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First off today, Laure Guilbault at Vogue Business reports that the French court of appeal has ordered Louis Vuitton to pay designer Jocelyn Imbert €900,000 ($990,000) for infringing a lock design that she created.
According to the lawsuit, Imbert created a lock design named LV Tournant and then licensed the use of that design to Louis Vuitton. However, according to Imbert, the license only extended to certain items and Louis Vuitton began to use it on products not covered under the original deal.
The case was originally rejected, but the appeals court has ruled Louis Vuitton did violate the original 1992 agreement. Louis Vuitton is widely expected to appeal the case to another, higher court.
Next up today, Julian Clover at Broadband TV News reports that, in the UK, four people have been sentenced to prison for their part in operating an illegal streaming service.
The service was targeted by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and singled it out for illegal streaming material by Sky Sports and BT Sport among others.
The individuals involved were received sentences ranging from 5 years and 6 months to just 8 months. They also face requirements to perform community service upon their release.
Finally today, Ernesto Van der Sar at Torrentfreak writes that the operators behind a pair of YouTube stream rippers has appealed an $83 million judgment against them.
The lawsuit pits the RIAA against the operators of FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com. Initially, the sites’ operators participated in the lawsuit but, once discovery started, they ceased cooperating and communicating. This prompted the court to issue a default judgment against them and award the RIAA $83 million in damages
However, now the defendants have filed a notice of appeal, saying that the RIAA failed to provide any concrete evidence and that the amount of damages is disproportionate.