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Leaked Documents Detail The MPAA's Plans For Sock Puppetry To Mislead People About Richard O'Dwyer

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Honestly, the MPAA needs to hire someone who actually understands a modern media strategy -- rather than a media strategy from the last century. It seems like nearly everything they do or say is calculated to piss off the public, rather than convince them of anything reasonable. Every chance they...
Leaked Documents Detail The MPAA's Plans For Sock Puppetry To Mislead People About Richard O'Dwyer

Tell The USTR To Stop Being A Pawn Of Hollywood Lobbyists

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Every year, the USTR puts out its infamously laughable Special 301 report (as I've pointed out in the past, I've seen people in the ideologically-aligned US Copyright Office mock the Special 301 report openly -- showing that even those who support it know that it's ridiculous). The way it works...
Tell The USTR To Stop Being A Pawn Of Hollywood Lobbyists

File Sharing Moves En Masse To The Darknet; Good Luck Shutting That Down

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It's not like this wasn't easily predictable, but as the entertainment industry has "succeeded" in taking down Megaupload and continues to move against The Pirate Bay and others, anyone who's followed this space had to have known that file sharing would just move one step further underground. We've seen the...
File Sharing Moves En Masse To The Darknet; Good Luck Shutting That Down

Australia To Propose Copyright Reform That Includes Fair Use

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Last year, we noted that Australia was beginning the process of copyright reform, and it appeared that the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) was asking the right kinds of questions. Among the major concerns that some commenters raised was the lack of fair use under Australian copyright law. When a...
Australia To Propose Copyright Reform That Includes Fair Use

Techdirt Interview With Derek Khanna, Author Of The RSC 'Fix Copyright' Policy Briefing

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By now you're probably familiar with the name Derek Khanna. The young Congressional staffer who, as a part of the Republican Study Committee, authored one of the most forward-looking policy briefs on how the copyright system is broken, and suggesting some ways to fix it. While it took less than...
Techdirt Interview With Derek Khanna, Author Of The RSC 'Fix Copyright' Policy Briefing

Lamar Smith Looking To Sneak Through SOPA In Bits & Pieces, Starting With Expanding Hollywood's Global Police Force

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While it didn't get nearly as much attention as other parts of SOPA, one section in the bill that greatly concerned us was the massive expansion of the diplomatic corp.'s "IP attaches." If you're unfamiliar with the program, basically IP attaches are "diplomats" (and I use the term loosely) who...
Lamar Smith Looking To Sneak Through SOPA In Bits & Pieces, Starting With Expanding Hollywood's Global Police Force

Sony & NBC Interfere With Fan-Funded Web Series, Accomplish Nothing

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ChurchHatesTucker points us to yet another example of how the strictures of the legacy entertainment industry are at odds with modern attitudes towards culture and creativity, and the hypocrisy of those who rely on fair use but seek to limit it for others. First, a bit of background: The NBC...
Sony & NBC Interfere With Fan-Funded Web Series, Accomplish Nothing

Ireland Signs Controversial 'Irish SOPA' Into Law; Kicks Off New Censorship Regime

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Remember how EMI sued the Irish government for failing to pass a SOPA-like law that will force ISPs to act as copyright cops and censor and block access to websites that the entertainment industry doesn't like? Well, apparently, the end result is that the Irish government has now signed the...
Ireland Signs Controversial 'Irish SOPA' Into Law; Kicks Off New Censorship Regime

Polish Prime Minister Steps Up His Anti-ACTA Efforts After Hosting 7-Hour Open Q&A Via IRC

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A few weeks ago, we noted that Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk had agreed to suspend attempts to ratify ACTA while he explored the details -- completely flip-flopping on his earlier adamant support for the agreement. However, late last week he went even further. Rather than just putting off the...
Polish Prime Minister Steps Up His Anti-ACTA Efforts After Hosting 7-Hour Open Q&A Via IRC
RIAA: Google Isn't Trying Hard Enough To Make Piracy Disappear From The Internet
Copyright Enforcement Bots Seek And Destroy Hugo Awards

Fear-Induced Foolishness: Entertainment Industry Thinks Controls On New TLDs Will Actually Impact Piracy

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Last month, we wrote about how the RIAA was backing a version of the .music top level domain that would only allow "accredited" musicians to get domains with a .music suffix. Their key concern, as always, was that .music would be used for infringement. It appears that it's not just...
Fear-Induced Foolishness: Entertainment Industry Thinks Controls On New TLDs Will Actually Impact Piracy

Not So Hip 2 Da Game: 90s Rapper Sues Upstart Mac Miller For Doing What Rappers Do

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Okay, this one is just crazy. You hopefully already know about Mac Miller. We wrote about him last year, as he was the first truly independent artist to release an album that topped the charts in over a decade. Historically, the charts are absolutely dominated by major label acts, because...
Not So Hip 2 Da Game: 90s Rapper Sues Upstart Mac Miller For Doing What Rappers Do

Entertainment Industry Mourns The End Of 'Hollywood' Howard Berman Being Their Personal Voice In Congress

