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First off today, Daniel Fisher at Forbes reports that, in the UK, Duran Duran has filed an appeal in hopes that it will be able to exercise copyright reversion, thus reclaiming its copyrights in many of its hit songs.
Copyright reversion is a U.S. right that allows artists to terminate any contracts or licenses after a set number of years. The reason is because many artists agree to contracts before the value of a work is know and copyright reversion allows them to reclaim their rights and, ideally, renegotiate more fair deals.
However, a court in the UK previously ruled that, since Duran Duran’s contracts were signed in the UK, that UK contract law trumped U.S. copyright law and the band could not seek copyright reversion. Duran Duran is now appealing that ruling and is joining other artists, including Paul McCartney, fighting similar battles.
Next up today, Lily Mayers and Riley Stuart of ABC News reports that, in Australia, cable provider Foxtel has announced it will be taking legal action against those who illegally streamed a popular boxing match in the country.
The boxing match in question was widely popular in Australia with Foxtel charging customers $60 ($46 USD) to stream the event. However, several popular streams of the fight began to appear on Facebook Live and other streaming services.
In one video that went viral over the weekend, Foxtel reps called a man, Darren Sharpe, who was streaming the fight and demanded that he stropped. Sharpe played the conversation on his stream, becoming something of an internet sensation. He has since set up a GoFundMe page to ask for help if he ends up getting sued.
Finally today, Robert Purchase at EuroGamer reports that yet another game protected by the Denuvo digital rights management system has fallen to hackers, but this one appears to be a self-inflicted wound.
Conan Exiles was a new game released on January 31st protected by Denuvo, which had previously earned a reputation for being nearly impenetrable to hackers. However, in recent months games have fallen more and more quickly, including Resident Evil 7, which fell after less than a week.
However, Conan Exiles doesn’t seem to be a problem with Denuvo itself. Instead, when an updated version of the game was released, it was compiled without Denuvo and released. With nothing to crack, pirates seized on the game and began pushing it out on illegal download sites. Despite that, the game remains one of the best-selling games on Steam and it is still an early access, title, meaning it is in active development.
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.