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First off today, Emily Kirkpatrick at Vanity Fair reports that Meghan Markle has emerged victorious in the last of her claims against the UK tabloid The Mail on Sunday and its publisher.
Markle sued the publisher after the tabloid printed a private letter that she had written to her estranged father. She had won much of that lawsuit with a February victory ordering The Mail to print a notice stating what they had done both online and in print. However, questions lingered as to whether Markle was the sole copyright holder in the work as the publisher alleged portions were written by her communications chief Jason Knauf.
However, Knauf strongly denied writing the letter at all and only admitted to reading it before it was sent. Markle claims that was only because it was a deeply personal letter and a difficult one to write, so she turned to Knauf and her husband for support. With that issue resolved, the court ruled that the copyright does not belong to the Crown and that Markle is the sole copyright holder. The Mail has promised to appeal these verdicts.
Next up today, Music Ally reports that record labels in Italy have filed a copyright lawsuit against the video sharing platform Vimeo alleging that the site does not do enough to prevent unlicensed music from appearing on its service.
Vimeo is a video hosting service that has focused more on business-to-business sales, offering a place for companies to host videos away from YouTube. However, according to the labels, which were organized by the IFPI and various Italian organizations, significant amounts of unlicensed music are uploaded and reuploaded to the site.
The move comes after Vimeo received a $5 billion valuation and announced plans to go public later this month.
Finally today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that Triller’s lawsuit has taken some additional twists and turns as the judge demands evidence that the defendants are properly joined even as the plaintiff asks for discovery from Google, YouTube and other service providers.
Last month, Triller filed a $100 million lawsuit against 12 suspected pirate sites as well as 100 unnamed individuals for alleged piracy of the recent Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren boxing match. However, the judge in the case is not convinced that such a mass filing was warranted and is demanding evidence that the different sites acted jointly in any way.
That said, Triller is moving ahead with a request for discovery and is asking the court to compel Google, YouTube and various domain registrars to overturn the identities of some of those involved.