3 Count: Soft Touch

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1: UK ISPs Will Soon Send Written Warnings to Suspected Pirates

First off today, Jamie Rigg at Engadget reports that ISPs in the UK will soon begin sending out emails to subscribers that are suspected of pirating movie, TV and music content.

The move follows a voluntary agreement, known as the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme, which has been actively negotiated since 2014. It involves all four of the major ISPs in the country, Sky, BT, Virgin and TalkTalk, and represents a partnership between them, the UK government and rightsholders to reduce piracy.

The letters will not contain any threats of additional action, including possible legal action or disconnection. Instead, the letters are a “soft” approach meant to inform the account holder of the infringement and suggest legitimate alternatives for accessing media.

2: Trai’s Draft Tariff Order in Conflict with Copyright Act: TV Broadcasters

Next up today, Harveen Ahluwalia at Live Mint reports that, in India, broadcasters are taking issue with a new tariff framework proposed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of Inida (TRAI) that would restrict how much they can charge for their channels.

The new tariff, which was proposed in October, asked broadcasters to adjust the maximum price for single channels and changed the way channel genres were defined for the purpose of setting a genre-wide maximum price.

However, broadcasters have hit back saying that TRAI has overstepped its authority and that, under copyright law they have the right to set amount they charge for their channels. In short, they believe that copyright law grants them the right to charge what the market will bear while TRAI is attempting to streamline channel purchasing as well as lower per-channel pricing.

3: Korean Cosmetics Brand Sues Japanese Artist for Copyright Infringement

Finally today, Natasha Spencer at Cosmetics Design Asia reports that Korean cosmetics company W.Lab has filed a countersuit against Yoshitomo Nara over an ongoing dispute involving W.Lawb’s W-Honey Beam Cushion make up logo.

Nara created an image of large-eyed girl that, in her opinion, bore too close of a resemblance to the logo used for the W-Honey Beam Cushion design, known as the Bee-girl. This prompted Nara to contact the company and ask for the recall of the product line.

However, instead, W.Lab has opted to sue Nara and ask the court to determine authorship of the work. They contend that work was created entirely in house and does not infringe Nara’s work in any way. Nara, however, has seen support online, especially on Twitter, for her claims.


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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