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Mike C's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Prenda, prenda, prenda... (hat tip to Jan Brady). What... you thought I'd lead with something else? Ohhhhh, fine! So here we are at the end of another week and what a week it was. We started off Monday with April Fool's Day and there were a couple of fools to...
Mike C's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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Taking the top spot in "insightful" comment voting was Bengie, responding to big broadband players in Kansas City demanding a "level playing field" against Google's fiber offering. Bengie points out what a real "level playing field" might look like: AT&T/TW/Comcast/etc have gotten about 1.2tril in grants and tax-breaks over the...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

Top Torrent Sites Respect Copyright Takedowns, Just Like Google

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Entertainment industry groups including the RIAA and MPAA view BitTorrent sites as a major threat. The owners of BitTorrent sites, however, believe they do nothing wrong. In fact, to the surprise of many copyright holders they are very responsive when they are asked to remove infringing links. While it’s common...
Top Torrent Sites Respect Copyright Takedowns, Just Like Google

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

Veoh Still Not Dead Enough For Universal Music; Asks Court To Rehear Case Yet Again

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I sometimes wonder about the lawyers representing the major labels, and their ability to continually bill those supposedly struggling labels top dollar in quixotic attempts to fight any and all innovation. We've written plenty of times about Universal Music Group's legal crusade against online video site Veoh. Veoh was a...
Veoh Still Not Dead Enough For Universal Music; Asks Court To Rehear Case Yet Again
Makers Of Firefly 'Fan-game' Abuse DMCA To Try To Silence Critic

No, A New SOPA Is Not Likely, But There's Still Plenty Of Damage That Can Be Done

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This isn't surprising, as we've been hearing the same thing for a while now, but those in Congress still remember the SOPA/PIPA protests and have no desire to go through that process again. Thus, don't expect a new SOPA/PIPA to show up in Congress any time soon. The article even...
No, A New SOPA Is Not Likely, But There's Still Plenty Of Damage That Can Be Done
U.S. No.1 in demanding data on Twitter users

Just Because A Banana Can Be Used To Rob A Bank, It Doesn't Mean We Ban Bananas

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We recently wrote about the RIAA's new war against software that can be used to record or download YouTube videos. As we noted, such software has substantial non-infringing uses, but the RIAA wants to ban it anyway. Michael Weinberg has a great response, in pointing out that just because something...
Just Because A Banana Can Be Used To Rob A Bank, It Doesn't Mean We Ban Bananas

Microsoft Kills Independent Website Due to Leaked Documents

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Due to DMCA complaints filed my Microsoft, whistleblower website Cryptome [link to a backup version of the site] has been disabled by its ISP, Network Solutions. The complaints were due to the fact that Cryptome published a 17-page Microsoft Global Criminal Spy Guide. Microsoft claimed copyright infringement; Cryptome's editor refused...
Microsoft Kills Independent Website Due to Leaked Documents
Insanity: Romney's Ad Featuring Obama Singing Al Green Shut Down Via Copyright Claim
Only Hollywood Would Think That This 'Disc To Digital' Program Makes Sense

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

Entertainment Industry Flips Out At The Good Parts Of Canada's New Copyright Law, Demands Changes Via TPP

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In discussing Canada's C-11 copyright reform, we noted that while we were troubled by the "digital locks" provision that mirrors the DMCA's ridiculous anti-circumvention rules, there was actually plenty of good things in the law, that other countries should take note of. Not surprisingly, the entertainment industry feels differently. With...
Entertainment Industry Flips Out At The Good Parts Of Canada's New Copyright Law, Demands Changes Via TPP
Twitter won't take down "giant food" photos, so artist sues

Help Us Expand The Insider Shop By Voting On Ideas For New Techdirt Gear

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We want to keep our Insider Shop stocked with an always-expanding selection of fresh Techdirt gear, so we've set up a Step2 thread for you to vote on product ideas and submit your own. Our Seized Tee and DMCA Tee have both been very popular, so we're definitely looking for...
Help Us Expand The Insider Shop By Voting On Ideas For New Techdirt Gear

Want to unlock your phone? Fix the DMCA

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commentary The anti-circumvention provision of the DMCA has been stifling research, slowing innovation, and annoying consumers for more than a decade. So why does it still exist? [Read more]...
Want to unlock your phone? Fix the DMCA

Breaking: Appeals Court Sends Viacom-YouTube Case Back To District Court, Future Of Safe Harbors Still Uncertain

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The original ruling in the Viacom vs. YouTube case was a complete and total victory for YouTube. The court effectively dumped the case at the summary judgment stage, correctly recognizing that YouTube qualified for the DMCA's safe harbors, and that Viacom was trying to change the clear definitions in those...
Breaking: Appeals Court Sends Viacom-YouTube Case Back To District Court, Future Of Safe Harbors Still Uncertain

Is 'Pirate DRM' Really the Best Response to Bulk DMCA Takedowns?

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The file-sharing world is a multi-headed beast but not just in the traditional ‘hydra’ sense. The most visible elements are the public torrent sites like The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents and any of the others from the current Top 10. Generally (censorship efforts aside) these sites can be accessed by just...
Is 'Pirate DRM' Really the Best Response to Bulk DMCA Takedowns?

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

Attorney Says Pinterest Needs To Change It Digital Copyright Policy

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Questions continue to mount about Pinterest's uneasy relationship with copyright law, with one attorney (and avid Pinterest user) saying the company needs to upgrade its Digital Millenium Copyright Act policies or risk being shut down. Connie Mableson, an attorney in Phoenix, offers a point-by-point breakdown of where Pinterest's DMCA policy...
Attorney Says Pinterest Needs To Change It Digital Copyright Policy

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)
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Less than 12k signatures needed before unlocking cell phone petition gets heard by the White House

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Supporters of legalizing unlocking cell phones are closer to getting their petition heard from the White House. With three days left, organizers need to gather just under 12,000 signatures in order to meet the 100,000 minimum as established by the Obama administration’s “We the People” system. The petition that supporters...
Less than 12k signatures needed before unlocking cell phone petition gets heard by the White House

YouTube defeats Viacom copyright lawsuit -- again

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For the second time in the past three years, judge rules YouTube is protected from liability for illegally uploaded videos by the DMCA's "safe harbor" provisions [Read more]...
YouTube defeats Viacom copyright lawsuit -- again

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

Appeal Over Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge Allowing Prenda To Get Info On Over 1,000 John Does Moves Forward

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You may recall Judge Beryl Howell, the former RIAA lobbyist who helped author the DMCA, and also went against a very large number of other judges dealing with copyright trolling lawsuits by ruling that it was perfectly fine to lump over 1,000 John Doe defendants into a single lawsuit and...
Appeal Over Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge Allowing Prenda To Get Info On Over 1,000 John Does Moves Forward

IsoHunt Wants Jury to Rule on Free Speech Issues in MPAA Case

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For more than seven years isoHunt and the MPAA have been battling in court, and it’s not over yet. In 2010 the District Court ordered the owner of isoHunt to start censoring the site’s search engine based on a list of thousands of keywords provided by the MPAA, or cease...
IsoHunt Wants Jury to Rule on Free Speech Issues in MPAA Case

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.

A Postgame On Canada's Copyright Reform

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On Monday, after multiple attempts over several years, Canada's House of Commons passed Bill C-11 (previously known by other names), a sweeping copyright reform bill. Senate approval is all but assured, and the bill is essentially certain to become law in the near future. Luckily, unlike SOPA/PIPA in the States,...
A Postgame On Canada's Copyright Reform
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