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Judge Koh throws out evidence Apple and Samsung provided in circumvention of page limits

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Judge Lucy Koh is doing some clean-up in the Apple v. Samsung litigation that went to trial in the summer. This morning she issued an order striking evidence that Apple and Samsung provided in the form of declarations attached to their briefs but which, in the judge's opinion, presented arguments...
Judge Koh throws out evidence Apple and Samsung provided in circumvention of page limits

Just Two More Days To Unlock Your Phone, Then You'll Be Breaking The Law

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We've always had our concerns about the ridiculous DMCA "exemptions" process concerning circumvention of digital locks. If you don't know, the DMCA has a strict anti-circumvention rule, that says breaking digital locks such as DRM, is itself a violation of copyright law, even if the purpose of the lock-breaking does...
Just Two More Days To Unlock Your Phone, Then You'll Be Breaking The Law

Google admits tracking Safari users

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Internet giant says it circumvented security settings in browser to track users on desktops and iPhonesGoogle has come under attack for violating users' privacy and ignoring their wishes after admitting that it intentionally circumvented security settings in Apple's Safari browser to track users on both desktop computers and iPhones.A number...
Google admits tracking Safari users

JDownloader Court Ruling Worries Open Source Software Developers

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Downloading files from the web can be achieved via many routes but for some a download manager is the best solution. One of the most popular is JDownloader, a Java-based tool that works on Windows, Linux and Mac. Among other features it can download videos, pull files from countless file-hosting...
JDownloader Court Ruling Worries Open Source Software Developers

Late Internet activist Aaron Swartz to receive the James Madison Freedom of Information Award

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Today Rep. Zoe Lofgren announced that she will award Internet activist Aaron Swartz, posthumously, the James Madison Freedom of Information Award. Aaron Swartz’s early demise by suicide, which followed intense prosecution of his online work, sparked a storm of criticism; his family and former partner have been vocally active in placing...
Late Internet activist Aaron Swartz to receive the James Madison Freedom of Information Award

T-Mobile USA's optional censorship blocks clean, legal sites

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An optional web censoring filter used by T-Mobile's US division, Web Guard has been found stretching too far in a new study by the Open Observatory of Network Interference. As implemented so far, it not only blocks the intended 'adult' sites but a number of clean sites, such as Cosmopolitan...
T-Mobile USA's optional censorship blocks clean, legal sites

Pharma Companies Try 'DRM' For Drugs As A Ploy To Stymie Generics

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One of the striking features of the drug world is how pharma companies become noticeably more inventive immediately before their patents are due to run out and their drugs are about to enter the public domain. That's because they need to find a way to differentiate themselves from the generic...
Pharma Companies Try 'DRM' For Drugs As A Ploy To Stymie Generics
Windows 8 games can easily be pirated through simple hacks

On The State of Google’s Advertising Business: Neal Mohan at Signal SF

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If you’ve been reading Searchblog, you know I’ve been writing quite a bit about Google, privacy, and the advertising business. All of those topics are going to be coming together in my interview with Neal Mohan, VP Product at Google, on the Signal SF stage next month. Neal oversees display and...
On The State of Google’s Advertising Business: Neal Mohan at Signal SF

Ridiculous Statutory Damages Rules Means Judge Regretfully Awards $3.6 Million For Circumvention Of DRM

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Eric Goldman points us to yet another example of ridiculous statutory damages rules around copyright creating awards in court cases that have no connection to any real harm. And, this time, it involves the violation of the highly questionable (and controversial) anti-circumvention clause of the DMCA. The case involves an...
Ridiculous Statutory Damages Rules Means Judge Regretfully Awards $3.6 Million For Circumvention Of DRM

Hotfile is Out Cold, But Google’s DMCA Safe Harbor Debate Is Heating Up

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Google recently threw down in the ongoing legal battle between the MPAA and Hotfile with amicus curiae panache. But Google wouldn’t file an amicus brief from the kindness of its algorithmic heart. Larger issues are at play – namely, safe harbor protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). As...
Hotfile is Out Cold, But Google’s DMCA Safe Harbor Debate Is Heating Up

Google may pay $22.5 million penalty for ignoring Safari Do Not Track

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Google may be nearing a settlement of $22.5 million with the FTC for its willful circumvention of Do Not Track settings in order to keep serving ads, the Wall Street Journal reports. Because Google violated its consent decree with the US government that it would not misrepresent privacy settings to...
Google may pay $22.5 million penalty for ignoring Safari Do Not Track

Tech giants agree to new privacy rules

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Mobile apps will have to disclose how private data will be used before download under new agreementSix of the world's top consumer technology companies – including Apple, Google and Microsoft – have agreed that apps will provide greater privacy disclosures before users download them so as to protect consumers' personal...
Tech giants agree to new privacy rules

A Look At Twelve Years Of Dangerous Unintended Consequences From The DMCA

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The DMCA has been in place for a dozen years now, and the harm done by its provisions has become quite clear. The framers of the DMCA did not take into account the unintended consequences of the law -- and even one of the main authors of the law, Bruce...
A Look At Twelve Years Of Dangerous Unintended Consequences From The DMCA

Unlocking new cell phones to become illegal on Saturday

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An edict from the Library of Congress is about to make phone unlocking illegal for the first time in 6 years. The decision, issued in October, is part of a triennial process whereby the Librarian of Congress hands out exemptions from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The two previous...
Unlocking new cell phones to become illegal on Saturday

