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1: Twitter Is Turning a Blind Eye to Music Copyright Infringement, Group of U.S. Reps Says

First off today, Todd Spangler at Variety reports that a bipartisan group of 22 members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey demanding that the company do more to tackle the issue of copyright infringement on its service.

According to the letter, Twitter received some 1.6 million takedown notices for copyright infringement in the first half of 2020, pointing to a pervasive problem on the service. They note that, even with that high takedown count, it’s likely many, many more infringing works go unnoticed by rightsholders.

Twitter, for it’s part, said that it commits significant resources to responding to takedown notices and takes the issues of artists seriously. It added that it engages in the takedown process transparently

2: Major Labels Say Cox’s Appeal of Billion Dollar Copyright Case is “Divorced from Both the Record and Reality”

Next up today, Chris Cooke at Complete Music Update reports that the major record labels have responded to Cox’s appeal of their billion-dollar victory, saying that the court has already ruled on many of the relevant issues and that the appeal itself is “divorced from both the record and reality.”

The major record labels filed the lawsuit against Cox, claiming that the ISP was not doing enough to battle piracy on its network and only paying lip service to its legal obligations. However, it wasn’t the first time Cox was sued over that, with music publisher BMG winning a judgment of their own previously. Though that case was overturned due to an issue with jury instructions, the Appeals Court agreed that Cox had behaved inappropriately. The BMG case was settled shortly after.

The record labels scored their own district court win, with a jury ordering Cox to pay $1 billion in damages. Cox is now appealing that verdict to the same Appeals Court and the labels are pointing out that many of these issues were decided previously and are asking the court to toss the appeal.

3: Jake Paul Fight Piracy: Judge Dismisses Triller’s Lawsuit Against YouTuber

Finally today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that Triller is hitting more speed bumps in its anti-piracy campaign as another one of its lawsuits has been dismissed.

Following the popular Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren fight, Triller has been on a legal campaign against pirates. First, it sued a large group of companies suspected of aiding piracy, but all the plaintiffs save one were dropped after a court ruled they couldn’t be lumped into a single lawsuit. Since then, they’ve been filing individual cases.

However, one of those cases has been dismissed. The case, which was filed against YouTuber Brandon Williams. But, while Williams was served with the lawsuit, he has not responded. Triller sought to get a default judgment, and the court gave Triller very specific instructions before doing so and failed to deliver that motion timely. As such, the case has been dismissed for failure to prosecute. However, the case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that Triller may refile it later.

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