3 Count: Willow Tree

3 Count: Willow Tree Image

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1: Strange Turn in Dancing Baby vs. Prince Case

First off today, the Lenz v. Universal case, which centers around a thirty-second clip of a dancing baby posted by Stephanie Lenz, the plaintiff in the case, now has Universal seeking to find her in contempt of court. The suit, came about after Universal Music filed a takedown notice against the clip due to its background music, which got it removed from YouTube. Though Lenz had the video put back, she, at the nudging of the EFF, sued Universal for filing a false takedown. However, Universal is claiming that Lenz suffered no ill effects from the takedown and has sought documentation from her on the issue. According to Universal though, Lenz has not provided adequate documentation and they are seeking to have her found in contempt. The court had previously ruled that Lenz had waved her attorney-client privilege by disclosing publicly disclosing facts that were discussed, forcing her attorneys to hand over documents related to her case.

2: CVS/pharmacy Unit Sued by Artist for Copyright Infringement

Next up today, artist Susan Lordi Marker is suing CVS Caremark Corp.’s CVS/pharmacy unit for copyright infringement, cleaiming that a line of figurines sold in their store are knock offs of her “Willow Tree” line of figurine angels. Marker’s angels are faceless figurines with wire wings placed in different poses. Marker is seeking to force CVS to stop selling the figurines, destroy all merchandise as well as profits from the sales and court costs.

3: CBS TakesDown Own Video (Image)

Finally today, CBS has seemingly filed a DMCA takedown against a video it was using on its own site. The video was of reporter Serene Branson, who slurred her words while live on TV reporting on the Grammy’s, leading to speculation she had suffered a mild stroke. Branson, is a correspondent for the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles and CBS’ main site had used YouTube clip of the incident as part of its reporting even though it doesn’t seem to have been on an official CBS channel. However, a takedown notice was filed against the clip, resulting in its removal and a rather bizarre scene on the CBS site, one captured in the image above. Hat tip: Thanks to @brettmorrison for the suggestion.


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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