The BBC reports that the City of London Police's IP crime unit (PIPCU), which has been targetting web-block circumventing proxies, have now forced a number of these proxies offline and that one man has reportedly been arrested in connection with running a proxy server.
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The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) said it had seized pirated books, worth over N10 million, after a raid of markets and book shops, the Mile I Market and His Grace Bible House, Rumuowuta, all in Port Harcourt. The Commission disclosed that it has impounded 19 containers, suspected to be loaded with pirated books, at seaports and borders across the country.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has confirmed that a party claiming infringement of copyrighted computer software must identify those components of the software that are protectable under copyright law before a jury can determine the substantial similarity of the defendant’s software. Automated Solutions Corporation v. Paragon Data Systems, Inc., Case No. 12-3025; -3058 (6th Cir., June 25, 2014) (Cleland, J., sitting by designation). More here at the National Law Review website.
Re/Code reports that videogame streaming site Twitch's announcement that videos in its archives with unlicensed music will be flagged and partially muted has been met with some consternation and anger by users: Twitch has now admitted that it “screwed up” the announcement and has promised to add an “appeal” button for music that users think was flagged in error. But the actual act of cracking down on that unlicensed music, a seemingly necessary move to "avoid trouble from the litigious music industry", is here to stay.
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Music Publisher EMI has asked the Second Circuit to affirm it's victory in the battle with the heirs of songwriter John Frederick Coots over the ownership of the copyright in the song "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," asking the appellate court to confirm the lower court decision that company owns the song's rights until 2029. In a brief to the appeals court, EMI urged the Second Circuit to uphold U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin's ruling that Coots' heirs couldn't use the termination provisions under the Copyright Act of 1976 to regain the rights.
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