate Bay went down last week following a raid by Swedish authorities at a hosting company in Stockholm. While the official site hasn’t come back online, cached proxies of the site as well as fake replicas have emerged to fill the gap.
The isoHunt of today is actually a clone of the original isoHunt, which was closed in 2013 after settling a lawsuit with the Motion Picture Association of America. However, several users are noticing that isoHunt’s Pirate Bay clone appears to overlap the results from isoHunt, indicating that it may be just a Pirate Bay-like skin on isoHunt’s own database.
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.