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Craig's Big Bluff

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Craigslist says it can use the classified ads written by its users as the basis for copyright lawsuits. The claim is a legal longshot at best and the latest act of aggression from a site once known for its idealism. In case anyone missed, Craigslist last month sued PadMapper, a...
Craig's Big Bluff

Sony BMG takes Beyonce's official YouTube channel down for "copyright infringement"

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Filed under: Business, Video, Commercial, Op-Ed In an act of corporate insanity that reminds me of military behavior as described in Catch 22, Sony BMG removed the videos from Beyonce's official YouTube channel for "copyright infringement." It is her channel, and she is their artist. This is awesome! I mean,...
Sony BMG takes Beyonce's official YouTube channel down for "copyright infringement"

YouTube loses music clip copyright battle in court

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German court rules that YouTube must take down copyrighted music clips - a move which could lead to royalty paymentsYouTube must take down copyrighted clips of music, a German court has ruled, in a move which could be a step towards forcing it to pay large sums in royalties.The move...
YouTube loses music clip copyright battle in court

The Cake Copyright Is A Lie; Safeway Just Doesn't Want To Be Mocked

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A few folks have sent in this story on the blog of the wonderful (and super popular) site Cake Wrecks, which (as the name suggests) highlights hilariously bad cake designs, supposedly done by "professionals." Not surprisingly, the site is well known among those who wield cake decorating bags. However, some...
The Cake Copyright Is A Lie; Safeway Just Doesn't Want To Be Mocked

Is Photographing A Meal 'Taking Intellectual Property Away' From A Chef?

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Via Rob Hyndman, we discover that at least one chef believes that taking photos of food he cooks, and then posting them on the internet, is "taking" his "intellectual property." We've discussed in the past how restaurants are yet another area where a lack of copyright protection has actually helped...
Is Photographing A Meal 'Taking Intellectual Property Away' From A Chef?

The Insanity Of Making A 'Wizard Of Oz' Film In Today's IP Climate

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It's always tough to root for the underdog when neither of the involved parties deserves that title. So, rather than pick one, we'll just discuss the overweening ridiculousness of copyright law. It's a subject that never goes out of style, thanks to our legislators' willingness to continually extend copyright...
The Insanity Of Making A 'Wizard Of Oz' Film In Today's IP Climate
Bloomberg has right to record earnings calls says judge

Copyright protection platform Myows rolls out new contract-generation and IP-detection features

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We briefly covered Myows back in September, in our 5 ways to protect your work online feature. Myows (a contraction of ‘My Original Works’) lets users register their copyrighted files online, and also provides guidelines on how to build a case against infringement of their work. It also makes contact with...
Copyright protection platform Myows rolls out new contract-generation and IP-detection features

The Insanity Of Making A 'Wizard Of Oz' Film In Today's IP Climate

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It's always tough to root for the underdog when neither of the involved parties deserves that title. So, rather than pick one, we'll just discuss the overweening ridiculousness of copyright law. It's a subject that never goes out of style, thanks to our legislators' willingness to continually extend copyright...
The Insanity Of Making A 'Wizard Of Oz' Film In Today's IP Climate
EU's top court: APIs can't be copyrighted, would "monopolise ideas"

ACTA Rapporteur's Recommendations: Reject Treaty, But Ask European Commission To Come Up With Replacement

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Last week, the EU Rapporteur on ACTA, David Martin, announced he would recommend that the European Parliament reject the treaty. He has now made good on that promise in his report, available in draft form (pdf): The intended benefits of this international agreement are far outweighed by the potential threats...
ACTA Rapporteur's Recommendations: Reject Treaty, But Ask European Commission To Come Up With Replacement

Jury Deliberates Oracle-Google Trial, The World Waits

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The jury in the Oracle-Google trial will begin its second day of deliberations today following a round of closing arguments by lawyers for both sides. From Oracle’s perspective, the basic question jurors will have to answer, as its lawyer Michael Jacobs put it, is whether it’s okay for one company...
Jury Deliberates Oracle-Google Trial, The World Waits

The UK govt. considers new blocking measures for websites that infringe copyright

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No sooner was SOPA effectively defeated in the US, European authorities kicked up a storm by signing up to the controversial ACTA agreement, which is a voluntary agreement between nations that covers a wide range of counterfeit goods, both physical and digital. It’s feared that the agreement would make Internet...
The UK govt. considers new blocking measures for websites that infringe copyright

Spanish Government Bows Down To US Pressures Again, Pushes SOPA-Like Law To Appease Hollywood

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While Spain actually has a fairly vibrant culture and entertainment industry, Hollywood has really had it in for the country for some time, in part because Spanish courts had a more evolved recognition of secondary liability protections, such that they ruled that linking is not infringement, and that neither was...
Spanish Government Bows Down To US Pressures Again, Pushes SOPA-Like Law To Appease Hollywood
Ustream's Automatic Copyright Protection Just Killed The Salesforce Keynote Stream

Can The Government Really Walk The Line Of Regulating The Internet Without Screwing It Up?

