3 Count: Swurly

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1: EMI’s Outrageous Lawsuit Against Developer Takes Its Toll

First off today, the EMI lawsuit against Seeqpod we reported on last week has already had its first casualty. As many will remember, the lawsuit was unique in that, in addition to both Seeqpod and one of its executives, EMI also sued a developer, Ryan Sit, who used ther Seeqpod API for some one projects.

However, yesterday, Sit announced that he was closing down one of his projects, a life streaming service called Swurl. Though it is Favtape, not Swurl that uses the Seeqpod API, Sit has said that with the pressures of the lawsuit he is unable to keep maintaining the service.

Though the letter to Swurl users did not mention the lawsuit, it did say that “due to the pressures of our day jobs and other distractions, we can no longer support or maintain the service at the level that we think our users deserve.”

2: Apple Denies OS X Monopoly Claims in Clone Case

Also yesterday, Apple filed its response to Psystar’s counter-suit and, unsurprisingly, is claiming that it is not abusing copyright with its restrictive licensing and that it does not hold a “monopoly” over the Mac brand.

Apple had sued Psystar for making and selling non-Apple licensed computers running OSX. Psystar counter-sued Apple, first alleging that Apple’s actions were in violation of anti-trust laws but, after that suit was thrown out, refiled alleging copyright abuse by Apple with its license.

The trial is set for November.

3: Louis Vuitton and Bad Boy Settle on Danity Kane Infringement

Louis Vuitton Malletier and Bad Boy Records, which is owned in part by Bad Boy Entertainment, which in turn is owned by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, have settled an ongoing copyright dispute over the use of two videos and one album by the group Danity Kane that made included trademarked and copyrighted elements from Louis Vuitton.

The exact terms of the settlement have not been released, but it is known that Bad Boy agreed to remove all references to Louis Vuitton from both of the videos and Danity Kane’s self-titled album.


That’s it for the three count today, we’ll be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.

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