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First off today, an error in the monitoring technology used by the German anti-piracy outfit GVU resulted in the takedown in several videos they did not have the rights to. The videos, hosted on the video sharing site Vimeo, included a series licensed under a Creative Common License. According to GVU, they contract out their monitoring to OpSpec Security and the software had an error in configuration that resulted in the false takedowns though some are less than sure about that explanation.
LimeWire may have already lost its lawsuit against the record labels but it apparently plans to fight on in a second lawsuit against the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), which sued the company after the labels. LimeWire has requested a jury trial in the case, indicating that they plan on fighting it and not settling, much as they did with the RIAA case. An injunction against LimeWire is widely expected in its case against the RIAA and damages could enter into the billions of dollars.
Finally today, even though royalty collection agencies have done a great deal to streamline the payment of royalties and the obtaining of permissions for radio stations, serious complexities remain as different rights are actually handled by different agencies requiring multiple licenses. Though the article is focused on Canada, it could also apply easily to the U.S. and most other nations in illustrating how kludgey obtaining permission can be.
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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