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First off today, Kirsten Errick at Law Street reports that photography company Simon J. Burchett Photography has filed a lawsuit against Pieoneers Software over the alleged use of an image on their website without permission.
According to the lawsuit, the site was created by a company named Stage 3, which is described as the defendant’s agent in the filing. The plaintiffs said that they repeatedly warned the company about the infringement but were greeted with a “litany of excuses” and a refusal to cease the infringement.
As a result, Burchett is suing Pieoneers for violation of his copyright and of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act over the alleged removal of copyright management information. They are seeking both damages and attorneys fees.
Next up today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that the Russian Duma has passed new legislation that is targeted at stopping apps that enable access to pirated content and may result in non-compliant app stores being blocked by local ISPs.
With the new law, once a copyright holder makes a complaint, the local telecommunications watchdog will have 72 hours to determine if the allegedly-infringing app is actually infringing. If they determine it is, they will then reach out to the app store in question and begin the entire process. While this includes stores such as the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, it could include a variety of smaller third-party vendors.
Once the app store(s) has been notified of the infringement, they will have 24 hours to notify the application owner of the complaint. That app owner will then have 24 hours to remove the material in question. If they don’t or are unable to comply, then the app store has to remove the app. If the app store doesn’t comply, then the app store itself could face blocking in the country.
Finally today, Jack Figg at The Sun reports that boxer Tyson Fury has lashed out at Instagram after a livestreamed workout of his was stopped early and deleted due to a copyright notification.
Early this week, Fury and his wife were holding a live-streamed workout on Instagram when the video cut off abruptly near the end. Fury claims that Instagram popped up with a message saying “You do not own the music” and deleted the video.
He claims that this isn’t the first time it’s happened with four or five of his other workouts facing similar removal. He went on to say that those removing the videos “stopped the world keeping fit, so you ought to be ashamed of yourself!”