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EFF Gets Secret Interpretation Of FISA Spying Law... And It's Almost Entirely Redacted

AMC Defies MPAA Bullies: Will Show Unrated Documentary To Kids With Permission Slips

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There's been a bit of a kerfuffle in Hollywood lately surrounding the documentary Bully, which has drawn attention to the ridiculousness of the MPAA's movie ratings system—and may even indicate the first real erosion of the organization's power in that area. The documentary—which has been well-received as an accurate depiction...
AMC Defies MPAA Bullies: Will Show Unrated Documentary To Kids With Permission Slips

Six Strikes Is Just 'Soft SOPA'

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The nationwide Six Strikes Copyright Alert System continues to roll out with many of the details still shrouded in secrecy. The few aspects of the system that can be guaranteed are negative: open WiFi could become a thing of the past and non-infringers are likely to be swept up...
Six Strikes Is Just 'Soft SOPA'

Too Much Copyright: This Generation's Prohibition

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The folks over at ReasonTV have put together a great episode about the state of copyright law today. Hosted by Zach Weissmueller, the video includes three guests. Professor Tom Bell, who is well known for his useful depiction of the insanity of copyright extension via the Mickey Mouse curve, Cheezburger...
Too Much Copyright: This Generation's Prohibition

Stupidity Of Licensing Demands Means The Wrecking Crew Can't Help Sell More Music With Documentary

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A couple years ago, we wrote about a panel discussion with a couple of music documentary filmmakers, who discussed the ridiculousness of trying to clear the samples used in their films, even though the works almost certainly could only lead to increased music sales. The NY Times recently had a...
Stupidity Of Licensing Demands Means The Wrecking Crew Can't Help Sell More Music With Documentary

Fox TV Finally Realizes The Internet Is Global: Launches Show Around The Globe Simultaneously

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We've talked, at length about the ridiculousness of regional restrictions when it comes to content on the internet. So, to some extent, it's nice to see that News Corp./Fox is actually more or less admitting that such restrictions are silly and has released a new TV show simultaneously around the...
Fox TV Finally Realizes The Internet Is Global: Launches Show Around The Globe Simultaneously

Harry reveals why Leveson and British law are impotent in the digital age

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Sir Brian Leveson should take note: one more Harry debacle will make any new press regime seem idiotic within minutesLord Justice Leveson has reserved his right to summon an extra witness or two this autumn. In which case, step forward Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales (aka Harry). You've...
Harry reveals why Leveson and British law are impotent in the digital age

NZ Copyright Tribunal: Accusations Are Presumed Infringement, Despite Denials

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A few weeks ago, we noted that the first "three strikes" case of infringement in New Zealand was set to go to the Copyright Tribunal (an earlier case was dropped after the recording industry (RIANZ) realized it had screwed up). The Tribunal has now issued its first ruling, demanding that...
NZ Copyright Tribunal: Accusations Are Presumed Infringement, Despite Denials

Six Strikes Is Just 'Soft SOPA'

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The nationwide Six Strikes Copyright Alert System continues to roll out with many of the details still shrouded in secrecy. The few aspects of the system that can be guaranteed are negative: open WiFi could become a thing of the past and non-infringers are likely to be swept up...
Six Strikes Is Just 'Soft SOPA'

Don't You Dare Show Olympic Spirit In The UK

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We've spent plenty of time over the years highlighting the ridiculousness surrounding the Olympics and their over-aggressive enforcement of IP laws (and even getting host nations to pass special trademark laws that only apply to the Olympics in some cases). But it's really reaching positively ludicrous excesses in the UK....
Don't You Dare Show Olympic Spirit In The UK

Portuguese Man Convicted On Criminal Charges For Sharing Three Songs

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Nelson Cruz points us to the latest news of totally ridiculous and disproportionate punishments for file sharing. A young man in Portugal has been convicted on criminal charges for sharing 3 songs. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, but the jail sentence was suspended, and instead he has...
Portuguese Man Convicted On Criminal Charges For Sharing Three Songs

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?

George Clooney On Trying To Act In Batman Costume

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One of the fun aspects of "Inside the Actors Studio" (Tue., 7 p.m. EST on Bravo) is when host James Lipton gets to delve into the less spectacular highlights of a particular actor's career. So with George Clooney sitting opposite him, it was inevitable that his turn as the Dark...
George Clooney On Trying To Act In Batman Costume
Here's the guy who's taking over Android & why a Chrome OS merger is preposterous

Supreme Court Orders Reconsideration Of 'On The Internet' Software Patents

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We've been following the "Ultramercial" case for a while. This was about a company that got a patent (7,346,545 that is basically about requiring you to watch an ad before you can watch some content). Ultramercial sued Hulu, YouTube and WildTangent. The case bounced around the court system for a...
Supreme Court Orders Reconsideration Of 'On The Internet' Software Patents

Olympics: Thou Shalt Not Tweet (Without Paying Up)

