3 Count: YouTube Troll

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1: YouTube Gets Alleged Copyright Troll to Agree to Stop Trolling YouTubers

First off today, Julia Alexander at The Verge reports that YouTube has reached a settlement with admitted copyright troll, bringing an end to his brief campaign of false takedown notices.

YouTube sued Christopher Brady in August alleging that Brady had sent a series of false Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices against YouTubers Kenzo and ObbyRaidz. According to YouTube, Brady was using the false takedowns as a way to extort money from those creators by threatening their channels and agreeing to lift the copyright strikes in exchange for money.

Once YouTube became aware of the scam, it tracked down Brady and filed a lawsuit against him. That case is now settled with Brady admitting to operating the scam, agreeing to pay $25,000 in damages and agreeing to bar himself from any further false DMCA activities or misrepresenting his identity on Google products.

2: France to Redouble Efforts to Create EU Tech Regulator After Copyright Spat

Next up today, Reuters reports that France is pushing for the European Union to create a new position that would attempt to regulate tech companies and their platforms in a way akin to how they regulate banking today.

The move comes after the EU passed a new copyright directive that, among other things aimed to require Google and other search engines to pay for the use of snippets and thumbnails of news articles. However, Google recently said that it has no intention to pay and will either receive permission to use them for free or drop the snippets altogether.

In response to this, France is pushing for the incoming European Commission to create a new position that would regulate digital platforms like Google by labeling them as “systemic.” As such, Google and other tech companies would be in a similar position to large banks and would be subject to sanctions and fines if they violated those regulations.

3: MPAA and RIAA’s Megaupload Lawsuits Remain on Hold, Perhaps For Years

Finally today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that the civil lawsuits filed against Megaupload have been put on hold again and may stay that way for several years to come.

In January 2012, the file-sharing site Megaupload was shuttered in dramatic fashion after a police raid in New Zealand led to the arrest of the site’s founder and owner, Kim Dotcom, and its employees. However, since then Dotcom has been in limbo awaiting extradition to the United States. That didn’t stop several major rightsholders from filing civil suits in the United States but those cases have been put on hold pending the outcome of the criminal one.

Those cases have been granted yet another extension until April 2020 though, by most estimates, it will be at least five more years before the extradition battle is over and that would only mark the beginning of the criminal trial in the United States. Since civil cases can influence criminal ones, it’s most likely that the civil case will remain on hold until the criminal matters are resolved one way or another.

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