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Mediacom Disconnects and Bans Alleged Internet Pirates

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For nearly a decade copyright holders have been sending DMCA takedown notices to Internet providers. Some ISPs choose to ignore these letters, and others simply forward them to the appropriate subscriber and then that’s that. At least, for most Internet providers. Mediacom has a unique interpretation of their perceived obligations...
Mediacom Disconnects and Bans Alleged Internet Pirates

MPAA Freaks Out: Insists That Having To Consider Fair Use Before Filing A DMCA Takedown Would Be Crazy

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Oh, there goes the wacky lawyers at the MPAA again. Last week we noted that a key fight may be shaping up concerning the contours of Section 512(f) of the DMCA -- the clause that is supposed to allow people to fight back against bogus DMCA takedowns. The details of...
MPAA Freaks Out: Insists That Having To Consider Fair Use Before Filing A DMCA Takedown Would Be Crazy

How Much Does HBO Pay MarkMonitor To Send DMCA Notices Removing Its Official Content From Google?

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We've seen plenty of ridiculous stories about bogus DMCA takedowns, but none get so ridiculous as the ones in which the content being demanded taken down is the officially released content. This often happens because of shoddy / clueless middlemen, as is the case with the latest example being passed...
How Much Does HBO Pay MarkMonitor To Send DMCA Notices Removing Its Official Content From Google?

DMCA Copyright Takedowns To Google Increased 10x In Just The Past Six Months

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Back in May, we wrote about Google adding a section in its Transparency Report focused specifically on all of the DMCA copyright takedowns it receives. That tool has provided a bunch of interesting data and information, mainly highlighting abuses of the DMCA process. It also shows the scale of DMCA...
DMCA Copyright Takedowns To Google Increased 10x In Just The Past Six Months

Movie Studios Filing DMCA Takedowns Over DMCA Takedowns

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We've seen this in the past as well, but TorrentFreak has noticed that a number of movie studios have been sending Google DMCA takedown notices that reference earlier DMCA takedown notices now appearing on ChillingEffects.org. 20th Century Fox and NBC Universal appear to be the main culprits. While it is...
Movie Studios Filing DMCA Takedowns Over DMCA Takedowns

Filmmaker Behind The Pirate Bay Documentary Says Bogus DMCA Takedowns Take Away His Free Speech

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We just wrote about how major Hollywood studios had included links to the freely available, Creative Commons-licensed documentary, TPB AFK, in a bunch of bogus DMCA notices to Google, meaning that perfectly legitimate links were likely being removed. The director of that film, Simon Klose, has now responded with an...
Filmmaker Behind The Pirate Bay Documentary Says Bogus DMCA Takedowns Take Away His Free Speech

Paramount Censors Torrentz's Torrentless Homepage from Google

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Every week copyright holders send millions of DMCA takedown notices to Google, hoping to make pirated movies and music harder to find. Unfortunately not all of these notices are correct. Because of the high number of often automated notices, neither the copyright holder nor the recipient can check the validity...
Paramount Censors Torrentz's Torrentless Homepage from Google

Legit Ebook Lending Site Taken Down By An Angry Twitmob of Writers

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A bizarre thing happened late last week. A bunch of authors, playing Twitter telephone, managed to take down LendInk, a legitimate book lending site. (This "discussion" has spilled over to LendInk's Facebook page.) LendInk, a matchmaking site for Kindle and Nook users to "borrow" each other's titles, somehow found itself...
Legit Ebook Lending Site Taken Down By An Angry Twitmob of Writers

Hollywood Studios Send DMCA Takedowns Over Kim Dotcom's Mega Service

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Kim Dotcom launched his "Mega" service to great fanfare a few months back. Since then it hasn't really gotten much press coverage, but it appears that the Hollywood studios are looking to change that, sending DMCA takedown notices to Google to remove the Mega.com front page. You could understand it...
Hollywood Studios Send DMCA Takedowns Over Kim Dotcom's Mega Service

Dancing Baby Video Fight Heads Back To Court: Will A Bogus Takedown Finally Get Punished?

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Yesterday, our most popular post involved a story of a questionable DMCA takedown notice leading to the shutdown of 1.5 million sites. This was not a first. We've written numerous times about bogus DMCA notices and the damage they can cause by censoring works without an adversarial hearing first. And...
Dancing Baby Video Fight Heads Back To Court: Will A Bogus Takedown Finally Get Punished?

RIAA Can't Figure Out Google's Takedown Tools; Blames Google

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With the release of Google's copyright transparency report recently, which helped highlight some astoundingly stupid DMCA takedown notices -- including a few from the RIAA -- you just knew the RIAA would have to lash out in response. But the question was what angle would it take. Now we know:...
RIAA Can't Figure Out Google's Takedown Tools; Blames Google

Popular GameStick Project Briefly Deleted From Kickstarter Over DMCA Takedown

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A few months ago, we criticized Kickstarter for the way it handled DMCA notices -- basically just deleting the project entirely, without providing any additional info. There didn't appear to be a counternotice proposal or anything like that. That post actually resulted in a nice conversation with Kickstarter about ways...
Popular GameStick Project Briefly Deleted From Kickstarter Over DMCA Takedown

Putting Together A Database Of Bogus DMCA Takedowns

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Over the years, we've written many, many stories of completely bogus DMCA takedowns. It's a pretty common occurrence. Sometimes it's done accidentally by clueless bots (or clueless humans). Sometimes it's done maliciously. We just had a case that appeared especially egregious, involving a site copying another sites' articles, then claiming...
Putting Together A Database Of Bogus DMCA Takedowns

The Aftershock Of Stupidity: Lendink Reopens Only To Receive Trolling DMCA Notices

