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First off today, according to the BBC, several Soviet-era films including Gentlemen of Fortune, Assa, The Diamond Arm, Kin-dza-dza and Cheburashka have appeared in iTunes without the permission the copyright holders. The owners of the films, Russian film studio Mosfilm and the Joint State Film Collection, have said that they gave no permission for the films to be made available online other than their site, however, they are available as apps in the iTunes app store. Apple and the film studios have both said that they will investigate though there is no talk of litigation at this time.
Next up today, group buying site Cudo has sent a cease and desist letter to group buying aggregator Buyii claiming that the site is not only aggregating the deals from Cudo, but is also reusing the site’s content. According to Cudo, Buyii is also attempting to mislead both visitors and search engines into thinking they are or represent Cudo. Buyii, however, strongly disagrees with this stance and has vowed to continue using Cudo’s deals in its feeds.
Finally today, famous director Francis Ford Coppola said, in a controversial interview, that maybe artists, musicians and movie makers, such as himself, should not be paid for their craft and that, perhaps, those downloading music and movie unlawfully may be right. According to Coppola, artists should expect to work another job and then work on their craft separately from that, with no expectation of income. He goes on to say, “Try to disconnect the idea of cinema with the idea of making a living and money,” a statement that, most likely, won’t win him many friends in Hollywood.
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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