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If The Internet Is Treated Just Like The Offline World, We'd Never Have Ridiculous Laws Like SOPA/PIPA

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One of the key talking points from the SOPA/PIPA supporters was this ridiculous claim that the internet shouldn't be "lawless." That was a laughable line, considering just how many laws have been passed already that directly impact the internet -- including many copyright laws specifically. For example the DMCA, the...
If The Internet Is Treated Just Like The Offline World, We'd Never Have Ridiculous Laws Like SOPA/PIPA

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

White House Petition Demands TPP Process Be Open & Transparent

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It seems that, with every issue that comes up around here, people are quickly putting together White House petitions on the White House's "We The People" site. The latest, in response to all of these stories about secrecy concerning the negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), is a petition...
White House Petition Demands TPP Process Be Open & Transparent

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

A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest Boards Out Of Fear

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A woman named Kristen decided to look into the legality of Pinterest.  After all, she's a lawyer with a passion for photography. What she found scared her so much, she shut down her Pinterest boards entirely. Kristen's investigation began after she saw photographers complaining about copyright violations on Facebook. ...
A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest Boards Out Of Fear

BuzzFeed Has A Pinteresting Predicament

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BuzzFeed is a great source for cute animals photos.  If you want to see the 25 happiest animals in the world or adorable pictures of rabbit bathtime, it's a must read. The Atlantic wondered where all of the troubled otters and pretentious horses come from after noting that only two...
BuzzFeed Has A Pinteresting Predicament

Did One-Sided Legal Advice Lead To The Terrible Copyright Deal For Canadian Universities?

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In the ongoing saga of collection society Access Copyright's negotiations with Canadian universities, one question comes up again and again: why? The Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario, and now the AUCC, which represents schools across the country, have all accepted terrible copyright clearance deals that see fees increasing when...
Did One-Sided Legal Advice Lead To The Terrible Copyright Deal For Canadian Universities?
Jury in Oracle vs. Google Set to Answer Tough Questions

Acta unlikely to be ratified in Europe, says Kroes

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Controversial anti-counterfeiting agreement stalls in face of protests as European commissioner says it is unlikely to passThe Acta treaty that has been the subject of street protests around Europe is unlikely to be ratified by the European Union, according to Neelie Kroes, the powerful European commissioner for telecoms and technology.Speaking...
Acta unlikely to be ratified in Europe, says Kroes

Tom Watson adds voice to campaign to stop Richard O'Dwyer extradition

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Labour MP joins Wikipedia founder in condemning extradition of Sheffield student to US for alleged copyright infringementLabour MP Tom Watson, who in his role on the culture and media select committee was one of the driving forces behind the investigation into phone hacking at News International, has spoken out against...
Tom Watson adds voice to campaign to stop Richard O'Dwyer extradition

New IP Watchlist Ranks Countries On How Well Their Copyright Laws Serve The Public

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We've written plenty about the absolutely ridiculous Special 301 Report put out each year by the USTR. It's a list that the US uses to name and shame countries that it considers "naughty" when it comes to not passing intellectual property laws that the US likes. Of course, there is...
New IP Watchlist Ranks Countries On How Well Their Copyright Laws Serve The Public

Pirate Party Wins Again In Germany

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It really appears that The Pirate Party is no fluke in Germany. After winning 9% of the vote in the Berlin parliament elections, and then 7.4% in Saarland, the party has now received 8.2% of the vote in Schleswig-Holstein. These are each local "state" elections, and there's another big one...
Pirate Party Wins Again In Germany

The Pirate Bay to defy crackdown

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Site says it will bypass attempts to shut it down with a more covert system for illicitly downloading films and musicThe Pirate Bay is planning to defy an international crackdown on filesharing websites after the high court in London signalled that the site should be blocked in the UK.The filesharing...
The Pirate Bay to defy crackdown

This book contains the first Google image result for every word in the dictionary

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Created by artists Felix Heyes and Ben West, Google – “a 1240 page behemoth of JPGs, GIFs and PNGs in alphabetical order,” as described by Creative Applications, is the kind of book that every geek should have on his or her coffee table. It’s a compilation of every single Google Image result for...
This book contains the first Google image result for every word in the dictionary

Senator Leahy Wants To Give At Least $5 Million To State Department To 'Combat Piracy'

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Last week, we wrote about a proposal in Congress to give ICE (part of Homeland Security) at least another $10 million for the next year to continue its program of censoring websites in the name of "stopping piracy." Of course, when Congress and Hollywood get together, they never put all...
Senator Leahy Wants To Give At Least $5 Million To State Department To 'Combat Piracy'

How Copyright Would Make The 'Singularity' Infringement If It Ever Arrived

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The folks at On the Media point us to a truly hilarious imagining by Tom Scott of what would happen after your physical body "died" in an age of both "The Singularity" and excessive copyright laws. For those unfamiliar with the concept of the singularity, it's a somewhat wacky attempt...
How Copyright Would Make The 'Singularity' Infringement If It Ever Arrived

