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Unlocking new phones now banned under DMCA, but carriers are in the clear

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It was great while it lasted, but the days of users legally unlocking their own phones is over. Back in October of last year, the Library of Congress added an exemption to the DMCA to allow folks to free their new phones for 90 days. That three month window...
Unlocking new phones now banned under DMCA, but carriers are in the clear

Why Does The Entertainment Industry Insist That It Can Veto Any Innovation It Doesn't Like?

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For years, we've seen that the entertainment industry honestly seems to think that it has the right to veto and kill off any new technology that doesn't fit into its own business model plans. Of course, they've had some support in this from copyright maximalists, like former head of the...
Why Does The Entertainment Industry Insist That It Can Veto Any Innovation It Doesn't Like?

Copyright Office Seeks Help In Fixing The Culture-Stifling Copyright Records Problem

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Last month, I wrote about the damage to the public domain caused by the difficulty of accessing older copyright registration records. Since much of the information is not digitized and locked up in books and card catalogs in Washington, countless works that have lapsed into the public domain are treated...
Copyright Office Seeks Help In Fixing The Culture-Stifling Copyright Records Problem

How Does Fair Use Fit Into The Critique Of Copyright?

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Here is Part II of our excerpt from Chapter 1 of Reframing Fair Use by Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, which is our May selection for the Techdirt Book Club. You can read Part I here. We'll have another excerpt soon, and will be scheduling the author chat in the...
How Does Fair Use Fit Into The Critique Of Copyright?

Panama Considering Legislation That Allows The Copyright Office To Pursue Filesharers Directly -- And Keep All The Fines

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From SOPA/PIPA to the Digital Economy Act to ACTA to the DMCA, there's no shortage of bad legislation built to serve various copyright-driven industries. But just when you thought you'd seen the very edge of how far legislators were willing to go, someone comes along and tops it. Technollama brings...
Panama Considering Legislation That Allows The Copyright Office To Pursue Filesharers Directly -- And Keep All The Fines

Tell The USTR To Stop Being A Pawn Of Hollywood Lobbyists

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Every year, the USTR puts out its infamously laughable Special 301 report (as I've pointed out in the past, I've seen people in the ideologically-aligned US Copyright Office mock the Special 301 report openly -- showing that even those who support it know that it's ridiculous). The way it works...
Tell The USTR To Stop Being A Pawn Of Hollywood Lobbyists

Is Neelie Kroes Implicitly Calling For Your Assistance For Copyright Reform?

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Neelie Kroes, the Vice President of the European Commission and politician in charge of the Digital Agenda, announced the impressive ambitions of the EU to support the ongoing technology revolution in a recent speech in Brussels. Repeatedly, she calls for radical reform of policy and public R&D investment. The speech...
Is Neelie Kroes Implicitly Calling For Your Assistance For Copyright Reform?

Brazil decides "iphone" trademark doesn't belong to Apple

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Apple is fighting back against its Brazilian trademark loss over the "iphone" name. The company filed an appeal following Wednesday's decision by Brazil's copyright office, the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), which awarded the "iphone" trademark to a company named Gradiente Eletronica SA. As noted by Reuters, Gradiente...
Brazil decides "iphone" trademark doesn't belong to Apple
EA And Zynga Have Given Up On A Pointless Lawsuit Over A Dead Game (ERTS, ZNGA)

Judge tosses Google's challenge to Oracle's registration and ownership of copyright in Java APIs

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Wednesday provided a couple of useful clarifications in Oracle v. Google. In the morning, the parties stipulated to a course of action regarding copyright damages that was immediately approved by Judge William Alsup and essentially amounts to what Oracle wanted: a postponement of copyright damages until after the issue of...
Judge tosses Google's challenge to Oracle's registration and ownership of copyright in Java APIs

EFF clarifies (somewhat) legality of unlocking and jailbreaking in the U.S.

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With a likely new iPhone jailbreak coming this Superbowl Sunday and unlocking phones’ DMCA exemption expiring this weekend, a lot of us don’t know where they stand with regard to the law. If you are in Canada for example, the government is moving towards passing laws that require carriers to...
EFF clarifies (somewhat) legality of unlocking and jailbreaking in the U.S.

Bob Goodlatte Calls For Copyright Reform, Leaves Specifics To The Imagination

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In a press release issued today, Rep. Bob Goodlatte made a call for comprehensive copyright reform and announced series of hearings on copyright before the House Judiciary Committee. Of course, this isn't the first indication that Congress is interested in copyright reform -- they heard Maria Pallante's testimony, which...
Bob Goodlatte Calls For Copyright Reform, Leaves Specifics To The Imagination

Denmark Ditches Warning Letters, Launches Soft War On Piracy

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Today, Danish Minister of Culture Uffe Elbæk announced the death of Scandinavian-flavored 3 strikes plans that would force ISPs to issue warning letters to users suspected of copyright infringement. Instead he introduces eight new initiatives aiming at "strengthening the development of legal services" and "motivating users to go for legal...
Denmark Ditches Warning Letters, Launches Soft War On Piracy

Court Says You Can't Innovate If It Would Negatively Impact NBC's Business Model

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While there's been a fair amount of focus lately on the legal status of Aereo, the company offering broadcast TV over the internet by setting up a bunch of individual antennas and letting people access them online, there's also the ivi case. ivi, if you don't remember, offered what sounds...
Court Says You Can't Innovate If It Would Negatively Impact NBC's Business Model

