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First off today, Matthew Strauss at Pitchfork reports that members of the band Yeasayer have voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against the Weeknd and others involved in the hit single Pray for Me.
The lawsuit was filed in February of this year and accused the Weeknd of using elements from the Yeasayer song Sunrise when making Pray for Me. However, after just months of litigating, the plaintiffs have voluntarily agreed to dismiss the case saying that they are satisfied that no copyright infringement took place.
The Weeknd, along with most of the other defendants, had responded to the lawsuit in spring and staunchly denied the claims. However, neither side had any comment about the dismissal of the case.
Next up today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that an individual that had previously paid a €40,000 ($45,500) settlement to the dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN has been ordered by a court in Utrecht to either cease selling pirate TV subscriptions or face a €10,000 ($11,300) per day penalty.
The individual in question operates a pirate tv service that sells illegal access to a wide range of unlawful video content, both live and recorded. BREIN took legal action against the individual in 2019 and won a court order demanding that he cease and desist. He also agreed to pay a €40,000 settlement but, according to BREIN, never ceased his pirating ways.
The issue comes from two new sites that BREIN claims the defendant operates but the defendant denies. However, the court found the evidence compelling and is not only ordering that he shutter the sites, but that he turn over all information dealing with the parties involved in the site or face an additional €1,000 ($1,100) per day fine with a maximum of €100,000 ($113,600). He is also ordered to pay BREIN’s legal costs of just under €7,400 ($8,400).
Finally today, Caroline Hallemann at Town & Country reports that, at the end of the year The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald will enter the public domain. This will likely lead to a slew of new and unauthorized adaptations but, even with the actual date still months away, the first such adaptation has already been announced.
That announcement is a book entitled Nick by Michael Ferris Smith, which functions as something of a prequel to the classic. It is expected to be released on January 5, 2021, just five days after the copyright lapses.
The book focuses on the character Nick Carraway and goes over events in his life before the start of the events in The Great Gatsby. The book will be published by Little, Brown and Company and will be available in bookstores as well as online retailers.