Beastie Boy sued for sampling on day of death

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In a bitter coincidence, hip-hop great Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys was hit by a copyright lawsuit on the same day he passed away from cancer last week at the age of 47. The lawsuit, which names Yauch (aka MCA) and other members of the band, concerns short sound...
Beastie Boy sued for sampling on day of death

MIT Economist: Here's How Copyright Laws Impoverish Wikipedia

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Using a little-known copyright rule and a trove of baseball-related trivia, an MIT economist figured out how current copyright laws specifically affect one online community....
MIT Economist: Here's How Copyright Laws Impoverish Wikipedia

MegaUpload judge calls U.S. "the enemy"

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The New Zealand judge presiding over the MegaUpload case criticizes U.S. attempts to strengthen International copyright laws. [Read more]...
MegaUpload judge calls U.S. "the enemy"

As BPI Tries To Block The Pirate Bay From The UK, Dan Bull Explains Why Musicians Should Block BPI

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With Newzbin2 getting censored in the UK, BPI -- basically, the UK wing of the RIAA -- has been looking to have courts order many more sites blocked, with The Pirate Bay being target number one. Dan Bull, the UK-based musician who we've written about many times for his consistently...
As BPI Tries To Block The Pirate Bay From The UK, Dan Bull Explains Why Musicians Should Block BPI
"Six Strikes" Copyright Alert system names surprisingly good advisors

Copyright Enforcement Irony: Hip Hopper Lord Finesse Silences YouTube Rapper Dan Bull

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In an ironic twist, YouTube has honored a request by hip hop producer Lord Finesse to remove a video in which Dan Bull, a songwriter, rapper and YouTube satirist, criticized the producer's own copyright abuses.  The subject of Bull's video (no longer available on YouTube) was Lord Finesse's $10 million...
Copyright Enforcement Irony: Hip Hopper Lord Finesse Silences YouTube Rapper Dan Bull

Japan Criminalizes Unauthorized Downloads, Making DVD Backups -- And Maybe Watching YouTube

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There's a fairly constant pattern in the world of copyright enforcement. The media companies claim that piracy is "destroying" their industries, although they never offer any independent evidence to back this up. They "demand" that governments "do something" -- by which they mean introduce harsher penalties for unauthorized downloads. Because...
Japan Criminalizes Unauthorized Downloads, Making DVD Backups -- And Maybe Watching YouTube

British copyright law and internet realities

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Though British law is very clear on the illegality of copying media, the true barriers to wider piracy are technologicalCopying songs, films or images from the internet without permission is illegal under Britain's copyright laws, which would be draconian were it not for the fact that they are so frequently...
British copyright law and internet realities
In Massachusetts, tiny Pirate Party champions Internet freedom

Two Contradictory Paths In The UK When It Comes To Copyright Issues

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It's been a bit hard to understand what's been going on in the UK concerning copyright reform when we keep hearing two very contradictory messages. On one side, there's the ridiculous Digital Economy Act, which was proposed by the unelected, debated by the ignorant and voted on by the absent...
Two Contradictory Paths In The UK When It Comes To Copyright Issues

Despite Policy Changes, Pinterest Still Doesn't Comply With DMCA

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Despite changes over the weekend to is usage policies, Pinterest may still not be in compliance with the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, according to copyright attorney and blogger Connie Mableson. Pinterest said Amazon will be handling DMCA notices since Pinterest is hosted by the giant retailer. But Pinterest has still...
Despite Policy Changes, Pinterest Still Doesn't Comply With DMCA

Pinterest's Cofounder: We're Still Trying To Figure Out Copyright Laws

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Pinterest co-founder Ben Silbermann responded to a lawyer who removed some of her pinboards out of fear of copyright infringement. In a new blog post, the lawyer named "Kristen," said Silbermann was still trying to figure out an effective solution to avoid copyright infringement on the site. Silbermann said "some...
Pinterest's Cofounder: We're Still Trying To Figure Out Copyright Laws

Facebook Acquires Eye Tracking Startup GazeHawk For Talent

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Facebook has acquired eye tracking service GazeHawk for an undisclosed sum, according to Brian Krausz, co-founder of GazeHawk. Normally eye tracking technology requires special hardware, but GazeHawk only uses your web cam. Advertisers and others wanting to optimize their websites, can use the technology to see if anything caught your eye. The...
Facebook Acquires Eye Tracking Startup GazeHawk For Talent

Court: Embedding videos is not a crime

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Embedding an infringing video doesn’t violate copyright laws, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The court sided with the video bookmarking site myVidster, which had been sued by the gay porn production company Flava Works in 2010. Flava Works obtained a preliminary injunction against myVidster with a lower...
Court: Embedding videos is not a crime
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