Copyright Office Boss Admits Copyright Law Is Broken And Needs A Rethink... But Still Focused On Bad Ideas

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We posted one short post about a key comment from Register of Copyright, Maria Pallante, suggesting that the focus of copyright law should be on large scale piracy, rather than the teenager downloading at home. Many in our comments rightfully cheered on this line, but as the hearing is concluding...
Copyright Office Boss Admits Copyright Law Is Broken And Needs A Rethink... But Still Focused On Bad Ideas

Faulkner Estate Sues Sony Pictures Because Owen Wilson Quoted Nine Words (Incorrectly)

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Wow. We've heard about all sorts of crazy copyright lawsuits, but every so often you get one that just makes you sit back and wonder at the amazing chutzpah it must have taken for a lawyer to actually go forward and file a case. This is one of those times....
Faulkner Estate Sues Sony Pictures Because Owen Wilson Quoted Nine Words (Incorrectly)

How Can You Be Register Of Copyrights If You Don't Even Understand Copyright's Most Basic Purpose?

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Maria Pallante, who's only been the US Register of Copyrights for a short while, but has worked in the Copyright Office for some time, has apparently decided that she's going to step up publicly as the copyright-maximalist-in-chief. In two recent talks, she has made it clear that she despises those...
How Can You Be Register Of Copyrights If You Don't Even Understand Copyright's Most Basic Purpose?
White House Petition Lobbies to Make Cell Phone Unlocking Legal

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

Judge chucks most lawyers’ claims against Westlaw, Lexis

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Lawyers suing lawyers is always a good time. This time around, it’s a copyright class action in which lawyers are trying to get legal research giants to pay for using their legal briefs without permission. This week, a federal judge in New York turfed the bulk of the lawsuit against...
Judge chucks most lawyers’ claims against Westlaw, Lexis
Head of US Copyright Office wants to shorten terms, just barely

Report: Apple loses iPhone trademark in Brazil

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According to reports, Brazil's copyright office will prevent Apple from marketing the iPhone trademark in the Latin America country. The Brazilian courts have awarded the trademark to Gradiente Eletronica SA, a local electronics maker who registered the name in 1998, nine years prior to Apple's launch. Owing to some technical...
Report: Apple loses iPhone trademark in Brazil

Judge plans to inform jury that structure, sequence and organization of Java APIs are copyrightable

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Late on Wednesday by local time, Oracle and Google made a handful of filings, all of which relate to how the jury will be instructed with respect to the copyright questions it will get to decide next week.Both parties commented on a draft verdict form. Oracle wants each of the...
Judge plans to inform jury that structure, sequence and organization of Java APIs are copyrightable

Rep. Zoe Lofgren Quizzes US Register Of Copyrights Over Close Connection To Industry

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We've expressed significant concerns about the Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante, and her statements that copyright is for the author first. This isn't the first time we've had concerns about Pallante, who also strongly supported SOPA and testified at the House Judiciary Committee hearing in favor of SOPA. Usually, the...
Rep. Zoe Lofgren Quizzes US Register Of Copyrights Over Close Connection To Industry

Panama's Government One Step Away From Passing The 'Worst Copyright Law In History'

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It looks as if Panama is set to pass what Andres Guadamuz (Technollama) called the "worst copyright law in history." The 510 Bill grants the Panamanian copyright office the right to pursue filesharers directly and fine them up to $100,000 USD EACH with the money flowing directly back into the...
Panama's Government One Step Away From Passing The 'Worst Copyright Law In History'

India's copyright proposals are un-American (and that's bad)

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India's copyright office website is "best viewed in 1024 x 768 true colors, Internet Explorer version 6.0 or above." That might sound a bit dated, but it has nothing on the country's copyright law, which was last overhauled completely in 1957. Although it was updated five times in the...
India's copyright proposals are un-American (and that's bad)
DVD Association says taping DVDs with smartphones is good enough for educational use

The New Imperialism: Forcing Morality Shifts And Cultural Change Through Exported IP Laws

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As could probably be expected after its quick trip through the Congress, Panama's 510 Bill became law last Friday, granting its Copyright Office unprecedented power to pursue filesharers directly. But this is only one of several problems with the 510 Bill. The bill goes further than any US law, extending...
The New Imperialism: Forcing Morality Shifts And Cultural Change Through Exported IP Laws

Copyright Boss: 'It's Great Mechanics Now Need To Know About Copyright'

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The Copyright Office continues to show that it is completely out of touch and tone deaf to the mess that copyright laws create today. We've talked a few times about how abuses of copyright law have created messes for industries that you might think would never have to deal with...
Copyright Boss: 'It's Great Mechanics Now Need To Know About Copyright'

Rep. Darrell Issa Wants To Make It Clear That You're Allowed To Rip Your DVDs

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Back in October, we noted that in the latest triennial DMCA exemption review, the Copyright Office/Librarian of Congress refused to say it was legal for you to rip your own legally purchased DVDs so that you could watch them on a computer or tablet. That seems fairly ridiculous, especially given...
Rep. Darrell Issa Wants To Make It Clear That You're Allowed To Rip Your DVDs
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