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Norwegian Parliament Approves Extreme Version Of SOPA; Ignores All Sorts Of Rights If Someone Yells Copyright

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A few years ago, I was in Norway for Nordic Music Week and got to meet with a number of people from all sides of the music industry there. It was very interesting to see how many of them were adapting to the changing environment. It was quite encouraging to...
Norwegian Parliament Approves Extreme Version Of SOPA; Ignores All Sorts Of Rights If Someone Yells Copyright
VP Pick, Paul Ryan, Has (Mostly) Been A Friend To Technology

Cybersecurity Bill Backers Insist This Isn't SOPA... But Is It Needed?

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Lots of folks have been waiting on the Senate's version of the cybersecurity bill that's been talked about for a while, and what's clear from the details and the press release put out by the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee is that the folks behind this bill are bending...
Cybersecurity Bill Backers Insist This Isn't SOPA... But Is It Needed?

Germany puts ACTA plans on ice, will await European Parliamentary decision

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Whilst 22 European countries may have already signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trademark Agreement (ACTA), one of Europe’s biggest economies — Germany — will hold off signing the treaty after officials said it would wait for an EU parliamentary decision before moving ahead. Techdirt tipped us to a Speigel Online report which states...
Germany puts ACTA plans on ice, will await European Parliamentary decision

Internet Association Hits Back At RIAA's Desire To Wipe Away DMCA Safe Harbors

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On Friday, we wrote about how the RIAA has already started pitching the terrible idea that we should do away with the important DMCA safe harbors, which make sure that liability for infringement is properly applied to those actually infringing, rather than tools and services. The RIAA, however, thinks that...
Internet Association Hits Back At RIAA's Desire To Wipe Away DMCA Safe Harbors

Is Being Rich And Arrogant Against The Law? The RIAA & MPAA Seem To Think So

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I'm planning to do some more thorough coverage of many of the comments that were submitted to the IP Enforcement Coordinator for next year's "Joint Strategic Plan." I just need to find an open block of time to go through a bunch of them. However, the folks over at TorrentFreak...
Is Being Rich And Arrogant Against The Law? The RIAA & MPAA Seem To Think So

Could crowdsourcing be a better way to make legislation?

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Crowdsourcing has proven to be a pretty good way to accomplish things that require a lot of input from different people, including the creation of encyclopedias and the financing of personal projects such as movies and comic books. But could it be used to create legislation as well? A...
Could crowdsourcing be a better way to make legislation?

New USTR Nominated; Will He Commit To Transparency?

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President Obama has nominated Michael Froman to be the new USTR, to take over for Ron Kirk who stepped down recently. Most of the stories on Froman note that he's well known in this space and has been a key player in a number of trade agreements -- including with...
New USTR Nominated; Will He Commit To Transparency?

It's Time To Let Politicians Know That Using Secretive Trade Agreements To Meddle With The Internet Is Unacceptable

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Last week, we noted how the anti-SOPA protest had woken up people around the globe to one of the legacy content industry's favorite tricks: sneaking dreadful IP expansionist policies through international trade agreements. In particular, it woke people up to ACTA, an agreement that was basically a done deal, and...
It's Time To Let Politicians Know That Using Secretive Trade Agreements To Meddle With The Internet Is Unacceptable
Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay form 'Internet Association' lobbying group

Congressman Jared Polis on SOPA/PIPA, Facebook’s IPO, and his favorite subreddit

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Internet entrepreneur, Reddit user, and League of Legends player are not usually words used to describe United States Congressmen, but Jared Polis has a knack for defying expectations. In addition to representing Colorado’s Second Congressional District, he co-founded ProFlowers.com, Blue Mountain Greeting Cards, and American Information Systems. He also serves as...
Congressman Jared Polis on SOPA/PIPA, Facebook’s IPO, and his favorite subreddit

Amazon advances to in-season TV streaming with CBS's Under the Dome

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When CBS starts airing Stephen King’s new drama Under the Dome this summer, viewers will have two ways to watch it: On CBS or through Amazon Prime Instant Video. New episodes of Under the Dome will be available for viewing on the site four days after they’re first broadcast on CBS....
Amazon advances to in-season TV streaming with CBS's Under the Dome
Insanity: Romney's Ad Featuring Obama Singing Al Green Shut Down Via Copyright Claim

