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First off today, the lawsuit between Warner Brothers and the tattoo artist that created the famous tattoo on Mike Tyson’s face have settled their dispute. The lawsuit, which centered around a replication of the tattoo used in the movie “The Hangover 2”, has been settled. The suit had threatened to prevent the movie from being released, though the judge in the case allowed it to move forward despite what she viewed as a strong likelihood that the plaintiff, S. Victor Whitmill, would succeed in the suit. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed but the legal wrangling between the two sides had been particularly hostile at times, with Warner even threatening to digitally alter the tattoo in DVD releases to avoid an expedited trial.
Next up today, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the TheFlyontheWall.com case, which put the investing site against Barclays, a prominent global bank. TheFlyontheWall.com had been running headlines of Barclays stock picks and ratings in near-real time. This prompted Barclays to sue the site claiming “Hot news” copyright infringement, or infringement of breaking news. However, the court disagreed with Barclays and, though it upheld the hot news doctrine in principle, said that Barclays was making the news and TheFlyontheWall.com was breaking it, meaning it wasn’t an infringement. There is no word if Barclays intends to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Finally today, in the UK a coalition of media groups have banded together to lobby for changes to the country’s copyright enforcement policies, including a site blocking scheme that is fast enough to deal with live events being broadcast illegally online. The proposal document, entitled “The Potential for a Voluntary Code”, has already drawn fire from critics, including the Open Rights Group, which wanted to attend the meeting where the document was drafted but was denied admission. Many worry that the outlined process is so quick it would circumvent existing legal protections and that it would inevitably target legitimate sites.
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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