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Every time you think that the Olympics can't get more ridiculous with its attempts to abuse trademark law to control its name, they go one step further into ridiculousness. Following the threat to goggle maker UVEX for mentioning skiier and gold medalist Lindsey Vonn on its website, the US Olympic...
Olympics: Thou Shalt Not Tweet (Without Paying Up)

iCloud Now Has 125 Million Users, Says Apple CFO Oppenheimer

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Well, that was fast. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer just announced on Apple’s Q2 2012 earnings call that the company’s iCloud service has attracted 125 million users in the roughly six months since the service launched. It seems like just yesterday that Oppenheimer revealed that the service had 85 million users,...
iCloud Now Has 125 Million Users, Says Apple CFO Oppenheimer

Easy Come, Easy Go: EMI Pulls Video Of Drunk Guy Singing Bohemian Rhapsody, Reinstates It After Backlash

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You may have heard the story in the last few days about the really drunk guy, Robert Wilkinson, who was arrested and put in a police car up in Canada, and responded by breaking into song with a complete rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. If you haven't seen it yet, you're...
Easy Come, Easy Go: EMI Pulls Video Of Drunk Guy Singing Bohemian Rhapsody, Reinstates It After Backlash

Miami Heat Owner Sues Blogger & Google Over 'Unflattering' Photo

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What is it with super rich sports owners and SLAPP suits? Remember Redskins owner Dan Snyder? Well here's a situation that seems even more ridiculous. Ranaan Katz is a minority owner of the Miami Heat, who just won the NBA championship. You might think he'd be pretty happy right now....
Miami Heat Owner Sues Blogger & Google Over 'Unflattering' Photo
Microsoft Sends Google A DMCA Notice... To Block Microsoft's Bing Search Engine

Camera+ sells 8M copies in 2 years, declines Adobe, Google, Zynga and Twitter acquisition offers

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The super popular camera replacement app Camera+ has sold its 8 millionth copy on the two-year anniversary of its announcement, reports developer Taptaptap. Camera+ has held a unique success-story position when it comes to photography apps over the last couple of years. That success hasn’t gone unnoticed, and the development...
Camera+ sells 8M copies in 2 years, declines Adobe, Google, Zynga and Twitter acquisition offers

Not This Again: IEEE Plays Up Bogus 'Digital Sharecropping' Argument Again

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Nearly six years ago, we wrote about the ridiculousness of Nick Carr's suggestion that Web 2.0 was all about "digital sharecropping", in which online service providers are somehow "exploiting" users to take the fruits of their labors. I would hope that, with six years of hindsight, people would still remember...
Not This Again: IEEE Plays Up Bogus 'Digital Sharecropping' Argument Again

New IP Watchlist Ranks Countries On How Well Their Copyright Laws Serve The Public

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We've written plenty about the absolutely ridiculous Special 301 Report put out each year by the USTR. It's a list that the US uses to name and shame countries that it considers "naughty" when it comes to not passing intellectual property laws that the US likes. Of course, there is...
New IP Watchlist Ranks Countries On How Well Their Copyright Laws Serve The Public

Oracle ignores judge's advice, going after infringed profits case

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In what the judge described as the “”height of ridiculousness,” Oracle turned down statutory damages and is going to try for an infringer’s profit case....
Oracle ignores judge's advice, going after infringed profits case

Lamar Smith & House Judiciary Committee Don't Want To Know How Often The NSA Spies On Americans

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Once again, we are left stunned by the sheer ridiculousness of Congress. In a House Judiciary Committee markup concerning the FISA Amendments Act (FAA), a proposed amendment to require the NSA to reveal how many times it had spied on Americans was voted down 20 - 11, led by chair...
Lamar Smith & House Judiciary Committee Don't Want To Know How Often The NSA Spies On Americans

Security Theater... Or Why I Had To Go Dumpster Diving At The US Capitol Last Week

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We've had plenty of stories about the ridiculousness of security theater at airports, but it's been spreading elsewhere as well. Last week, I was in Washington DC from Monday through Thursday, for a few things (mostly related to the SOPA/PIPA debate). On Thursday morning, I took part in a press...
Security Theater... Or Why I Had To Go Dumpster Diving At The US Capitol Last Week

Major Media Fails To Fact-Check iPhone Joke

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Since some folks in traditional media still love to pretend that they are part of a select group of information filters that can provide fact-checked news items and that their internet counterparts cannot, I'm going to keep driving this point home: internet news groups and blogs are no more susceptable...
Major Media Fails To Fact-Check iPhone Joke

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

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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Weird. Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about how, for the first time ever, the top two comments for both the funniest comment and the most insightful comment were the same on each list. And here we are with it happening again. The winner, by far, for both the...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

Canadian Politician: You're Either In Favor Of Letting The Gov't Spy On Your Internet Usage... Or You're For Child Pornography

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Up in Canada, they're pushing for a new "lawful access" bill, which is basically a "government can spy on your internet usage" bill. Michael Geist has a full and complete run down about the new effort and why it's crazy. But, the insane part came out of the introduction when...
Canadian Politician: You're Either In Favor Of Letting The Gov't Spy On Your Internet Usage... Or You're For Child Pornography
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