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First off today, Marcia Coyle at the Law.com Daily Report writes that a group of law students, small practitioners and legal educators have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to ask it to uphold an Appeals Court decision that made it so that the state of Georgia could not use copyright to restrict access to the states annotated codes of law.
The case centers around how Georgia has used copyright law to demand removal of copies of its annotated code from web sites. The lead defendant, Public.Resource.org (PRO), attempted to post the annotated codes on their site only to draw a lawsuit from the state. Though a lower court sided with the state that was overturned by the Eleventh Circuit, which said the code was not protectable under copyright due to a centuries-old edict that all works with the “force of law” are not protectable under copyright.
Both PRO and the new group of petitioners agree with the Appeals Court but are asking the Supreme Court to take the case anyway so that it has a an effect all over the country and has much more weight. Georgia is backed by eleven other states that also want to use copyright to protect their annotated code. The case is scheduled to be heard today by the Supreme Court in a private session to determine whether to grant it cert.
Next up today, Vanessa Romo at NPR reports that La Liga, Spains’s premier soccer league, has been fined €250,000 ($282,000) for violating the privacy of users of its app in order to stop piracy.
According to the country’s data protection agency, the league’s app, which was supposed to provide scores and updates, would enable the phone’s microphone when in use and games were being played. If it was determined the user was at a bar or restaurant, the app would record the audio to determine if the location was showing the game legally or not. According to the government, La Liga did not adequately warn users of this behavior and that it violated the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
La Liga tried to claim that it had given users at least two opportunities to disable the functionality and that they were planning on disabling it at the end of the season, which is June 30. However, it did say it will not be applying the recommendations the agency made, which included having an icon on screen during recording to make it more clear. The feature was only used on the Android version of the app and it is unclear if they intend to have it return next season.
Finally today, Andreas Wiseman at Deadline reports that the digital piracy firm Muso has released a new study that claims, in Europe, customers are reaching a saturation point when it comes to digital streaming services and that further fragmentation may drive some customers to piracy.
According to the survey of 1,000 Europeans, 66.7% say that they currently subscribe to one or two streaming services while another 20.8% say they subscribe to three of four. However, 80.4% say that they are paying too much for content streaming and aren’t planning on adding any new streaming services.
The news comes as both Apple and Disney plan to launch new streaming services and it stokes fears that customers may be getting frustrated with the fragmentation in the market. This, in turn, leads to fears that there may be a return to piracy as it can offer a more complete all-in-one solution to finding content.