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First off today, Blake Brittain at Reuters reports that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has amended a previous decision to make it clear that the recent Oracle v. Google Supreme Court decision does not impact artistic cases.
Recently, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Google, granting a broader fair use exemption to computer code. Not long before that, the Second Circuit ruled in a case pitting photographer Lynn Goldsmith against the Andy Warhol Foundation. In that case, they found that Warhol’s use of her photographs of Prince in an artistic piece was not a fair use.
The Appeals Court has now amended that decision to make it clear that the Google/Oracle case does not have any bearing on it. The Appeals Court noted that, in its decision, the Supreme Court was clear that their ruling dealt with programming code and should be limited as such.
Next up today, Mark Savage at the BBC reports that musician Olivia Rodrigo has added two members of the band Paramore to the writing credits of her hit single Good 4 U.
Shortly after the song was released, many fans began to notice similarities between it and Paramore’s song Misery Business. No legal case came of it, but it appears that Rodrigo has opted to give the two members retroactive credit and, with it, a cut of royalties from the song.
Such changes are common as a means to head of potential copyright litigation. However, it is unclear if Paramore had threatened legal action.
Finally today, Ernesto Van der Sar at Torrentfreak writes that the Usenet indexing site NZBXS has shuttered its doors and, as part of its agreement to close, has turned over details of its user to anti-piracy enforcers.
The move comes as part of an agreement with the Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, which has a long history of targeting Usenet sites that enable users to download pirated content. In this case, they quickly reached an out-of-court settlement, which saw the owner of the site close his “hobby” project and agree to turn over details about users.
Whether BREIN has any intention of targeting those users is unclear. However, the site itself is down, though there is no official termination notice.