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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

Bipartisan bill to re-legalize cellphone unlocking introduced in Senate

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We should have known that it wouldn't take long for someone in congress to take up the fight to re-legalize cellphone unlocking. Those championing the effort on the floor of the Senate are Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) , Richard Blumenthal (D-UT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) who introduced the Wireless Consumer...
Bipartisan bill to re-legalize cellphone unlocking introduced in Senate
PSA: unlocking your phone without carrier authorization is illegal starting tomorrow

Twitter's Transparency Report shows 6,646 copyright notices, 1,858 gov't info requests received in 2012

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Twitter, like most social networks, is often bombarded by governments interested in user information, usually for law enforcement purposes. Last July, Twitter released its first Transparency Report, covering from January through June 2012, to the public in an attempt to shine some light into these inquiries for not only user...
Twitter's Transparency Report shows 6,646 copyright notices, 1,858 gov't info requests received in 2012
Microsoft's DMCA copyright infringement notices are out of control
Geeks are from Mars, wonks are from Venus

AT&T: You Can Unlock Your Cellphone, Really

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AT&T is telling its customers that the "recent hullaballoo" over unlocking consumer devices is all just a lot of needless hand waving, and that its customers were never affected by recent interpretations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). According to AT&T, the issue of unlocking cell phones was never...
AT&T: You Can Unlock Your Cellphone, Really

White House Supports Cell Phone Unlocking, Big Victory For Tech Activism

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Today was a big day for grassroots consumer activism: the White House officially came out in support of cell phone unlocking. After over 100,000 netizens demanded a response from the Obama Administration related to a new law banning consumers from “unlocking” their cell phones to move between carriers, the White...
White House Supports Cell Phone Unlocking, Big Victory For Tech Activism

Judge reanimates Viacom's $1bn copyright suit against YouTube

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Earlier decision in YouTube's favour is reversed as appeals court says site may have had knowledge of copyright infringementYouTube executives must answer charges that they were aware of users posting copyrighted material to the Google-owned video site, a judge has ruled.The legal decision in New York is the latest chapter...
Judge reanimates Viacom's $1bn copyright suit against YouTube

Emboldened by Megaupload shutdown, Hollywood targets Hotfile

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Film studios are asking a US District Court for a summary judgment against Hotfile, saying the file sharing site's business model is identical to that of Megaupload, a site shut down by the US government in January due to repeated copyright infringement. "Hotfile's business model is indistinguishable from that...
Emboldened by Megaupload shutdown, Hollywood targets Hotfile
Twitter won't take down "giant food" photos, so artist sues

The Future of YouTube Marketing by Greg Jarboe – SES NY Interview

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Ignite had the benefit of interviewing Greg Jarboe recently and wanted to share his thoughts for our readers. Greg gave some really good advice for companies looking to engage in YouTube marketing  in 2012. You can find Greg speaking at this year’s SES NY and hear him speaking specifically on the YouTube Next Gen panel....
The Future of YouTube Marketing by Greg Jarboe – SES NY Interview
US Copyright Office says jailbreaking phones still legal, but tablets aren't included

Booting Up: Google Only Paid $1 for Fiber in Provo, Utah

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Look at all that spring-fed fiber in Provo. (Source: Flickr) All it took for Google to buy Provo, Utah’s fiber-optic network was a dollar. If only you had four quarters! [AP] Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that YouTube did not violate Viacom’s copyright–despite the fact that several of the company’s shows were being...
Booting Up: Google Only Paid $1 for Fiber in Provo, Utah

Twitter to withhold, not delete, infringing tweets under DMCA

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Twitter announced a change in the way that it processes tweets that are alleged to infringe copyright under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Rather than remove them outright, the company’s legal policy manager, Jeremy Kessel wrote early Saturday morning that the company will “withhold” offending tweets. “Twitter will respond to reports...
Twitter to withhold, not delete, infringing tweets under DMCA

What does the Librarian of Congress do?

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Agency leader's role is being scrutinized after the White House opposed his decision to make unlocking phones illegalIn the latest brouhaha over tech freedom, an unlikely villain has emerged. The fight to allow US mobile phone users the right to legally unlock their devices - which has pitted consumers against...
What does the Librarian of Congress do?

