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First off today, Charis Palmer and Bruce Arnold of Gizmodo Australia reports that, ABC, an Australian TV network, has shuttered a mobile phone application that made it possible to download and view their shows offline. The app, which was written for Android devices, recorded shows off of ABC’s “iView” service for later playback and had been available for years. However, the network sent a cease and desist letter to the developer, forcing him to remove the application despite protests that it worked “like a VCR”. The move comes a remote recording service run by the cell network Optus lost in court to local sports leagues, which claimed it was copyright infringing, prompting a review of the law.
Next up today, Spiegel Online is reporting that Julian Schramm, a board member of the German Pirate Party, has stirred up controversy by, through her publisher, strictly enforcing the copyright in her new book. Schramm’s book, entitled “Click Me” was published by a subsidiary of Random House and Schramm signed over her copyrights in the book. Her publisher has been filing takedown notices against illegal copies of the book posted online, raising the ire of her colleagues, as her party supports legalizing non-commercial file sharing. In the book, which Schramm reportedly received a €100,000 ($131,000) advance, she refers to large content creators, including publishers, as the “content mafia”.
Finally today, Tecca at Yahoo Tech writes that students at the University of Toronto are upset that many of them spent $180 on an art textbook that contains no images and many blank pages. The reason is because the school was unable to obtain the rights to print many of the images needed in the book, regardless of the fact that the book only covers art up to 1800, meaning that all of the works are well into the public domain. Instead of printing the images in the book, which is a required purchase for the course, the school is offering an online resource to view the images. Students and parents alike, however, are still upset by the book and question the school’s decision to print and sell it.
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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