3 Count: Choreographed Protection

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1: London Court Allows Australia’s Wright to Serve Bitcoin Copyright Claim

First off today, Kirstin Ridley at Reuters reports that London’s High Court has allowed Craig Wright to serve a lawsuit to the operator of the bitcoin.org lawsuit, known only as “Cobra”. over Twitter or a generic email address.

Wright is an Australian native that has made repeated and dubious claims to be the author of the original Bitcoin whitepaper. As part of that claim, he has begun filing copyright infringement lawsuits against sites that host the paper without his authorizations.

Wright, as part of his claims, also accuses Cobra of wrongfully controlling the domain at issue and sought to serve him with a lawsuit. However, the pseudonymous nature of Cobra has made serving the lawsuit difficult, which is why the court is allowing him to serve it via email and/or Twitter.

2: Popcorn Time Asset Freeze Expanded in Piracy Suit

Next up today, Ashley Cullins at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that a federal judge in Virginia has expanded an asset freeze against Popcorn Time by ordering that all PayPal-based assets be frozen.

Popcorn Time is an open source BitTorrent client application that has a built-in media player and aims to recreate a Netflix-like experience. The lawsuit was filed by Millennium Funding, Voltage Pictures and others against the website VPN.HT and others involved in the operation of this branch of Popcorn Time.

Previously, the plaintiffs had secured a preliminary injunction ordering other assets owned by the site to be frozen, however, the PayPal account was left off the initial order. This time around, the judge has expanded it to include the site’s PayPal account and, with it, much of its financing.

3: Beyonce and Megan Thee Stallion Choreographer JaQuel Knight Launches Company to Copyright Dance Moves

Finally today, Jazz Tangcay at Variety reports that JaQuel Knight is looking to expand upon his historic copyright registration by launching a new business, one that aims to help other choreographers not only register their work, but to oversee the rights and licensing for dance moves.

Last month, Knight made history by being the first choreographer to successfully register his dance moves with the U.S. Copyright Office. Though copyright has been protected since the Copyright Act of 1976, registering such works proved to be a massive challenge.

Fresh off that success, Knight is launching a new company, night Choreography & Music Publishing, which will function much like a music publisher, but for dance moves. He is hoping that this will give more control to choreographers and help them create a new business licensing their moves.

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