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It is easy at times to look at some of the stories of the misinformed or abusive on Techdirt, shake our heads at the stupidity of them, and then move on, assuming the issue is passed. This is a misunderstanding of how things work. Rather, when we take into account...
The Aftershock Of Stupidity: Lendink Reopens Only To Receive Trolling DMCA Notices

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
Microsoft Sends Google A DMCA Notice... To Block Microsoft's Bing Search Engine

BMG Demands $20 For Pirated Bruno Mars / Eminem Downloads

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Ok, so you’ve been caught downloading the latest hits from the Internet without placing money in the pockets of the record labels first, and – according to them – you need to be punished. In a nightmare scenario you could follow in the footsteps of Jammie Thomas by getting dragged...
BMG Demands $20 For Pirated Bruno Mars / Eminem Downloads
YouTube may escape Google's punishment for too many DMCA take-down

Verizon Asked to Share "Six Strikes" Alerts for BitTorrent Lawsuit

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After years of negotiating and planning the “six strikes” copyright alert system finally went live in February. While it’s not as draconian as similar systems in France and New Zealand, one of the concerns with the copyright alert system is that it requires Internet providers to keep a database of...
Verizon Asked to Share "Six Strikes" Alerts for BitTorrent Lawsuit

Warner Bros’ False Takedowns Stifle Free Speech, EFF Tells Court

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September last year the Florida-based file-hosting service Hotfile sued Warner Bros. for fraud and abuse. The file-hoster alleged that after giving Warner access to its systems, the studio wrongfully took down files including games demos and Open Source software without holding the copyrights to them. The false takedowns continued even...
Warner Bros’ False Takedowns Stifle Free Speech, EFF Tells Court

RIAA Still Can't Figure Out How To Use Google's DMCA Tools, Blames Google

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This will hardly comes as a surprise, but the RIAA and other "anti-piracy groups" are still complaining that Google "isn't doing enough" to prop up their old and obsolete business models. The latest complaint? That Google's system only accepts a mere 10,000 DMCA takedowns per day and somehow that's just...
RIAA Still Can't Figure Out How To Use Google's DMCA Tools, Blames Google

Key Techdirt SOPA/PIPA Post Censored By Bogus DMCA Takedown Notice

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We've talked a lot about how copyright law and the DMCA can be abused to take down legitimate, non-infringing content, interfering with one's free speech rights. And we're always brushed off by copyright maximalists, who insist that any complaints about taking down legitimate speech are overblown. So isn't it interesting...
Key Techdirt SOPA/PIPA Post Censored By Bogus DMCA Takedown Notice

Join The Club: Tumblr Is The Latest Company Sued By Perfect 10

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And here we go again. Perfect 10 likes to describe itself as a porn publisher, but it's become clear that it's real business seems to be about suing internet companies by claiming copyright infringement. It's sued all sorts of companies, using all kinds of bizarre legal arguments, many of which...
Join The Club: Tumblr Is The Latest Company Sued By Perfect 10

Copyright Troll Malibu Media Seeking 'Six Strikes' Info From Verizon In Lawsuit

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One of the many complaints about the "six strikes" Copyright Alert System (CAS) in the US is the fact that while it doesn't directly lead to litigation, there is nothing in the agreement that prevents copyright holders from seeking out and using information from the six strikes system in copyright...
Copyright Troll Malibu Media Seeking 'Six Strikes' Info From Verizon In Lawsuit

Twitter Sued For Failing To Take Down Images Following DMCA Notices

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We've pointed out in the past that Twitter has sometimes been overaggressive in suspending accounts based on questionable DMCA claims. So I was a bit surprised to learn that Twitter is being sued by a photographer for failing to take down images. The Jon Brodkin writeup at Ars Technica, linked...
Twitter Sued For Failing To Take Down Images Following DMCA Notices

DMCA: Horrors of a Broad and Automated Censorship Tool

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Earlier this week one of TorrentFreak’s articles was censored by Google on behalf of a copyright holder. The article in question was mysteriously flagged as being infringing by an automated DMCA takedown tool. An honest mistake according to the people who sent the notice, but one that doesn’t stand in...
DMCA: Horrors of a Broad and Automated Censorship Tool

LeakID And The DMCA Takedown Notice Farce

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The DMCA notice and takedown system was considered to be a significant concession on the part of the content industries when it debuted. Over the intervening years, it has become a very powerful weapon, one that is brandished carelessly by many copyright holders. In order to protect their safe harbors,...
LeakID And The DMCA Takedown Notice Farce

Google Relaxes DMCA Takedown Restrictions, Eyes Abuse

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In an effort to make piracy less visible copyright holders have been sending dozens of millions of takedown notices to Google over the past months. But they want more. One of the complaints often heard is that Google restricts the number of links that rights-holders can submit per day. Additionally...
Google Relaxes DMCA Takedown Restrictions, Eyes Abuse

Cox Targets Pirates With "10+ Strikes" Program

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With 3.5 million Internet subscribers Cox is one of the few large Internet providers in the U.S. that doesn’t participate in the Copyright Alert System. However, that doesn’t mean that the ISP is a safe haven for pirates, far from it. The provider has decided to stay on course and...
Cox Targets Pirates With "10+ Strikes" Program

Unfortunate: Kickstarter's Overaggressive Reaction To DMCA Notices

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Tim K alerts us to an interesting story at Wired concerning how Kickstarter handles DMCA takedown notices. The answer: not well. It seems to take DMCA notices at face value... and then immediately make the project disappear. It does not put up a notice that the project was taken down...
Unfortunate: Kickstarter's Overaggressive Reaction To DMCA Notices
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