3 Count: Marshmello Smores
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First off today, Gene Maddaus in Variety reports that a judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the artist Marshmello over his 2018 song Happier on the grounds that the plaintiff had given up his possession of the article at question and had no reason to sue.
The lawsuit was first filed in 2019 by Russian DJ Arty, legal title Artem Stoliarov, that claimed that Marshmello copied the synthesizer tune from his 2014 remix of the OneRepublic tune I Lived. However, according to a contract that Arty signed with Interscope Records for its remix, Arty had been paid an upfront fee to do the remix but then gave up any royalties.
Therefore, the judge from the case sided with Marshmello and agreed to dismiss the lawsuit. granting the defendants summary judgment.
Next up today, Benjamin Powers in Coindesk reports that the Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance (COPA) has filed a lawsuit in the United Kingdom from Craig Wright, a man who has repeatedly claimed to be the author of the original Bitcoin whitepaper, and it has sent several cease-and-desist letters over it.
The initial Bitcoin white paper was written with a pseudonymous person called Satoshi Nakamoto, whose identity has become the subject of much disagreement. However, Wright has broadly asserted to be the author of the paper and has gone as far as to send legal threats to websites that sponsor it. One of these sites was that the COPA site, which responded by demanding proof of possession that Wright did not provide to their satisfaction.
The lawsuit does not seek damages however, rather, asks the court to solve the issue about whether Wright has some copyright ownership over the Bitcoin white paper.
Finally today, Kate Gray in Nintendo Life reports that Nintendo has filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) note against AkkoArcade, a 3D artist on Patreon, within a 3D model he created of Bowser Jr. that featured a very “lifelike” portrayal of the character’s phallus.
To be clear, the artwork did not feature Bowser Jr. himself and was that of his genitals, raising questions about the part of the model Nintendo owns.
Yet it isn’t the very first time that Nintendo has resigned to prevent pornographic portrayals of the characters. This past year, the company filed similar notices from a fan-made match entitled Peach’s Untold Tale, which featured sexual portrayals of their character Princess Peach.
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