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Proposed Changes To UK Copyright Law Sensible But Require Gov't Request If You Want To Circumvent DRM

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Techdirt has been covering the UK's long-running saga of attempted copyright reform for some years. Most recently, we wondered whether even the Hargreaves Review's moderate suggestions would survive in the face of the usual frenzied lobbying from the copyright industry. Rather remarkably, they have, and the UK government has published...
Proposed Changes To UK Copyright Law Sensible But Require Gov't Request If You Want To Circumvent DRM

Bold plan: opening 1,000 MHz of federal spectrum to WiFi-style sharing

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Barack Obama meeting with the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. White House An advisory council to President Obama today said the US should identify 1,000 MHz of government-controlled spectrum, and share it with private industry to meet the country’s growing need for wireless broadband. The report...
Bold plan: opening 1,000 MHz of federal spectrum to WiFi-style sharing

GreenLight Music aims to be licensing giant for songs

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Better known for its photo service, Corbis has branched out into audio through GreenLight Music. The new site lets companies and individuals pay for rights to songs for commercial purposes, ranging from public presentations and videos to apps. Much as with the stock photography, songs can be tagged and searched...
GreenLight Music aims to be licensing giant for songs

EU warns Facebook its privacy changes are 'unacceptable'

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By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews An assembled group of telecommunications ministers from the European Union's member states, called the Article 29 Working Party, has warned Facebook that changes it recently made to its privacy policy to enable "Instant Personalization" -- also known as "Like" -- may be in violation...
EU warns Facebook its privacy changes are 'unacceptable'

Yes, A Domain Name Can Be Protected By The First Amendment

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A year and a half ago, we wrote about a lawsuit from a lawyer in Texas, John Gibson, who is an expert in workers' comp issues in the state. He -- quite reasonably -- set up a blog at the URL TexasWorkersCompLaw.com. Shouldn't be a big deal, right? Wrong. It...
Yes, A Domain Name Can Be Protected By The First Amendment

EU Parliament agrees to new law on orphan works

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The European Parliament on Thursday approved new uses for so-called orphan works. Parliamentarians voted in favor of a new directive that would allow public institutions, such as museums and libraries, to use photos, films or poems whose right holders cannot be found. Under the new rules, a work would...
EU Parliament agrees to new law on orphan works

PinDollars Brings Affiliate Links Back to Pinterest -- But Gives Money Directly to Pinners

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Here’s a little hack meant to nudge Pinterest into sharing revenue with its curators. PinDollars is a substitute for Pinterest’s bookmarklet that scans pinned items and attaches affiliate links to related products when appropriate. In a bit of an ironic twist, the affiliate links are managed by Skimlinks, a service...
PinDollars Brings Affiliate Links Back to Pinterest -- But Gives Money Directly to Pinners

iPhone 5: Customers in the Big Apple camp out 8 days early

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By Sunday there were 7 in the queue -- each of them for commercial purposes FORTUNE -- In the popular imagination -- and in Samsung TV ads -- the people willing to wait in line for days to buy the newest Apple (AAPL) gewgaw are hopeless fanboys and fangirls who...
iPhone 5: Customers in the Big Apple camp out 8 days early

Physicists explain quantum computing (in song)

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In March, the multinational corporation Lockheed Martin announced it would become the first company to use a quantum computer for commercial purposes. Then a couple weeks ago, the makers of Lockheed’s device, Vancouver’s D-Wave, landed another big customer: Google (observers put the purchase price at around $15 million). Finally, for...
Physicists explain quantum computing (in song)

Pinfluencer Gets Around the Pinterest Analytics Problem

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Pinterest, as I’ve written before, hasn’t been particularly friendly to people who try to harness its site for commercial purposes. The site flags short URLs and strips tracking codes, both of which are standard practice for brands in social media. The prevailing assumption is that Pinterest will later introduce its...
Pinfluencer Gets Around the Pinterest Analytics Problem
Bloomberg has right to record earnings calls says judge

Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo

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Really bad business plans 101 A French company trying to trademark the Anonymous logo and slogan for commercial purposes has inspired an angry response from a team claiming to be affiliated with the hacking group.......
Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo
Microsoft backs privacy bill in effort to keep Google Apps out of the classroom

Google Asks Germans To Protest 'Pay To Link' Proposal As It Comes Close To Becoming Law

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For a few years now, we've been following attempts in Germany -- mainly driven by newspaper publishers -- to create a bizarre new copyright-like right (specifically a "neighbor right") in "linking" such that a site like Google would have to pay sites that it links to. The bizarre and nonsensical...
Google Asks Germans To Protest 'Pay To Link' Proposal As It Comes Close To Becoming Law

Congress to Hold Hearing on Location Data and Privacy: Today's Top Stories on Geolocation

