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50 Cent Sued Over Infringing Sample; When Will Hip-Hop's Stars Speak Up About Copyright?

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The folks at dajaz1, who know better than anyone how copyright stifles culture and free speech, send in the news that Robert Poindexter of The Persuaders is suing 50 Cent for copyright infringement over a sample on a free album he released in 2009. This is likely to end in...
50 Cent Sued Over Infringing Sample; When Will Hip-Hop's Stars Speak Up About Copyright?

Who can shut down cell phone service? FCC seeks public comment

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The FCC is calling for public comment on the legality of the San Francisco transit agency's interruption of cellular service in August 2011. Bay Area Rapid Transit had shut off cell phone service in its tunnels, anticipating a cell-phone-coordinated protest of the fatal shooting of passengers by the transit...
Who can shut down cell phone service? FCC seeks public comment

US fails to shield Google, Facebook from ITU process

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Nations gathered in Dubai to discuss revising the world's telecommunications regulations have reacted cooly to a proposal, put forward by the United States and Canada, to limit the scope of deliberations. American negotiators had proposed that this week's deliberations at the World Conference on International Telecommunications be limited to...
US fails to shield Google, Facebook from ITU process

Exxon Hates Free Speech

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The EFF alerts us to the news that oil giant Exxon hasn't quite figured out how this whole internet thing works, and is trying to stop TV stations from running a satirical ad mocking Exxon by claiming that Exxon Hates Your Children. It's completely over the top, not unlike the...
Exxon Hates Free Speech

When American and European Ideas of Privacy Collide

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An Italian ruling against Google highlights the clash between Europe’s love of privacy and America’s of free speech....
When American and European Ideas of Privacy Collide

Canadian Court Issues Triple-Whammy Ruling In Favor Of Free Speech And Commentary Online

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Close on the heels of Canada's recent copyright reform bill (which despite significant problems also contains some fantastic language that carves out important new exceptions to copyright) the Federal Court of Canada has issued a significant ruling that answers some key questions about copyright online. The decision is in a...
Canadian Court Issues Triple-Whammy Ruling In Favor Of Free Speech And Commentary Online

Internet freedom remains US priority at UN conference

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The U.S. delegation to an upcoming United Nations telecom treaty-writing conference will not budge on its positions advocating free speech online and opposing broad new regulations for the Internet, the leader of the delegation said. The U.S. delegation wants a successful World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), said Terry...
Internet freedom remains US priority at UN conference

Reddit, freedom of speech and the dark side of community

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Unless you spend a lot of time on Reddit, the discussion-forum community that more or less took over after Digg sank beneath the waves, you may have missed the latest storm of controversy over content posted on the site’s various “sub-Reddits” or topic pages. Although Reddit has played host to...
Reddit, freedom of speech and the dark side of community

Federal Appeals Court To Decide If Facebook "Likes" Are Protected Speech

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Facebook attorneys told a federal appeals court Thursday that “likes” deserve free-speech protection, and anything less would “would result in chilling the very valued means for communication the Internet has made possible.” As Bloomberg reports, the argument is part of a... Please visit Marketing Land for the full article....
Federal Appeals Court To Decide If Facebook "Likes" Are Protected Speech

Britain won't be the only country snooping on people's internet use

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If the government gets its way and starts monitoring what you're emailing, it will join a list of countries with a draconian approach to the internetBig brother is eyeing your inbox. Under new government plans, the police and security services could soon have the right to monitor who you're emailing,...
Britain won't be the only country snooping on people's internet use

Reddit Writes A Law: First Draft Of The Free Internet Act Emerges

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As we noted last month, the community at Reddit responded to the whole SOPA mess by deciding that they should collaborate to write their own piece of legislation that protects internet freedoms. The first draft of the Free Internet Act is now available as an open Google doc, where there...
Reddit Writes A Law: First Draft Of The Free Internet Act Emerges

The Slippery Definition of Hate Speech: Google's Great YouTube Hypocrisy

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Google announced it would not take down a video trailer that mocks Islam’s prophet, portraying Muhammad as a juvenile, oversexed buffoon. This video, titled “Innocence of Muslims,” has led to a rash of escalating protests across the Middle East and may have contributed to the murder of four Americans...
The Slippery Definition of Hate Speech: Google's Great YouTube Hypocrisy

The UN calls for individuals to have the same rights online as off

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Today, in a vote of the Human Rights Council, the United Nations passed a resolution that calls for individuals to have the same rights online as off. The resolution could have a lasting impact on how the Internet is controlled, and censored, the world around. As quoted by RawStory, the...
The UN calls for individuals to have the same rights online as off
Meet the 'Deciders,' the gatekeepers of free speech on the internet

When Your Boss DOES Have the Right to Your Facebook Password

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The kerfuffle over employers asking for the passwords to workers' and candidates' private social media accounts just won't go away. While it's not clear exactly how widespread this practice is, lawmakers around the country are already drafting bills that would outlaw requiring facebook logins. Many people clearly find the very...
When Your Boss DOES Have the Right to Your Facebook Password

Web companies beg Congress to “step back” from IP legislation

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Hoping to amplify the voice of the Internet, web companies including Mozilla, Reddit, and WordPress have banded with public interest and human rights groups to urge Congress to stop its work on intellectual property laws. Monday, more than 70 organizations signed an open letter addressed to House of Representatives and...
Web companies beg Congress to “step back” from IP legislation

Reddit CEO in Memo Leaked to Gawker: 'We are Not Going to Ban Distasteful Subreddits'

