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1: U.S. Judge Nixes Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Jilted Plan Developer Filed Against Harrisburg

First off today, Matt Miller at Penn Live reports that a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the city of Harrisburg by a former contractor over whether the city was infringing on a plan they were working on.

The lawsuit was filed by OPA in June. The company claimed that the city had improperly terminated their agreement and was handing the work they had done on a citywide comprehensive plan over to a new company. OPA further claimed the city owed them nearly $110,000 but the city claimed that OPA was causing delays in the project. Because of this, the company sued for copyright infringement.

However, on the copyright issue, the court ruled that OPA had granted the city a license to use the work and that the license was never terminated. OPA has asked for permission to file an amended complaint though that motion has not been ruled on yet.

2: Darkest Dungeon Composer Asks YouTube to Stop Copyright Strikes Against Streams Due to his Music

Next up today, video game composer and The Tea Party band member Stuart Chatwood has asked YouTube to stop issuing copyright strikes for streaming video games that he helped create the music for.

The specific games are Darkest Dungeon and much of the Prince of Persia series. According to Chatwood, he has granted permission for gamers to stream his songs on both YouTube and Twitch but, for reasons unclear to him, YouTube continues to issue copyright strikes against those that do.

The issue of music in video game streaming has become a contentious issue as of late with streamers on Twitch seeing a sharp rise in takedown notices due to fresh action by the music industry. It is unknown if the takedowns for Chatwood’s music is a part of that larger push.

3: France’s Hadopi Counts Cost of Piracy: 12m users, €1bn Loss of Earnings

Finally today, Stuart Thomson at Digital TV Europe reports that the French antipiracy group Hadopi has released a study that found some 12 million French Internet users consumed pirated goods and that represents a loss of €1.03 billion in the past year.

According to the study, some €310 million was lost to physical media sales while Pay TV services lost a total of €260 million. This resulted in a loss of €332 million in taxes.

The report did have some good news nothing that peer-to-peer piracy has declined, with illegal streaming picking up much of the slack. Also, the number of pirates has remained flat over the past decade but the percentage that represents has dropped as more users have come online.

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