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Geolocation is quickly emerging as a big new platform to build all kinds of cool services on top of. While there's a whole lot of potential - there's also growing concern about the privacy implications of this flush of data about where we are. Thus it's timely that a committee...
Congress to Hold Hearing on Location Data and Privacy: Today's Top Stories on Geolocation
Why You Can't Have A Tacocopter Drone Deliver You A Taco For Lunch Today

UK offers long-awaited copyright reform that sanctions format shifting, remote education

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Believe it or not, it's still illegal in the UK to rip a favorite CD, or even to show copyrighted work in distance education -- both fair use permissions that many North Americans take for granted. Some sense is at last coming around now that the Intellectual Property Office...
UK offers long-awaited copyright reform that sanctions format shifting, remote education

Irish Newspapers Mine Links For Revenue

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Who owns the links we click and embed? Should the original creator of that content be paid when that material is shared online, even with just links? Across the pond in Ireland, newspapers are wresting with this issue as they attempt to charge third parties for linking and displaying the paper's...
Irish Newspapers Mine Links For Revenue

Why Instagram's Fine Print Stands Out

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The current flap over Instagram's new terms-of-service agreement, which appears to give the company wider powers to re-use its customers photographs for its own commercial purposes, comes as the privacy policies of more internet companies are put under intense scrutiny....
Why Instagram's Fine Print Stands Out

Google launches "Defend Your Net" campaign in Germany to protest against planned copyright restrictions

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For Google, what is happening in Germany right now is a very big issue. If the German Bundestag (government) gets its way, the search giant could be forced to remove publisher content and made to pay for the snippets it displays in search results. Recognising that its German users may find...
Google launches "Defend Your Net" campaign in Germany to protest against planned copyright restrictions

Wikimedia releases anonymous search log files for Wikipedia

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Wikimedia today announced it is making anonymous search log files for Wikipedia (and its sister projects) available for the first time, under a CC0 1.0 Universal license. This means that you can copy, modify, distribute, and perform work on the data, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission (Wikimedia...
Wikimedia releases anonymous search log files for Wikipedia

Twitter's Entire Archive Headed to the Library of Congress

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Shared by Viki Woah, We know Twitter is mainstream, but this is something else!! Great achievement for Twitter. But for now there are more questions than answers with regards to this Library of Congress Twitter news. -Will the archive include friend/follower connection data? -Will it be usable for commercial purposes?...
Twitter's Entire Archive Headed to the Library of Congress

UK Supreme Court Says Unauthorized Browsing Of Copyright Material Online Is OK, But Asks European Court Of Justice Just In Case

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The lawsuits brought against the media monitoring firm Meltwater in both the US and the UK have not turned out too well for the company so far. In the US, the district court handed down a summary judgment against Meltwater, while in the UK, two courts came to a...
UK Supreme Court Says Unauthorized Browsing Of Copyright Material Online Is OK, But Asks European Court Of Justice Just In Case

London Olympics To Visitors: Don’t Share What You See

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Don’t copy that pole vault! According to the London 2012 Olympic “conditions for ticket holders,” you are not allowed to take pictures or video of the events nor are you allowed to “exploit” any video on social networks. Images, video and sound recordings of the Games taken by a Ticket...
London Olympics To Visitors: Don’t Share What You See

Award-Winning Manga Author Opens Up His Work To Be Used By 'Anyone, Anywhere, For Anything,' Royalty-Free

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There's a rhetorical question that often gets thrown our way here at Techdirt: "If you remove the protection of copyright, how are artists supposed to make a living?" Despite many, many answers having been given, the question persists. Here's another look at a possible answer in progress. Via Plagiarism Today...
Award-Winning Manga Author Opens Up His Work To Be Used By 'Anyone, Anywhere, For Anything,' Royalty-Free

Is The Tide Turning On Bad Copyright Laws?

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The Economist has an interesting article suggesting that perhaps the tide is finally turning on bad copyright laws, and we're beginning to see real efforts at reforming copyright in the right direction: Canada passed a law in June that sets a new standard of permissiveness. It caps statutory damages if...
Is The Tide Turning On Bad Copyright Laws?

USTR Special 301 Report Doesn't Even Mention Germany Trampling Fair Use

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Last week, when the USTR's infamous Special 301 Report (pdf) came out, one of the things that I was most interested in was how the USTR would treat Germany. After all, back at the beginning of March, Germany's lower house, the Bundestag, passed a somewhat watered-down, but still troubling, bill...
USTR Special 301 Report Doesn't Even Mention Germany Trampling Fair Use
Robot book scanner perfectly captures 250 pages every minute
Whoops: Google reveals it didn't delete all of its Street View Wi-Fi data

The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture

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jrepin writes in to recommend a piece by Eugenia from OSNews, which explores the depths of the MPEG-LA's lock on video. One part of the problem is that almost all video cameras, including ones costing over $12,000, declare in their manuals that they are for "personal use and non-commercial" purposes...
The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture
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