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(Photo: Reddit) As the story of notorious Reddit user Violentacrez and the controversial subreddits he moderated sinks its tentacles into the greater Internet, Reddit administrators–known for their laissez-faire attitude about site moderation–have remained astonishingly mum. In conversations with Betabeat, Reddit general manager Erik Martin gave little indication as to how Reddit...
Reddit CEO in Memo Leaked to Gawker: 'We are Not Going to Ban Distasteful Subreddits'

Bohemian Rhapsody Video Taken Down Again, This Time By The Drunk Guy Himself

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Well, this is a fun twist. We just wrote about the story of now-world-famous drunk guy Robert Wilkinson, his poor Freddy Mercury impersonation, and the resulting takedown and reinstatement of the video by EMI. Now a commenter points us to the fact that the video has been taken down again,...
Bohemian Rhapsody Video Taken Down Again, This Time By The Drunk Guy Himself

Yelp Reviewer Gets SLAPPed With 750K Lawsuit and Takedown Order

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A woman is facing a $750,000 defamation lawsuit and has been ordered to take down a negative Yelp review of a home contractor, after police found no evidence for the women’s allegations of shoddy workmanship and jewelry theft. Dietz Development is claiming that Jane Perez’s scathing review has cost them new...
Yelp Reviewer Gets SLAPPed With 750K Lawsuit and Takedown Order

Businesses Are Suing Customers For Writing Bad Yelp Reviews

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While Yelp, Angie's List and Trip Advisor were once seen as outlets for everyday consumers to talk about their experiences, there are a growing number of defamation suits resulting from bad reviews. "The reputations of restaurants, nail salons, dry cleaners and other businesses can be made or shredded in a...
Businesses Are Suing Customers For Writing Bad Yelp Reviews

French Jewish Students Union demands Twitter hand over identities of those behind anti-Semitic tweets

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French Jewish Students Union UEJF has filed summons against Twitter, asking the startup to hand over identities of users who posted anti-Semitic and racist tweets last October, France Info reports. As you may remember, user-generated hashtag #unbonjuif (#agoodJew in French) had generated a flurry of tweets that could be qualified as...
French Jewish Students Union demands Twitter hand over identities of those behind anti-Semitic tweets

Twitter under fire in France over offensive hashtags

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French government joins debate after spate of homophobic, racist and anti-semitic hashtags trended in recent monthsTwitter is coming under increasing pressure from the French government over homophobic, racist and anti-semitic tweets which Paris says contravene its laws on hate-speech.French ministers are in talks with officials from the US-based microblogging site...
Twitter under fire in France over offensive hashtags

Twitter Lawyer Responds to Censorship Controversy

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There was considerable confusion, and opposition, following Twitter’s announcement Thursday that it can now censor tweets within specific countries if foreign governments request that it do so. The company’s top lawyer late Friday tried to clarify what the micro-blogging company will and won’t do. Some observers suspect Twitter is setting...
Twitter Lawyer Responds to Censorship Controversy

UK Trying To Censor Parody Video About The 2012 Olympics

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We've discussed for many years how the Olympics has a ridiculously overaggressive approach to attacking free speech for those who criticize or mention aspects of the Olympics without permission. In most locations that host the Olympics, special extraordinary laws get passed against specific expressions around the Olympics that go beyond...
UK Trying To Censor Parody Video About The 2012 Olympics

UN proposal to grant all governments equal 'rights' in managing the Internet has been withdrawn

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In a key victory for the United States’ delegation at the ITU moot in Dubai, a proposal backed by Arab states, China, and Russia has been beaten back. Or, put another way, it has been pulled from discussion, rendering it over for the time being. The US had been firing...
UN proposal to grant all governments equal 'rights' in managing the Internet has been withdrawn

Ban on Anonymous Comments Does Not Violate Free Speech, Says New York Lawmaker

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(Image: flickr.com/jbcurio) New York legislators involved with the proposed Internet Protection Act are getting a lot of calls today, and they’re not quite sure why. The bill was introduced weeks ago to a quiet reception but seems to have become controversial overnight. “Assemblyman Jim Conte is just a co-sponsor on...
Ban on Anonymous Comments Does Not Violate Free Speech, Says New York Lawmaker

Minister: The UK “emphatically” supports free speech online but there are limits

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The UK’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Jeremy Browne, has revealed that the country is behind freedom of speech online however he admits that there are limits to exactly how free Web users can be, according a report from The Hindu. Speaking at a function for the Madras Chamber of Commerce and...
Minister: The UK “emphatically” supports free speech online but there are limits

Judge Quickly (But Temporarily) Blocks New CA Law That Takes Away Anonymous Speech Rights

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So, we had just written about the unfortunate (if expected) news that voters in California had overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure which (among other things) would take away anonymous speech rights from anyone on the state's sex offender list (which could include things like people arrested for urinating in public,...
Judge Quickly (But Temporarily) Blocks New CA Law That Takes Away Anonymous Speech Rights

Spate of jail terms for online trolls leads UK to re-examine rules

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You may remember a court case in the UK that became known, absurdly but accurately, as the Twitter Joke Trial. It involved a guy who jokingly tweeted that he was going to blow his local airport “sky-high”. He was prosecuted and found guilty, but then he appealed and successfully had...
Spate of jail terms for online trolls leads UK to re-examine rules

A Look Into China's Web Censorship Program

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kev0153 writes "MSNBC is offering a good article explaining some of the details behind China's web censorship program. 'Google's face-off with Beijing over censorship may have struck a philosophical blow for free speech and encouraged some Chinese Netizens by its sheer chutzpah, but it doesn't do a thing for Internet...
A Look Into China's Web Censorship Program
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