Whispers And Warnings For October 1st

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WOW! DAMAGES REDUCED FROM $7.5M to $750K
U.S. judge reduces copyright verdict against ex-MP3tunes chief
“A U.S. judge on Monday reduced a $48 million (29.57 million pounds) copyright infringement verdict against the former chief executive of defunct online music storage firm MP3tunes, the latest turn in long running court battles between the music industry and online content providers.”

DOES THIS MAKE ALL PUBLICATION OF NUDITY IN AZ ILLEGAL…OR NOT?
ACLU sues over Arizona ‘revenge p*rn’ bill
“The civil rights group said the law can make any person who distributes or displays a nude image without explicit permission guilty of a felony. The group says that violates the First Amendment…”

AND, FOR TODAY’S DIRTY GOSSIP…
Publishing Tycoon Sues His Upper East Side Neighbors After Failing To Sell His $25 Million Townhouse
“Retired publishing tycoon Dick Snyder is suing his neighbors Meredith and Bryan Verona for $60 million after he was unable to sell his mansion…”

(ALLEGEDLY) USING SOMEONE ELSE’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WITHOUT PERMISSION IS JUST PLAIN DUMB
Universal Music Group Slaps Monster With Beastie Boys Lawsuit
“Reuters is reporting that a pair of Universal Music Group units are suing Monster Beverage Corp. for sampling several songs co-owned by rap-rock icons the Beastie Boys, who won a similar lawsuit against the drink maker earlier this year…”

LIBEL LAWS VARY ACROSS THE GLOBE
Woman in the Philippines sued for ‘libelous’ posts on Facebook
“A woman is facing libel charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) after she allegedly posted derogatory statements in the social networking site Facebook against a man who owed her money in 2013.”