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Meltwater Partially Wins One Lawsuit, Gets Sued By AP In Another For Daring To Aggregate News

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It's been an interesting day for Meltwater News -- a news aggregator that has been fighting in the UK over claims that it has to pay to aggregate news from the Newspaper Licensing Association. It originally lost its case last year, but successfully got the court today to slash the...
Meltwater Partially Wins One Lawsuit, Gets Sued By AP In Another For Daring To Aggregate News

Let Congress Know That It's Time To Pass Startup Act 2.0

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For years now, we've been pointing out the ridiculous situation that the US has with denying visas to entrepreneurs. Over and over again, research has shown how skilled immigrants starting companies in the US help create new jobs. So we were excited earlier this year when plans for a Startup...
Let Congress Know That It's Time To Pass Startup Act 2.0

UK Politicians Don't Seem To Mind That Every Web Page You Load Is Copyright Infringement Under Current Law

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Last year Techdirt wrote about the almost unbelievable Meltwater decision in the UK, where the courts said that viewing a Web page without the owner's permission was copyright infringement. In November last year, leave was granted to Meltwater to make an appeal against the ruling to the UK's Supreme Court....
UK Politicians Don't Seem To Mind That Every Web Page You Load Is Copyright Infringement Under Current Law
Bizarre Legal Threat Of The Day: Confused Zoo Owner Threatens Popehat Over... Well... Just Read It

Ridiculous: Trademark Board Lets Yankees Control 'Evil Empire' Despite It Being An Insult Used By Another Team

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Two years ago, we wrote about a ridiculous situation in which the NY Yankees (disclosure: I'm a lifelong Yankees fan) were opposing a trademark application by a small company who sought to trademark "Baseball's Evil Empire" for the sake of selling merchandise with that brand on it. As we noted...
Ridiculous: Trademark Board Lets Yankees Control 'Evil Empire' Despite It Being An Insult Used By Another Team
Dan Bull: Censored By Copyright For Protesting Being Censored By Copyright

Let Congress Know That It's Time To Pass Startup Act 2.0

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For years now, we've been pointing out the ridiculous situation that the US has with denying visas to entrepreneurs. Over and over again, research has shown how skilled immigrants starting companies in the US help create new jobs. So we were excited earlier this year when plans for a Startup...
Let Congress Know That It's Time To Pass Startup Act 2.0

Court Reverses: Paying Competing Drug Companies Not To Compete Is An Antitrust Violation

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A few years ago, we wrote about a ridiculous situation in which big pharmaceutical companies were keeping prices artificially high by paying other drug companies to delay entering the market with generic drugs. The really scary part about this was that the big pharma companies would abuse patent law to...
Court Reverses: Paying Competing Drug Companies Not To Compete Is An Antitrust Violation

Twitter Hands Over Info After Judge Makes It Almost Impossible For It Not To

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Earlier this week, we talked about a ridiculous situation in NY, where Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. put Twitter in a nearly impossible position if it wanted to keep fighting for the rights of its users to keep private info private. As you may recall, the government used a non-warrant process...
Twitter Hands Over Info After Judge Makes It Almost Impossible For It Not To

US Begins Process Of Forcing Extreme IP Enforcement Across Africa

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We've noted a few times recently that over the last few years WIPO has at least appeared to be more receptive to views from developing nations that strict copyright and patent enforcement could do a lot more damage than good. There are actually tons of compelling economic evidence that developing...
US Begins Process Of Forcing Extreme IP Enforcement Across Africa
From flowers to the ER: Former FTD head launches medical ID network

Irish Charity Told It Needs To Pay A License Fee To Link To A Newspaper Article

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Via Mathew Ingram we learn of a ridiculous situation in Ireland, where the organization "Newspaper Licensing Ireland" has sent an email to the Women's Aid charity, telling it that linking to newspaper websites without a license is copyright infringement: "a licence is required to link directly to an online article...
Irish Charity Told It Needs To Pay A License Fee To Link To A Newspaper Article

Germans can't see meteorite YouTube videos due to copyright dispute

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The error message reads: “Sorry, this video, which includes music from [Sony Music Entertainment], is not available in Germany because GEMA has not granted the publishing rights thereto.” @jke Last week, when the world was watching crazy Russian meteorite videos on YouTube, Germans weren’t. As a result of an...
Germans can't see meteorite YouTube videos due to copyright dispute

DC Seeks To 'Legalize' Uber... By Forcing It To Be Way More Expensive Than Cabs

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If you want to understand local corruption at a really, really deep level, do something simple: fly into a new city, hop into a cab at the airport and ask them about taxi licensing. I've done this a few times, and you'd be amazed at what a ridiculous situation this...
DC Seeks To 'Legalize' Uber... By Forcing It To Be Way More Expensive Than Cabs

We are living in a digital goldfish bowl and I can't quite bury my qualms | Deborah Orr

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I'd like to see a national, collective endeavour to protect individual privacy, because privacy confers a kind of freedomImagine that you were required, every day, to keep an old-fashioned diary recording all your interactions with the world; every bus you took, every song you listened to, every television programme you dipped...
We are living in a digital goldfish bowl and I can't quite bury my qualms | Deborah Orr

Justice Department Uses Red Tape To Delay Release Of Required Information On Domestic Spying Until Well After It Matters

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A couple of months ago, Julian Sanchez wrote about the ridiculous situation in which he filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to reveal the latest semi-annual report from the Justice Department concerning how it was implementing the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. As we've been discussing, for a...
Justice Department Uses Red Tape To Delay Release Of Required Information On Domestic Spying Until Well After It Matters

University Requires Students To Pay $180 For 'Art History' Text That Has No Photos Due To Copyright Problems

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Brent Ashley shares the absolutely crazy story of how his daughter, a student at OCAD University in Canada, is taking a class on "Global Visual and Material Culture: Prehistory to 1800" which has a textbook that is required for all students... which costs $180. Now, we all know that textbook...
University Requires Students To Pay $180 For 'Art History' Text That Has No Photos Due To Copyright Problems

Protecting The Artists? Disney's Marvel Uses Copyright To Crush Already Broke Ghost Rider Creator

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Five years ago, we wrote about Gary Friedrich, the creator of the comic book character Ghost Rider, and how he was suing tons of companies, claiming that the copyrights associated with Ghost Rider had reverted back to him in 2001. As we noted at the time, there were some questionable...
Protecting The Artists? Disney's Marvel Uses Copyright To Crush Already Broke Ghost Rider Creator

Spain Admits New Copyright Law Is Designed To Keep It Off US's 'Naughty' List

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We've covered the ridiculous situation in Spain, where the government, which has much more reasonable copyright laws (for example, they didn't blame service providers for actions of their users), was put under tremendous pressure from US officials to "fix" copyright law in the way that Hollywood wanted. There were widespread...
Spain Admits New Copyright Law Is Designed To Keep It Off US's 'Naughty' List

Ridiculous: Trademark Board Lets Yankees Control 'Evil Empire' Despite It Being An Insult Used By Another Team

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Two years ago, we wrote about a ridiculous situation in which the NY Yankees (disclosure: I'm a lifelong Yankees fan) were opposing a trademark application by a small company who sought to trademark "Baseball's Evil Empire" for the sake of selling merchandise with that brand on it. As we noted...
Ridiculous: Trademark Board Lets Yankees Control 'Evil Empire' Despite It Being An Insult Used By Another Team
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