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We noted after the election that Hollywood's absolute favorite elected official -- "Hollywood" Howard Berman. He was often referred to as "the Representative from Disney" for his unwavering support of passing legislation that helped the big Hollywood studios and record labels over the public interest. For many of us interested...
Entertainment Industry Mourns The End Of 'Hollywood' Howard Berman Being Their Personal Voice In Congress

The Pirate Bay Claims It's Going To Host The Site Via Drones Flying Over International Waters

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One of the more amazing things about the recent moves by the entertainment industry to put in place stricter laws around the globe to attack file sharing, is that they still don't realize how pointless this is compared to the only real solution, which is to offer more of what...
The Pirate Bay Claims It's Going To Host The Site Via Drones Flying Over International Waters

3 Strikes Plan Re-established In Ireland After Court Decides To Ignore Data Protection Commission Ruling

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A few years back, IFPI sued Irish ISP Eircom for not waving a magic wand and stopping infringement. It was part of the legacy entertainment industry's strategy to try to force ISPs into kicking people offline under a 3 strikes regime, even if they couldn't get a law to that...
3 Strikes Plan Re-established In Ireland After Court Decides To Ignore Data Protection Commission Ruling

Warner Bros. Just Keeps Pushing People To Piracy; New Deal Also Delays Queuing

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Sometimes you really have to wonder about some legacy entertainment industry execs and their thought process. Warner Bros. is the most aggressively stupid when it comes to willfully going against what consumers want and pushing them to pirate instead. It, among the big Hollywood studios has been the leader in...
Warner Bros. Just Keeps Pushing People To Piracy; New Deal Also Delays Queuing

If You Think The Cost Of 'Piracy' Is High, What About The Cost Of Enforcement?

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We've all seen the crazy high claims by the legacy entertainment industry about the "costs" of infringement. Most of these reports have absolutely no basis in reality and have been widely debunked -- even by the US government itself. But, even if we grant that there are some "costs" to...
If You Think The Cost Of 'Piracy' Is High, What About The Cost Of Enforcement?

Norway To Get Its Own SOPA

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The latest in the global merry-go-round of the legacy entertainment industry seeking to put in place draconian legislation is apparently Norway. A couple years ago, I went to Norway for Nordic Music Week, and had a great time talking to musicians, managers and labels, about all of the opportunity for...
Norway To Get Its Own SOPA

Australian Gov't Chooses 'Consumer Advocate' For Secret Anti-Piracy Meetings: The Chairman Of The Copyright Council

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You may recall, that the Australian government, the big entertainment industry players and some ISPs have been meeting down in Australia to come up with a plan to "fight piracy." Of course, the meetings have been so secret that the government won't even reveal who attended them, claiming that it...
Australian Gov't Chooses 'Consumer Advocate' For Secret Anti-Piracy Meetings: The Chairman Of The Copyright Council

Why Does Copyright Last 70 Years After Death... But Licenses Expire At Death?

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Last week, we were among the group of folks who wrote about some articles highlighting the fact that, when you die, your library of digital goods likely dies with you, thanks to ridiculous licensing terms and DRM (and ignoring unauthorized copies). Over the weekend, there was a silly -- and...
Why Does Copyright Last 70 Years After Death... But Licenses Expire At Death?
Case Study: Band Embraces Grooveshark And Catapults Its Career

The Legacy Entertainment Industry's Business Model: Charge A Ridiculous Markup On The 'Copy File' Command

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Rick Falkvinge has a post up on his website highlighting how copyright is antithetical to the free market. We've pointed this out many times in the past, though for reasons I don't fully understand, some people still don't quite get it. Copyright is a government-granted monopoly privilege. In a true...
The Legacy Entertainment Industry's Business Model: Charge A Ridiculous Markup On The 'Copy File' Command

Channeling That Anti-SOPA Energy Into Getting Important DMCA Exemptions

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We've talked a bunch of times about the (somewhat ridiculous) process by which the public gets a shot, once every three years, to beg the US Copyright Office to throw the public a bone and grant "exemptions" to the ridiculous DMCA anti-circumvention clause. This process is completely backwards. The anti-circumvention...
Channeling That Anti-SOPA Energy Into Getting Important DMCA Exemptions

Journey's Producer Sues Sony Over Unpaid Royalties For 21 Classic Songs

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For years, we have highlighted the great lengths that major labels go through to avoid paying out royalties to artists. These actions culminated in a number of artists suing the label in an attempt to actually be paid the royalties owed to them on music sales. Sony hasn't been immune...
Journey's Producer Sues Sony Over Unpaid Royalties For 21 Classic Songs

Why Search Engines Can't Just 'Fix' Search Results The Way The MPAA/RIAA Want

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It's become clear in the past year or so that one key "target" in the legacy entertainment industry's game plan is to force Google to change its search results to have "good sites" rise up and "bad sites" be pushed down. They've been putting pressure on search engines for quite...
Why Search Engines Can't Just 'Fix' Search Results The Way The MPAA/RIAA Want

We're Living In the Most Creative Time In History

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As we recently noted in our The Sky Is Rising study, all of the evidence shows that we're living in a time of true abundance in terms of the content world. All of the data shows this. It's really incontrovertible. And yet, we keep hearing from certain folks -- often...
We're Living In the Most Creative Time In History
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