The White House Says They'd Love for You to Be Able to Unlock Your Phones So Take It Up With Congress

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Kid that better not be a jailbroken phone. (Photo: blogcdn.com) At the end of January, it became technically illegal for you to unlock your phone without your carrier’s permission, even if your contract had expired. The call was made by the Librarian of Congress, who (for some reason) oversees exceptions to...
The White House Says They'd Love for You to Be Able to Unlock Your Phones So Take It Up With Congress

Apple sued over deal locking iPhone to AT&T network

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Plaintiffs claim the company violated the Sherman Act and Digital Millennium Copyright Act by not obtaining customers' permission to have their iPhones locked to AT&T's network. [Read more]...
Apple sued over deal locking iPhone to AT&T network

Yup, Jailbreaking Your iPad Really Is Illegal

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Want to play old school Nintendo games on your iPad? Download Google Play apps from foreign countries to your Galaxy Tab? If so, you'll have to break the law. That's because under new rules issued by the U.S. government, jailbreaking (or in the case of Android, rooting) tablets becomes a...
Yup, Jailbreaking Your iPad Really Is Illegal

Google Removes BTJunkie From Search Results

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Like most torrent sites, Google is no stranger to removing “copyright infringing” listings from its search results. Following up on complaints from the Chinese government and of course copyright holders, the company has been censoring its search results for years. The filtering process is not automated and DMCA takedown requests...
Google Removes BTJunkie From Search Results

BUY PINTEREST NOW, GOOGLE (GOOG)

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Pinterest today is just like YouTube in 2006. By that, do we mean a fast-growing social-sharing property without a proven revenue model? No. We mean it's a massive lawsuit waiting to happen. Now that Pinterest has raised $100 million and is worth a notional $1.5 billion, it's painted a big,...
BUY PINTEREST NOW, GOOGLE (GOOG)

German court: YouTube must prevent upload of copyrighted content

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On Friday, the Hamburg State Court ruled that Google, YouTube’s corporate parent, will need to prevent users from posting copyrighted material without express consent. The suit was filed two years ago by GEMA, the German royalty agency, and other music rights groups, who alleged that the video-sharing site had...
German court: YouTube must prevent upload of copyrighted content

Winning But Losing: Lessons From An Internet StartUp

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"Justice prevails" is often declared when a court case ends, honoring a system that produces the right result. Right, however, is not always just. The judicial system needs to address the exorbitant costs that accompany litigation, or a situation can happen when a company is sued by a deeper pocket...
Winning But Losing: Lessons From An Internet StartUp

Napster For Pirated 3D Printing Templates?

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Buy it in a store, laser-scan it at home, upload it to the web, print it anywhere. 3D printing is poised for the mainstream, but what happens when one person’s finely hand-crafted designs can be pirated and reproduced by anyone? Will 3D-printing-piracy social networks arise? And how will manufacturers lobby...
Napster For Pirated 3D Printing Templates?

Copyright reformers pan weak legislation on cell phone unlocking

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A new bill to allow cell phone unlocking is getting low marks from reform groups and online activists. The legislation, introduced by Reps. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would tell the FCC to force cell phone companies to "permit the subscribers of such services,...
Copyright reformers pan weak legislation on cell phone unlocking

Rights groups praise change in Twitter takedown policy

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Twitter's new policy governing takedowns of tweets allegedly infringing on copyright material is being praised by Internet rights groups. "This is definitely a good development," says Sherwyn Siy, vice president for legal affairs for Public Knowledge in Washington, D.C. Under the new policy, Twitter will replace tweets challenged by...
Rights groups praise change in Twitter takedown policy

Twitter now posts takedown messages for tweets that violate copyrights

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Under a new policy, Twitter will leave a placeholder message when it removes content resulting from a complaint by a copyright holder. Previously, the content was removed entirely, making it more difficult for people to figure out why it disappeared. "In an effort to be as transparent as possible...
Twitter now posts takedown messages for tweets that violate copyrights
Stop innovating, please: Kaleidescape loses DVD ripping case

US performance rights body SoundExchange announces $1bn in digital royalty payments

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SoundExchange has announced a major milestone of $1 billion in digital royalty payments to recording artists and record labels since its inception in 2000. SoundExchange is the non-profit performance rights organization that represents the entire US recorded music industry. Prior to 1995, sound recording copyright owners (SRCO) in the US...
US performance rights body SoundExchange announces $1bn in digital royalty payments

Unauthorized Unlocking of New Mobile Phones Set to Become Illegal in U.S.

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As noted by Tech News Daily, a new federal policy in the United States is set to go into effect this Saturday that will make it illegal for certain mobile phone owners to unlock their devices for use on other carriers unless specifically authorized by their carriers. The policy applies...
Unauthorized Unlocking of New Mobile Phones Set to Become Illegal in U.S.
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