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RIAA Totally Out Of Touch: Lashes Out At Google, Wikipedia And Everyone Who Protested SOPA/PIPA

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Remember all that talk of how the supporters of SOPA/PIPA were "humbled" by the protests of January 18th, and how they had learned their lessons about trying to push through a bill without actually involving the stakeholders? Remember the talk of how they hoped a new tone could be found...
RIAA Totally Out Of Touch: Lashes Out At Google, Wikipedia And Everyone Who Protested SOPA/PIPA

Enough, Already: The SOPA Debate Ignores How Much Copyright Protection We Already Have

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When it comes to copyright enforcement, American content companies are already armed to the teeth, yet they persist in using secretly negotiated trade agreements to further their agenda. In the past weeks, Americans have been realizing that the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) might not have been the Great...
Enough, Already: The SOPA Debate Ignores How Much Copyright Protection We Already Have

Romanian Prime Minister Admits He Has No Idea Why Romania Signed ACTA

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Here's a bizarre one. With Poland putting ACTA ratification on hold, and Slovenia apparently regretting its signature, now we've got Romania's Prime Minister, Emil Boc, admitting that he doesn't understand why the country signed ACTA. It appears that opposing politicians are criticizing the government and promising that they will suspend...
Romanian Prime Minister Admits He Has No Idea Why Romania Signed ACTA

Can porn be copyrighted? One file-sharing defendant says no

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The strange case of Hard Drive Productions versus "anyone that the video company's lawyers suspect of illegally downloading its pornographic movies" has taken a new and interesting twist. One of the nearly 1,500 "Does" being sued for allegedly sharing a Hard Drive film online has resorted to what seems,...
Can porn be copyrighted? One file-sharing defendant says no
Top EU court upholds right to resell downloaded software

Tell The White House To Stop Illegally Seizing & Shutting Down Websites

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While the public got reasonably upset about SOPA's overreach, and the possibility that it would be used to shut down websites with no due process, what they miss is that the federal government has been pretending that it already has that right under the last change to copyright law --...
Tell The White House To Stop Illegally Seizing & Shutting Down Websites

Would The US Extradite UK Blogger For Linking To Works In The Public Domain In Other Countries?

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James Firth has an interesting post, talking about some of the more ridiculous consequences of current US law enforcement interpretation of copyright law. Looking at the case of Richard O'Dwyer, the computer science student that the US is getting closer to extraditing to the US to face criminal copyright infringement...
Would The US Extradite UK Blogger For Linking To Works In The Public Domain In Other Countries?

Attorney Says Pinterest Needs To Change It Digital Copyright Policy

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Questions continue to mount about Pinterest's uneasy relationship with copyright law, with one attorney (and avid Pinterest user) saying the company needs to upgrade its Digital Millenium Copyright Act policies or risk being shut down. Connie Mableson, an attorney in Phoenix, offers a point-by-point breakdown of where Pinterest's DMCA policy...
Attorney Says Pinterest Needs To Change It Digital Copyright Policy

Court Orders ISP To Block Grooveshark

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Last year, a group of entertainment companies known collectively as RettighedsAlliancen sent a demand to the Danish Bailiff Court (known locally as Fogedretten) to have the country’s Internet service providers block US-based streaming music service Grooveshark. RettighedsAlliancen chief Maria Fredenslund said that Grooveshark had no content agreements or licenses with...
Court Orders ISP To Block Grooveshark

Copyright conundrum in Oracle-Google case: Is a computer language fair game?

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The final outcome of Oracle-Google trial will determine whether computer programming languages are subject to copyright law. [Read more]...
Copyright conundrum in Oracle-Google case: Is a computer language fair game?

The Biggest 'Pirates' And 'Freeloaders' Of Them All? College Professors And Librarians

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There's an interesting article over at Law.com highlighting just how many lawsuits there are in which college professors and librarians are fighting back against overly draconian copyright laws. Most of the cases they mention are ones we've discussed here, but it's a good article overall. It talks about the Georgia...
The Biggest 'Pirates' And 'Freeloaders' Of Them All? College Professors And Librarians

Game makers face uphill battle proving copyright infringement in court

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The idea of copying a successful game concept and profiting off of your own version is practically as old as the game industry itself—just look at the countless Pong clones released in the wake of the Atari original (which itself may have been copied from another source... but that's...
Game makers face uphill battle proving copyright infringement in court

Photographer Appeals Ruling Saying It's Not Infringement To Have Vaguely Similar Photos

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Last summer, we wrote about a simply ridiculous lawsuit from a photographer, Janine Gordon, against another photographer, Ryan McGinley, claiming copyright infringement for taking photos that were at best marginally similar. Seriously, the similarities between these photos is hard to see in most cases, and any claims of actual copying...
Photographer Appeals Ruling Saying It's Not Infringement To Have Vaguely Similar Photos

How The US Trade Rep Is Trying To Wipe Out Used Goods Sales With Secretive TPP Agreement

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For a while now, we've been covering the gradual legal assault on the First Sale doctrine and beyond. The First Sale doctrine, of course, is what lets you resell a legally purchased book without having to first obtain permission from the copyright holder. Of course, copyright holders generally hate the...
How The US Trade Rep Is Trying To Wipe Out Used Goods Sales With Secretive TPP Agreement

