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First off today, a press release from Oracle (sadly the best source I can find) says that, in their long-running lawsuit against Rimini Street, the court has rejected a key defense of Rimini, ruling that Oracle has not committed copyright misuse.
Rimini Street is a company that provides third-party service and support for Oracle products. Oracle sued Rimini claiming that it infringed copyright in various works by Oracle in setting up and operating its practice. Rimini, however, argued that Oracle was improperly using its copyright to enforce a monopoly on servicing its software.
However, the court has ruled that Rimini Street did not provide any evidence of copyright misuse and has tossed the defense. The trial between the two is currently scheduled for September.
Next up today, David Cravats at Ars Technica reports that The Authors Guild has written a letter to the House Judiciary Committee requesting that copyright law in the United States be amended to require hosts and ISPs to filter and block copyright infringing content rather than merely remove it after notification.
The letter comes as the committee is mulling significant revisions to the U.S. Copyright code. The request, if accepted, would be a major change to the current “safe harbor” provisions, which prevent hosts from being held liable for copyright infringement by users so long as they act expeditiously to remove infringements after notification.
The Authors Guild has been especially active lately having also recently asked the Department of Justice to investigate Amazon’s monopoly on ebook sales and the low royalty rates that they claim it pays authors.
GitHub has complied with the request, removing the emulator and its site from their servers. However, the project itself is open source and other versions of the emulator without the games are still available on the site.
Nintendo has been famously aggressive in protecting its intellectual property and has shut down many similar efforts, including a recent iOS app.
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.