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First off today, The Fashion Law blog reports that the clothing line Supreme is being sued its competitor ASAT Outdoors LLC over allegations that it copied a camouflage design they produce.
The allegations come in the form of a lawsuit filed in a New York federal court. There, ASAT argues that Supreme “willfully, intentionally, and purposefully” infringed upon their rights by copying the camouflage pattern when Supreme created their own line of hats, pants and jackets.
The lawsuit does not raise trademark issues but does make the copyright claims and it is seeking either the profits from Supreme’s sale of the pattern or statutory damages of $150,000 per infringed work, whichever is greater.
Next up today, Steve Dent at Engadget reports that a Canadian federal court has issued an order requiring the major internet service providers (ISPs) to block the GoldTV pirate TV service.
The move had actually been sought by the ISPs themselves, with Bell, Rogers and Videotron, all of which are also cable providers, pushing for the ban. However, Canada’s telecommunications regulator, the CRTC, rejected the idea of such a blocklist and that prompted the ISPs to file a lawsuit.
To that end, the judge has now ruled that such a block does not infringe upon net neutrality or freedom of expression. As such, the court has ordered all of the nation’s ISPs to block access to GoldTV within 15 days.
Finally today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that a royalty-free song provided by YouTube triggered a mass demonetization of one YouTuber’s videos, prompting questions about the effectiveness of YouTube’s content monitoring system.
Matt Lowne is best known for a YouTuber that plays the game Kerbal Space Program. For the intro to his videos, he used the song Dreams by Joakim Karud as it was provided by YouTube’s own audio library. Lowne is appealing one of the videos but is loathe to do more as failed appeals result in copyright strikes that can harm his account.
The issue may be caused by the fact that Dreams samples a song entitled Weaver of Dreams, which is owned by Warner/Chappell Music. Whether this is the cause of the claiming is unclear but may indicate that YouTube’s library is not as royalty-free as they indicate.