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First off today, Sam Gutelle at Tubefilter reports that YouTube star Michelle Phan has settled her lawsuit with Ultra Records, which sued her over use of their music in her popular makeup tutorial videos.
Ultra, which represents artists such as Kaskade, Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki, sued Phan in July 2014 alleging that she was using their music without permission. Phan hit back with a counterclaim saying that she received permission from a representative at the label that allowed her to use the music provided she attributed the songs and offered links to iTunes downloads.
The case, however, has now been settled though the terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Neither side offered any comment on the settlement.
Next up today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that QTS, the company that recently acquired Carpathian Hosting, is petitioning the court to be allowed to wipe some 1,103 servers that were owned by Megaupload and it has maintained since January 2012, when the site was shut down.
Following the shuttering of Megaupload, Carpathia Hosting was ordered by the court to maintain the servers that Megaupload had been using at the provider, which Carpathia said cost them about $9,000 per day. The company had previously petitioned to be able to wipe and reuse the servers, but the court urged the company to preserve the evidence.
However, QTS is now petitioning to either wipe the data or, at the very least, let one of the other parties in the case store the data. They say that the servers have not been used in the years since the original ruling and aren’t likely to be a part of the case moving forward. Meanwhile, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom says that the wiping of the servers could cost millions of users their data permanently.
Finally today, Jan Willem Aldershoff at Myce reports that Microsoft’s new terms of service went into effect on August 1st and, with them, comes a provision that might have many who pirate software concerned.
Under the new terms, users of Windows 10 may see updates in the future that could prevent them from playing counterfeit games or using unauthorized hardware with their PC. How those changes would work is unclear, but it’s the first time Microsoft has put such a clause into their terms.
The terms apply to anyone using Microsoft services such as Office 365, Outlook.com, Xbox, Skype, OneDrive, Bing and MSN. However, this move applies most directly to users of Windows 10 as most us their Microsoft Account to set up their operating system when installing. However, even users on Windows 8 and earlier OSes can be bound by it as well if they use any Microsoft service above.
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