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First off today, Amazon announced that it has launched its new Cloud Music service, which allows users to upload their music collection to their servers for streaming via the Web and mobile devices. However, already there are clouds of copyright conflict on the horizon as Amazon has done this without permission from any of the record labels, something Amazon says it doesn’t need. However, Warner Music reportedly disagrees with Amazon’s stance and may be looking to file suit in the future. Amazon is the first major music provider to offer such a service, beating both Apple and Google out of the gate with the new product.
Next up today, a shadow is being cast over the recent ruling in Washington D.C. that approved of the tactics used by organizations such as the U.S. Copyright Group to sue copyright infringers in large groups in order to obtain their information from ISPs and demand settlements. The judge in that case, Judge Beryl Howell, had worked for a consulting firm, Stroz Friedberg, that specialized in copyright enforcement and lobbied for the RIAA. Judges in Federal cases are deemed to be unbiased, but the ruling has cast additional doubt over the already-controversial ruling.
Finally today, Righthaven, the company filing lawsuits against those who reuse content from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post without permission has won at least a small victory in one of its ongoing lawsuits. Righthaven won the right to continue its case against Dean Mostofi, despite a challenge on jurisdictional grounds. According to the court, Mostofi, who is from Maryland, subjected himself to the jurisdiction of the Las Vegas court by his actions of using the article from a Las Vegas site. This is the second time Righthaven has defeated a jurisdictional question, but other arguments against Righthaven, namely fair use arguments, have seen at least limited success.
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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