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Recently, when I wrote about new moves by the federal government to gain more regulatory control over the internet, I mentioned our discussion from a couple months ago of a presentation by Lawrence Strickling, the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (a division of the Department of Commerce),...
Can The Government Really Walk The Line Of Regulating The Internet Without Screwing It Up?

Copyright Ratchet In Action Again: UK Introduces Yet Another Unjustified Extension

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Until recently there has been an unchallenged assumption that the more copyright, the better. Although people have begun to realize that's not the case – and that extending copyright diminishes the public domain because we must all wait longer for works to enter it -- governments around the world continue...
Copyright Ratchet In Action Again: UK Introduces Yet Another Unjustified Extension

Copyright enforcement gone wrong: Universal takes down a song it doesn’t own

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Proactive copyright protection systems like YouTube’s ContentID are double-edged swords. On the one hand, they help large companies efficiently ensure that their copyrights are not infringed, which can be difficult with sites where anyone can upload content. On the other hand, they can give those with the right deals and...
Copyright enforcement gone wrong: Universal takes down a song it doesn’t own

Acta criticised after thousands protest in Europe

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Anti-counterfeiting treaty lacks balance, says European Parliament president, but publishers call for calm and reasoned assessment while thousands brave cold to marchThe European Parliament's president has criticised the international copyright treaty Acta, arguing that it lacks sufficient balance, after protests in cities across the continent by tens of thousands of...
Acta criticised after thousands protest in Europe

Why Using Creative Commons Licensed Materials Is Not As Easy As It Looks

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Creative Commons recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, with well-deserved praise for its work flooding in from around the world. There's no doubt it has played an important role in raising people's awareness of the problems with copyright, and in offering some alternative licenses that ameliorate some of its worst aspects....
Why Using Creative Commons Licensed Materials Is Not As Easy As It Looks

Zynga's Top Executive In New York Apologizes For Another Round Of Bad Publicity (ZNGA)

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Dan Porter, the former CEO of OMGPOP, now general manager of Zynga New York, apologized to his colleagues on Friday for saying that the company copied ideas for games. The company posted his email to the Zynga blog. "Zynga is often accused of copying games, which is mostly true," Porter...
Zynga's Top Executive In New York Apologizes For Another Round Of Bad Publicity (ZNGA)
Forget Hollywood — U.S. startups are in dire need of copyright protection

Economist: Copyright Is An Antiquated Relic That Has No Place In The Digital Age

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For many years I've been pointing out the basics of economics concerning concepts like "free" and the importance of marginal cost to pricing in an efficient market. After one such recent post, I got an angry email from a college professor who has worked in the entertainment industry for many...
Economist: Copyright Is An Antiquated Relic That Has No Place In The Digital Age

DOJ Lawyer Explores 'Copyright Freeconomics'; Suggests Copyright Needs To Change

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One of the more frustrating things about debates on copyright is how many more established lawyers in the government seem to refuse to recognize the reality of what's happening in the market and instead prefer to rely on disproved ideas such as that without strong copyright protection, we get less...
DOJ Lawyer Explores 'Copyright Freeconomics'; Suggests Copyright Needs To Change

Choose Your Own Hamlet Becomes The Largest Publishing Project On Kickstarter, Thanks To The Public Domain

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A Kickstarter project by Ryan North, called To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure, has become the most funded publishing project on Kickstarter ever, as it recently surpassed $400,000 (he was originally seeking $20,000). While we always love to see interesting and successful crowdfunding projects, this one...
Choose Your Own Hamlet Becomes The Largest Publishing Project On Kickstarter, Thanks To The Public Domain

The DoJ's e-Book Attack Solves Nothing

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The Department of Justice's (DoJ's) lawsuit against Apple and the major publishers over pricing may be a big win for Amazon, but is it really much of a win for Kindle owners? Ultimately, the suit may help Amazon shave a few bucks off of e-book prices, but it's doing...
The DoJ's e-Book Attack Solves Nothing

Sergey Brin’s Rant Against Government Forces Ruining the Internet Sure Is Well-Timed

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(twitter.com) What's the other half of Google's dynamic duo up to now that Larry Page is running the show? He's campaigning for the freedom of the internet -- just as his company faces an FCC fine. Sergey Brin tells the Guardian that, "very powerful forces that have lined up...
Sergey Brin’s Rant Against Government Forces Ruining the Internet Sure Is Well-Timed

Should Software Created By The Federal Gov't Be Open Source Licensed... Or Public Domain?

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Anil Dash recently alerted me to a White House petition to get "government-developed software" under an open source license for the sake of allowing others to build on it and approve it. Top Three Reasons to Mandate Open Sourcing of Custom Federal Software: Openness: Open Sourcing ensures basic fairness and...
Should Software Created By The Federal Gov't Be Open Source Licensed... Or Public Domain?
Tech Law: Oracle Fights for More Scraps in Battle Over Google Android
European Pirate Party shares copright reform alternative to ACTA
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