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First off today, the UK’s largest ISP, BT, has been given a stay in its battle over customer data that it was ordered to hand over to copyright holders and their law firms. The move comes after the Ministry of sound petitioned BT-owned ISP PLUSnet for information on some 300 subscribers. This comes on the heels of ACS:Law’s very public humiliation as a DDOS exposed an email backup for the company, revealing private information about both the company and suspected file sharers. The stay was granted to allow the court time to review the petition for information and ensure that there is cause for turning over the data. Following the ACS:Law debacle, other ISPs have also sasid that they will fight any requests for user data.
Next up today, in a lawsuit very similar to the iviTV lawsuit mentioned earlier, the site FilmOn has also been sued by major TV networks and other copyright holders. FilmOn, as with iviTV, was going to rebroadcast network TV over the Web, claiming that they had special copyright exemptions to do so under the law. The networks clearly disagree and, in a widely-anticipated move, have sued the site. The two cases will likely be a major test of where the laws are drawn in regards to broadcast TV and how those laws apply on the Internet.
Finally today, the group Anonymous, which has stages a series of denial of service attacks against anti-piracy firms and organizations, have promised additional attacks in the future but have not named any targets. Saying that, “There is no time frame. We will keep going until we stop being angry,” a representative for the group hinted that they are preparing for a longer, drawn-out conflict with anti-piracy groups. The Ministry of Sound, a UK group representing artists, has said its site has been taken offline due to a denial of service attack though Anonymous has not said if it is responsible.
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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