A federal appeals court revived a five-year-old copyright case against YouTube on Thursday, finding that a jury might conclude that the online video service knew it was infringing rights when it allowed the distribution of videos of popular television shows and other programs.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan decided the case after hearing lawyers several months ago debate whether the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act shields a company like YouTube from broad copyright claims. Google Inc. paid $1.76 billion for YouTube in 2006, just months after the video service was launched in December 2005.
The appeals decision pertained to several lawsuits filed against YouTube, including one in which Viacom Inc. claimed YouTube committed rampant copyright infringement and others in which The Football Association Premier League Ltd. and various film studios, television networks, music publishers and sports leagues joined to challenge YouTubes practices.
Nisco Pool & Patio closes local stores
Nisco Pool & Patio Paradise has closed, according to a printed sign posted in the window of the store at 5327 Coldwater Road. The company has a second location at 5002 Decatur Road.
The Fort Wayne company serviced swimming pools in the summer, sold Christmas items in the winter and pool tables year-round. No one answered several calls placed to the company Thursday.
The sign at the north store said preferred customers will receive letters in the next few weeks. It was unclear Thursday evening who owns the business.
Also at the Coldwater Road store, a yellow card that had American Electric Power printed on it was posted to the door handle, saying the stores account was past due and asking that the store contact the utility immediately. The card said service is set to be disconnected Monday.
IDEM plans meeting on feeding operations
Huntington will host one of several open-house style meetings the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has scheduled to meet with farmers operating confined feeding operations, CFOs, and concentrated animal feeding operations, CAFOs.
Rule changes the Water Pollution Control Board adopted in November that take effect July 1 eliminate the General Permit category for farms regulated by federal farm rules. Farms with a general permit must determine if they need to be covered by Indianas CFO permit or a federal Individual Permit, the IDEM said in a statement Thursday.
IDEM staff will attend the open houses to answer questions about the permits and other rule changes and help farmers and operators maintain appropriate permit coverage.
The Huntington open house is 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in the D.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St.
Jobless claims hit 4-year low of 357,000
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to a four-year low last week, suggesting employers kept hiring in March at a healthy pace.
Weekly applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 357,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Thats the fewest since April 2008.
The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 361,750, also the lowest in four years.