Just Two More Days To Unlock Your Phone, Then You'll Be Breaking The Law

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We've always had our concerns about the ridiculous DMCA "exemptions" process concerning circumvention of digital locks. If you don't know, the DMCA has a strict anti-circumvention rule that says breaking digital locks, such as DRM, is itself a violation of copyright law, even if the purpose of the lock-breaking does...
Just Two More Days To Unlock Your Phone, Then You'll Be Breaking The Law

More Details On Copyright Register Maria Pallante's Call For Comprehensive, 'Forward-Thinking, But Flexible' Copyright Reform

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On Friday, we had two stories breaking the news that the Register of Copyright is expected this week to call for comprehensive copyright reform, including both a slight reduction in term as well as some of other changes. It's somewhat surprising that (as far as I can tell), no other...
More Details On Copyright Register Maria Pallante's Call For Comprehensive, 'Forward-Thinking, But Flexible' Copyright Reform

German Pirate Party Makes Some Shockingly Unshocking Proposals For Copyright Reform

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As Techdirt has reported, after a year of amazing successes, the German Pirate Party is going through something of a bad patch at the moment. One reason is that it seems to spend more time squabbling in public than on crafting policy documents that will win over the public. That...
German Pirate Party Makes Some Shockingly Unshocking Proposals For Copyright Reform

Google Browser-gate: Here Come The Lawsuits

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Like night follows day, class action lawsuits follow privacy breaches. The Wall Street Journal (NSDQ: NWS) reported on Friday that Google (NSDQ: GOOG) had circumvented privacy settings on the iPhone browser and already at least two lawsuits have turned up in federal court. For anyone who missed it, Google’s...
Google Browser-gate: Here Come The Lawsuits

This Guy's Book Scanner Is Changing The Infrastructure Of Reading

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Daniel Reetz is an artist and engineer who ran into a problem one day - his office building collapsed, breaking its steam pipes and ruining every book in the building. But while the physical books were destroyed, Reetz's loss wasn't 100%. He had digitally scanned most of them, and as...
This Guy's Book Scanner Is Changing The Infrastructure Of Reading
Google facing more privacy litigation, according to WSJ

Less than 12k signatures needed before unlocking cell phone petition gets heard by the White House

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Supporters of legalizing unlocking cell phones are closer to getting their petition heard from the White House. With three days left, organizers need to gather just under 12,000 signatures in order to meet the 100,000 minimum as established by the Obama administration’s “We the People” system. The petition that supporters...
Less than 12k signatures needed before unlocking cell phone petition gets heard by the White House

Homemade Hardcovers: Yet Again, Anti-Circumvention Interferes With Fair Use

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Font blogger Thomas Phinney writes in to tell us about his concerns with the DMCA anti-circumvention clause in relation to creating home-printed versions of digital books. Phinney prints, stitches and binds his own books at home, producing fancy hardcovers for purely personal use from legally-purchased PDF ebooks. This, alone, is...
Homemade Hardcovers: Yet Again, Anti-Circumvention Interferes With Fair Use

Google Under Fire for Circumvention of Cookie Settings in Safari for iOS to Track Users

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Google and several other advertising agencies have been discovered to be circumventing privacy protections in Apple's Safari browser for iOS devices in order to track users through ads on numerous popular websites. Google implemented the technique in order to embed +1 buttons on its...
Google Under Fire for Circumvention of Cookie Settings in Safari for iOS to Track Users

FTC to fine Google for bypassing Safari privacy?

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The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly considering a fine in its purported investigation over Google's alleged circumvention of Safari privacy controls. Although the Commission has yet to formally disclose an investigation, unnamed sources have told MercuryNews the agency may demand a fine much higher than the $25,000 FCC penalty the...
FTC to fine Google for bypassing Safari privacy?

DMCA Muscle Strong-Arms DVD Copying

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Those awaiting a legitimate method to duplicate DVDs for personal use likely will have to wait even longer, perhaps forever, after RealNetworks tossed in the white towel and abandoned litigation toward that end. RealNetworks spent almost two years in a legal battle with the Motion Picture Association of America, which...
DMCA Muscle Strong-Arms DVD Copying

Google Now Under Formal Investigation In US, Europe For Cookiegate

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According to the Wall Street Journal, US and European regulators are now formally investigating the facts and circumstances behind “Cookiegate,” the circumvention of default privacy settings on the iPhone’s Safari browser by Google. When the practice was discovered or revealed in... Please visit Marketing Land for the full article....
Google Now Under Formal Investigation In US, Europe For Cookiegate

Sunday marks new era in cellphone carrier market power

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New cellphones purchased after this Saturday Jan. 25, 2013 can be unlocked only with the permission of the carrier; phones purchased before Sunday are exempt from this restriction and have been since 2006. Back in October, the U.S. Copyright Office filed a new decision on unlocked phones in the Federal...
Sunday marks new era in cellphone carrier market power

US, Europe investigate Google's bypass of Safari privacy settings

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The US Federal Trade Commission and European regulators have opened investigations into Google's recent circumvention of the default privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser. Privacy advocates asked the FTC to investigate last month after it was discovered that Google was using special code that served up advertising cookies to...
US, Europe investigate Google's bypass of Safari privacy settings

Unauthorized Unlocking of New Mobile Phones Set to Become Illegal in U.S.

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As noted by Tech News Daily, a new federal policy in the United States is set to go into effect this Saturday that will make it illegal for certain mobile phone owners to unlock their devices for use on other carriers unless specifically authorized by their carriers. The policy applies...
Unauthorized Unlocking of New Mobile Phones Set to Become Illegal in U.S.
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