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First off today, James Vincent at The Verge reports that Kickass Torrents (KAT), or at least mirrors of it, have resurfaced online less than a week after it was shuttered following the arrest of its suspected operator.
The KAT domain was seized last week and the site’s alleged operator, a Ukrainian, was arrested in Poland. The site went down as well as many of its clones and proxies. However, now at least two sites, including one operated by IsoHunt, have emerged online to take its place.
While the clone sites use the KAT name, they are not operated by the same person and many have limited functionality compared to the original. It’s unclear what impact, if any, the resurgence will have on criminal case against the alleged operator of the original KAT.
Next up today, Tim Kenneally at The Wrap reports that lawyers representing Beyonce have responded to a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against her over her album and accompanying film Lemonade.
The lawsuit, which was filed by filmmaker Matthew Fulks, claims that the film for Lemonade infringes on his short film Palinoia, citing several similarities between them. He is seeking unspecified damages in the case.
However, Beyonce has hit back saying that the two works have nothing in common noting that Palinoia doesn’t deal with infidelity, a core part of her work, and that the protagonists are different races and genders. As such, she is asking that the lawsuit be dismissed
Finally today, Jon Brodkin at Ars Technica reports that the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has responded to questions from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the FCC’s plan to require cable and satellite companies to allow other third-party manufacturers to make set top boxes rather than forcing consumers to buy or rent boxes directly from providers.
The NCTA has since made a counter-proposal that would require cable and satellite providers with more than one million subscribers to build applications for third party devices. While those applications would have to provide all linear and on-demand programming, it would not have to let customers record video or give them fast forward/rewind capabilities.
While the NCTA did say that they would not charge an extra fee to customers for using third-party boxes, they did say that the price could fluctuate based upon the number of services that the consumer used. They also said that they would not provide video via the Internet and are not willing to allow third party boxes to access their content via the Internet.
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.