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Canadian domain registrar easyDNS has published a National Arbitration Forum ruling which seems to be in it's favour in relation to the domains that were blocked by Public Domain Registry in response to a letter from the City Of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit which we first reported here and then here. Having heard that the IP Crime Unit is not a court of law, the arbitrator charged with the task of considering this dispute has ruled in favour of easyDNS saying "No court order has been issued which would prohibit the transfer of the domain names at issue from the Registrar Of Record to the Gaining Registrar. Therefore, there is nothing in the Transfer Policy which authorises the Registrar Of Record to refuse to transfer the domain names". The ruling continues: "To permit a Registrar Of Record to withhold the transfer of a domain based on the suspicion of a law enforcement agency, without the intervention of a judicial body, opens the possibility for abuse by agencies far less reputable than the City of London Police".
Sony/ATV has settled its legal dispute with the Gaye family over claims that Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' borrowed from Gaye's "Got To Give It Up" - as CMU Daily say: "possibly because Marvin Gaye's children raised issues around the music publisher's market dominance in their litigation. That's not something Sony/ATV chiefs want debated too much in the public arena, they having successfully speeded through their mega-acquisition of the EMI publishing".
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The CopyKat would like to wish all of the 1709 readers a happy January 14th from Groningen in the Netherlands, where he is at the EuroSonic music conference and festival, just in time for the European Festival Awards tomorrow night. Happy days!