3 Count: Rounded Hill

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1: Cox Wants Music Group to Pay for False Copyright Claims

First off today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that U.S. ISP Cox is asking a court to order Round Hill Music to pay some $100,000 in legal fees that it incurred fighting copyright claims by the company that ended up being shown false.

Round Hill Music teamed up with BMG Rights Management to sue Cox for the ISP’s alleged failure to take adequate action against piracy on its network. Specifically, they claimed that Cox failed to terminate repeat infringers, as required by the law. The court agreed and ordered Cox to pay some $25 million in damages.

However, that came after the court ruled that Round Hill did not have standing to file suit in the case. The court ruled that it did not hold exclusive rights to the music it was suing over and, therefore, was not eligible to sue for copyright infringement. Now Cox is asking for some $100,000 in legal costs related to fighting Round Hill’s portion of the lawsuit.

2: Pirate Party Set to Form Government in Iceland, Poll Suggests

Next up today, Ben Kentish at The Independent reports that a recent poll in Iceland says that The Pirate Party has the support of 21.6 percent of voters in the country, making it the highest-polling party ahead of the election on October 29th.

The party, which was founded in large part on the basis of major copyright reform, has expanded to address other issues. In Iceland, the most popular of which is the anti-corruption and transparency platform, which seems to resonate with voters in the country, which has been hit hard by political scandal.

The party also seeks to decriminalize drugs, give voters are more broad say over policy and  grant asylum to Edward Snowden.

3: Conan O’Brien Joke Theft Lawsuit Adds an Additional Joke

Finally today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that the “joke theft” lawsuit against Conan O’Brien has expanded and now includes a fifth joke and more people being deposed.

The lawsuit was filed by Robert “Alex” Kaseberg, who accuses O’Brien and his writers of lifting jokes from his Twitter and his blog. O’Brien strongly denies this and but Kaseberg recently won the right to depose more people, now up to 13, and add a fifth joke to the litigation.

The judge also agreed to grant Kaseberg access to emails and other documents that may help understand the routine and process for writing jokes for O’Brien’s monologue.


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.

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