Why A Case Testing The Theory That Porn Cannot Be Covered By Copyright Could Be Important

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It really was just a few months ago, that we noted an interesting footnote in a legal ruling, in which a judge speculated briefly on the question of whether or not porn can be covered by copyright. There have been a few courts that have suggested, in fact, that pornography...
Why A Case Testing The Theory That Porn Cannot Be Covered By Copyright Could Be Important

Exclusive: Publisher sues Tumblr over porn pics

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It’s finally happened. In a case with big implications for the booming market in photo-sharing, a publisher is suing popular blogging site Tumblr for copyright infringement. In a complaint filed Friday in Manhattan, Perfect 10 claims Tumblr failed to remove unauthorized photos posted by its users. The company, which sells...
Exclusive: Publisher sues Tumblr over porn pics

Jury rules Google violated copyright law, Google moves for mistrial

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In what could be a major blow to Android, Google's mobile operating system, a San Francisco jury issued a verdict today that the company broke copyright laws when it used Java APIs to design the system. The ruling is a partial victory for Oracle, which accused Google of violating...
Jury rules Google violated copyright law, Google moves for mistrial

When The Kids Of Major Label Execs Get Accused Of Infringement...

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You may know the name Jimmy Iovine. He's the head of Interscope Records, one of Universal Music's most important subsidiaries (if not the most important one). Not surprisingly, Iovine has a bit of a history of being something of a copyright maximalist. A few years back, he specifically called out...
When The Kids Of Major Label Execs Get Accused Of Infringement...
Oracle thinks you can copyright a programming language, Google disagrees
Fair use gets stronger—thanks, "What What (In the Butt)"

APIs cannot be copyrighted, judge says, torpedoing Oracle case against Android

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Ruling by Judge William Alsup stymies Oracle's aim of winning billions of dollars against Google over mobile operating systemOracle's high-profile lawsuit against Google, in which it claimed that the search giant's Android mobile software infringed both copyrights and patents obtained from Sun Microsystems, is in tatters after the judge in...
APIs cannot be copyrighted, judge says, torpedoing Oracle case against Android
Pinterest's uneasy relationship with copyright law: what happens next

Everything Pinterest and Tumblr Users Need To Know About Copyright Law

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It's hard to write a story or post about Pinterest and copyright law without at least one reader leaving a comment along the lines of "What about Tumblr?" Indeed, comparisons between the two sites are fairly obvious: while Tumblr is more of a blog platform and Pinterest is more of...
Everything Pinterest and Tumblr Users Need To Know About Copyright Law

Paramount Thinks That Louis CK Making $1 Million In 12 Days Means He's Not Monetizing

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One of the more annoying things about debates on copyright law, is that when we talk about alternative business models that do not rely on copyright, some people feel the need to insist that this means making less money -- or, even, making no money at all. There is just...
Paramount Thinks That Louis CK Making $1 Million In 12 Days Means He's Not Monetizing

Supreme Court To Review If It's Legal To Resell A Book You Bought Abroad

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This isn't a huge surprise, but it's good to see that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear an important case regarding the first sale doctrine in copyright law, and whether or not it applies to products made outside the US. The specific case is one we've been covering, involving...
Supreme Court To Review If It's Legal To Resell A Book You Bought Abroad

Chris Dodd: The Internet Developed Because Of Strict Copyright Enforcement

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It's really quite amazing just how badly Chris Dodd still doesn't seem to get what happened in the SOPA/PIPA fight. Every time he opens his mouth to "explain" what happened, he just looks less and less and less aware of what actually happened. His latest discussion on the topic came...
Chris Dodd: The Internet Developed Because Of Strict Copyright Enforcement

ACTA Vote Tomorrow: Copyright Law Looks Dead, but It Won't Lie Down

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ACTA, the proposed European anti-counterfeit law, is up for vote in European Parliament tomorrow. After widespread protests in the wake of the defeat of SOPA and PIPA in the U.S., four of the major European parties now publicly oppose ACTA. But the largest, the conservative European People’s Party, is now...
ACTA Vote Tomorrow: Copyright Law Looks Dead, but It Won't Lie Down

Ireland Signs Controversial 'Irish SOPA' Into Law; Kicks Off New Censorship Regime

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Remember how EMI sued the Irish government for failing to pass a SOPA-like law that will force ISPs to act as copyright cops and censor and block access to websites that the entertainment industry doesn't like? Well, apparently, the end result is that the Irish government has now signed the...
Ireland Signs Controversial 'Irish SOPA' Into Law; Kicks Off New Censorship Regime

UK Entertainment Industry: Fair Use Hurts Economic Growth

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Just as we're seeing increased recognition about the importance of exceptions to copyright law in making sure that creativity can thrive, you have a bunch of the biggest copyright trade organizations in the UK putting out a document that completely trashes the notion of copyright exceptions. In a list of...
UK Entertainment Industry: Fair Use Hurts Economic Growth

Getting More People Aware Of The Problems Of Patents & Copyright: Reducing Social Distance

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Tim Lee has a great blog post over at Forbes in which he discusses the concept of "social distance" and how it relates to problems in patent and copyright law. The basic point: if you actually know people who are suffering from specific problems, you're much more willing to take...
Getting More People Aware Of The Problems Of Patents & Copyright: Reducing Social Distance
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