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First off today, Magnetic reports that electronic dance musician Deadmau5 was involved in a Twitter spat with a “shadow rap” group named $uicideboy$ that decided to sample his music without first clearing the rights.
The war of words began on Twitter after $suicideboy$ posted saying that they had a YouTube video removed due to a “copyright issue”. Deadmau5 responded saying that it wasn’t an “issue”, but was “infringement” due to the unlicensed sample. The group responded saying that they were fans of Deadmau5 and thought he’d appreciate the sample but Deadmau5 responded saying that “‘We’re fans’ doesn’t justify the publicizing other people’s intellectual property without consent.”
Others joined in on the battle and seemed about evenly divided between the two sides. Eventually, Deadmau5 ended the spat when he had to hop on a plane, to which one respondent said, “Hope you crash.”
Next up today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that a Swedish ISP named Bahnhof has responded by “copyright trolling” efforts in the country by simply purging its IP address logs so that it has nothing to give to copyright holders who ask for information about allegedly infringing customers.
Copyright trolls typically work by approaching ISPs with the IP addresses of suspected BitTorrent file sharers, asking the ISP to identify the infringer. This can be done either directly or through the courts depending on the country. Once they obtain that information, the copyright holders then usually approach suspected infringer, once again either directly or through the courts, in hopes of securing a quick settlement with the alleged infringer.
However, Bahnhof is regularly purging its IP address logs so that it has nothing to respond to such requests with. In Sweden, ISPs are required to maintain such logs for 6 months but Bahnhof is putting those logs in an protected database that can only be accessed by the police for criminal cases. According to Bahnhof, this approach will prevent such schemes, which recently have made their way into Sweden after having been seen in other countries for years.
Finally today, Aaron Pressman at Fortune reports that Google Fiber may have signed up a large number of ISP customers, but it has signed up very few customers to its pay video service.
Google Fiber is Google’s effort to enter the ISP and cable business. It’s best know for offering 1 TB internet access in the towns that it operates in. However, Google also operates a pay TV service as part of it but, in a recent filing with the U.S. Copyright Office, it was revealed that Google has only signed up 70,000 users to that pay video service.
Google has said that its video sign ups have been “very strong” and that the filing with the Copyright Office doesn’t include recently added cities. Also, it’s likely that most customers don’t get a video package with their internet, making it likely that there are many times more internet subscribers than video subscribers. Still, the weak numbers are being cited as a possible reason Google has been retreating from its Google Fiber strategy, opting to find different ways to delivery ultra-fast internet to customers.
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.