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First off today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has dropped its request for a broad preliminary injunction against the collection of movie streaming sites known as MovieTube, saying that since the sites have shuttered, the issue of the injunction is moot.
The MPAA had sought a broad injunction that would have barred search engines, advertisers, caching providers and others in the U.S. from providing services to the sites. Members of the tech community filed a brief with the court claiming that the injunction request was overly broad, but the MPAA claimed that it was proper for them to request such relief against a site that they saw as engaging in illegal behavior.
However, shortly after the lawsuit was file MovieTube shuttered all of its sites. Though the MPAA is going to continue seeking a permanent injunction, it’s dropping its request for a preliminary injunction and is asking the court to set aside the motion from the tech companies.
Next up today, The Local in Denmark reports that police in the country arrested two men, on charges that they operated domains that instructed Danish users on how to access Popcorn Time, the popular BitTorrent website that enables free, but illegal, access to movies and TV shows.
Popcorn Time has become notorious among copyright holders for providing a simple, attractive user interface for viewing illegal content. Often referred to as the Netflix of piracy, its rise in popularity has been a point of contention for rightsholders and police alike.
The two men have already pleaded guilty to the infringements and face up to six years in prison each. In the meantime, the sites themselves have been pulled down and replaced with text indicating that they are under a criminal investigation.
Finally today, Neelima Choahan at The Age in Australia reports that Daniel Andrews, the Premier of Victoria, has found himself the subject of controversy over a “Visit Victoria” video he posted to promote tourism to the state.
The video, which shows Andrews touting the virtues of the state, has an background music that, at regular intervals, features an audible watermark for AudioJungle, a site that provides stock music clips.
Such a watermark is common on preview of a clip but is removed when the track is purchased and licensed for use. The government, however, said it was a “simple mistake” and that a draft version of the video was uploaded rather than the final product. He said that the government has all of its licensing in place and that the final version does not contain the audio watermark.