3 Count: Utah Blues

3 Count: Utah Blues Image

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1: Aereo Hit With Second Lawsuit in Utah

First off today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that Aereo has been sued yet again. This time, facing a second lawsuit in Utah where Nextar Broadcasting, which owns an ABC and CW station Salt Lake City, is also suing them for copyright infringement.

Aereo is a service that uses a series of tiny antenna, one per customer, to capture and retransmit over-the-air broadcast television to customer devices over the Internet. It already faces lawsuits from broadcasters in New York, where broadcasters have been denied an injunction both in the lower and appellate court, and in Boston, where broadcasters have also been denied the injunction.

The New York case has been appealed to the Supreme Court but, in the meantime, broadcasters have also sued Aereo in Utah following their launch there by a Fox and CBS affiliate, making this the second case.

2: Pinterest Closes Another Copyright Hole, Inks A Deal With Getty Images, Will Pay A Fee For Metadata

Next up today, Ingrid Lunden at TechCrunch reports that stock photo service Getty Images has inked a deal with Pinterest that will give the photo sharing site access to Getty’s metadata and also end any potential copyright issues between the two companies.

This represents the first time that Pinterest has offered money to a copyright holder for the rights to use their content and for the metadata, usually opting instead to swap traffic. However, Getty Images isn’t particularly interested in traffic and instead took a monetary payment that will also be split among Getty-represented photographers that have their work used on the site.

With the new agreement, anyone who attempts to attempts to pin an image owned by Getty will have the image identified by PicScout, a Getty-owned image detection service. It will then display the Getty watermark on the Pinterest site and have the correct metadata information.

3: Judge In ‘Avatar’ Plagiarism Suit Tosses Disqualification Motion

Finally today, Dave McNary at Variety reports that the judge in the “Avatar” case has tossed a motion asking her to disqualify herself due to an alleged conflict of interest.

Eric Ryder had previously sued James Cameron and his company alleging that he had pitched the idea for “Avatar” to him well before the movie was made. However, the judge tossed the case on evidence that the idea for the film predated Ryder’s relationship with Cameron. But after the dismissal, Ryder had asked the judge to disqualify herself saying that her husband was an employee of Twentieth Century Fox and she had a conflict of interest.

However, the judge has tossed that motion saying that her husband is an independent contractor, not an employee, and that the motion was not timely.

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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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