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First off today, Hallie Eisenpress, Michael Rothman and George Costantino at ABC News report that Justin Bieber has been sued by pop star Casey Dienel, better known as White Hinterland, over the Bieber song Sorry.
According to Dienel, Sorry is an infringement of her 2014 song Ring the Bell. Specifically, she claims that the female vocal riff from Sorry was lifted from her work and that neither Bieber nor his co-author, Skrillex, obtained a license to use her work.
As such, Dienel is suing Bieber and Skrillex as well as other writers and Bieber’s label, Universal Music. She is seeking an injunction against further infringement and a jury trial to determine damages.
Next up today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that Warner Brothers and Intel have reached a settlement with hardware manufacturer Ace Deal over it’s Blu-ray and 4K content “stripper” that removed all content protection on high-definition video.
Ace Deal sold a product that enabled users to strip away the HDCP protection applied to HD streams to make piracy more difficult. The company, in the settlement, admitted to violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and has agreed to cease selling the product, of which it sold just shy of 3,000 units, and pay $5 million in damages.
The case comes on the heels of a similar one against the Chinese company LegendSky, which sells a similar product. However, LegendSky successfully argued that it does not remove the protection, only downgrades the protection to a lower version, which is allowed under the DMCA.
Finally today, Dave Snelling at The Daily Star reports that the UK High Court has ordered that ISPs within the country to block access to several popular streaming websites including Putlocker, Watchfree and CouchTuner.
The move comes at the request of the movie studios, which have long targeted these sites, in particular Putlocker, which prior to the block was one of the most popular sites in the UK.
The move caused an outcry from fans of Putlocker who took to Twitter to vent their frustrations, one even likening it to the end of the world.
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.