3 Count: Shark Bait

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1: Dotcom: Extradition Treaty Not for Copyright Infringement

First off today, Corinne Reichert at ZD Net reports that, in the Kim Dotcom extradition hearing, the defense has begun to lay out its case and is claiming that Dotcom has no charges that he can face that are extraditable.

Kim Dotcom along with several of his colleagues were arrested in January 2012 and their then-site Megaupload was shuttered following a joint action by U.S. and New Zealand authorities. The U.S. has sought to have Dotcom extradited to the United States but repeated delays in the hearing caused it to only begin last month.

The government has laid out its case for extradition but now Dotcom’s attorneys are making their arguments claiming that the charges of copyright infringement are not extraditable and that all of the related charges stem from that, making them also impossible to extradite him for. The trial is schedule to last a total of six weeks.

2: Court Orders Shutdown of Libgen, Bookfi and Sci-Hub

Next up today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that a court in New York has granted a preliminary injunction against a series of websites specializing in the sharing of scientific and academic journals that are otherwise only available with paid access.

The three sites, Library Genesis Project, commonly referred to as Libgen, Sci-Hub and Bookfi were sued by publisher Elsevier for copyright infringement. Elsevier sought an injunction barring the sites from operating and the court has now granted that injunction, which also requires the domain registries involved to suspend the associated domains.

At least two of the sites, however, remain online but are expected to go dark once their registrars receive the injunction and take the needed steps. Only one of the sites, Sci-Hub, responded to the complaint. It did so by accusing Elsevier of locking up knowledge and exploiting researchers.

3: Shark Photographer Says He Got Jobbed

Finally today, Mike Heuer at Courthouse News Service reports that photographer Carl Roessler has filed a lawsuit against Universal Pictures over the movie Steve Jobs, which Roessler claims made infringing use of an image he took.

Roessler, who specialized in sharks, took the photo in 1994 and, in 1998, licensed the photo to Apple and Steve Jobs for use in a presentation debuting Apple’s PowerBook G3 computer. The photograph, entitled “Maddened Attack” was then featured in the movie as part of a sequence detailing that presentation.

According to Roessler, Apple only had a one-year license on the image and Universal never approached him nor acquired a license for the movie. As a result, he is seeking an injunction and damages related to copyright infringement.


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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