Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Some Recent Legal News...

A federal judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a revised settlement between Google and authors and publishers over the Internet giant's effort to create a vast digital library. The parties' first settlement, reached in 2008, was criticized by the Justice Department, online commerce competitors and library groups. Some critics say the revised deal still falls short of protecting competition among book resellers and doesn't adequately address copyright concerns, particularly over works whose authors can't be found or are unknown. [Washington Post]
Spanish officials said earlier last week that the government will require service providers to offer broadband with speeds of at least 1 Mbps at regulated rates to residents living anywhere in the country. Last month, Finland's minister of communications announced a similar plan. By July 1, 2010, every person in Finland will have the right to a 1 Mbps connection. [CNET]

IiNet has accused Hollywood studios of trying to "outsource" its copyright enforcement to internet firms as it continued to battle in an Australian Federal Court against claims it authorized illegal file-sharing on its network. The Perth-ISP's lead barrister Richard Cobden SC argued that the studios' demand that iiNet pass infringement notices on to customers amounted to an unreasonable request to police its customers. [The Australian]

links and brief summaries are from BNA Internet Legal News email...

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