3 Count: Fugitive Dotcom

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1: Supreme Court Won’t Hear Kim Dotcom’s Civil Forfeiture Case

First off today, Cyrus Farivar at Ars Technica reports that the Supreme Court will not hear Kim Dotcom’s civil forfeiture case, allowing to stand a 4th Circuit ruling that declared Dotcom a fugitive and unable to challenge the seizure of his assets.

Residing in New Zealand, Kim Dotcom was arrested in January 2012 for operating the file sharing site Megaupload. Since then, he has fought extradition to the United States but assets seized during and shortly after his arrest, including property and money, remain under the control of various governments.

Dotcom challenged the forfeiture saying that he has not been convicted of anything and is merely contesting extradition to the United States. However, the courts in the U.S. ruled that, since he has not voluntarily appeared before the U.S. courts, that he is a fugitive in the eyes of the law and can not avail himself of the protections provided by U.S. courts. Dotcom had appealed the issue to the Supreme Court but the Supreme Court has now declined to hear that case, much to the disappointment of Dotcom and his attorneys.

2: Seventeen Gives Coldplay & The Chainsmokers ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ Credit Amid Plagiarism Concerns

Next up today, Tamar Herman at Billboard reports that the K-pop band Seventeen has added both Coldplay and the Chainsmokers to the songwriters of their latest single Don’t Wanna Cry, to avoid issues over alleged plagiarism and copyright infringement.

Listeners began to notice similarities between Don’t Wanna Cry and Something Like This, a song by Coldplay and The Chainsmokers. The authors of Don’t Wanna Cry held fast claiming that the song was an original composition but eventually decided to add Coldplay and The Chainsmokers to the song’s composition to avoid the “stress” it could cause the band.

As a result of this, members of Coldplay and The Chainsmokers will receive royalties from the composition of the song, including sales and when it is streamed online.

3: Russian Company Releases ‘DeUHD’ to Remove Copy Protection From Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs

Finally today, Jan Willem Aldershoff at MYCE reports that a Russian company claims to have cracked the AACS 2 copy protection on Ultra HD Blu-Ray movie and is selling software that can remove it from 30 different films.

The company, named Arusoft, has released DeUHD that claims it can strip copy protect off of Ultra Blu-Ray movies. the AACS 2 protection on the films had previously resisted all attempts to defeat it, making this the first time anyone has claimed to do so.

The software costs €199 ($233) and only works on 30 films. However, the software claims to that the quality of the decrypted file is the same as the original and it opens up playback on any platform. However, users on other sites have said the software doesn’t seem to fully work yet. Either way, a demo version is available that allows the decryption of approximately 10 minutes of video.


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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