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First off today, India’s proposed copyright legislation is already facing a challenge as the BJP and Left parties are threatening to block the bill unless it provides greater protection for the visually impaired. The current bill provides protection for those with physical disabilities to access copyrighted works but those protections do not extend to converting works to digital formats, something the parties would like to see. The parties are concerned that the proposed amendment to the copyright act would deny more than 70 million of access to education and entertainment.
Next up today, Blizzard, the company behind both World of Warcraft and Starcraft, filed a suit against John Marshall (A.K.A. “usmc23”) and five other defendants for making “StarCrack” an application that allows playing the StarCraft 2 beta on “rogue” servers. The suit accused the defendants of circumventing protection technology and trafficking in circumvention tools. However, a week later, with no given reason, the suit was dropped. No word if Blizzard plans on refiling the lawsuit at a later date.
Finally today, a startup named Righthaven has filed suit against five websites, including the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) accusing them of lifting articles from the Las Vegas Review Journal. Both Righthaven and the Las Vegas Review Journal are owned by the same company, Stephens Media, and Righthaven claims to have obtained the rights via that means. Other sites being sued include, according to the article, “blogger Matt Farnham, gambling site MajorWager.com and the company MoneyReign, which allegedly runs the site casinoreign.com.” Righthaven has indicated that more lawsuits are on the way.
That’s it for the three count today. We will 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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