Sneak peek: A first look at GetGlue HD (video)

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GetGlue is about to roll out a significant update of its mobile app that moves the service beyond check-ins and towards a personalized programming guide. The new app is called GetGlue HD, and GetGlue founder and CEO Alex Iskold stopped by our office the other day to tell us all...
Sneak peek: A first look at GetGlue HD (video)

Ze Frank raises $750k to kickstart his media empire

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Video blogging pioneer Ze Frank quietly raised around $756,000 late last month from Marc Andreessen, Buzzfeed co-founder John Johnson and Huffington Post co-founder Jonah Peretti. The financing comes just two months after a successful Kickstarter campaign to relaunch his web series that netted close to $150,000. Frank told me that...
Ze Frank raises $750k to kickstart his media empire

Toni Johnson: The Debate Over Anti-Piracy Laws

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Congress has postponed floor votes for the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), bills intended to increase protections for copyrighted digital content. This marked a victory for opponents who mounted landmark digital protests to call attention to what they believe was a move to give...
Toni Johnson: The Debate Over Anti-Piracy Laws

Meet Richard Mack, Republican challenger to SOPA's author

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Richard Mack, a retired sheriff and constitutional conservative, is hoping to use Rep. Lamar Smith's authorship of SOPA and an Internet surveillance bill to pry him out out of office....
Meet Richard Mack, Republican challenger to SOPA's author

Seized Sports Streaming Site Makes a Blazing Comeback

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Yesterday, several sports streaming sites had their domain names seized by the Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s ICE unit. Leading up to the Super Bowl this weekend, a total of 307 domain names were seized, 16 of which provided access to online streams of popular sporting events. Commenting on...
Seized Sports Streaming Site Makes a Blazing Comeback

A Response To SOPA: Free Pays (More)

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Weighing in on SOPA and free music on Music Think Tank, Dante Cullari shares his view that free pays more and talks about his  platform, Beat-Play which allows artists to give music away free. Then, the artists can show their popularity and work with brands to create ads that engage...
A Response To SOPA: Free Pays (More)
PirateBox offline file-sharing solution puts pirates out of authorities’ reach [video]
WePay updates payments platform, adds ultra-easy invoicing

Rather Than Bitching About The Failure Of SOPA/PIPA, Rupert Murdoch Should Take A Closer Look At His Own Policies

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It's well established that Rupert Murdoch threw a bit of a hissy fit on Twitter, after public protests helped put SOPA and PIPA on hold. However, as plenty of people have been pointing out, perhaps the real problem is with Murdoch's (and others') own business model choices. Danny Sullivan recently...
Rather Than Bitching About The Failure Of SOPA/PIPA, Rupert Murdoch Should Take A Closer Look At His Own Policies
Meet Lamar Smith: SOPA author, climate skeptic, and Congress' next science boss

Chamber Of Commerce Lies Again: Attributes Millions Of Jobs To IP Laws Based On Flimsy Correlation

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Remember how we were just talking about Senator Chris Coons, and the fact that maybe (just maybe) he was realizing that pushing for ridiculously over-aggressive "anti-piracy" laws without understanding the details was a bad idea? Yeah, apparently that lesson didn't sink in very well. On Wednesday, Coons appeared at an...
Chamber Of Commerce Lies Again: Attributes Millions Of Jobs To IP Laws Based On Flimsy Correlation

Avaaz gains 2.5 million users in 30 days, raises $3.3m in aid for Syria

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In an announcement today, the petition site Avaaz revealed some pretty interesting figures on its growth and latest efforts around the world. In December, we reported that the site’s anti-SOPA petition managed to garner well over 1 million signatures, and as of today, it has been signed almost 3.5 million...
Avaaz gains 2.5 million users in 30 days, raises $3.3m in aid for Syria

European Commission Looks To Backdoor In ACTA By Pushing For Same Results Through 'Voluntarism'

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This year saw two huge victories for digital activism: against SOPA in the US, and against ACTA in the EU. The big question is now: what will be the next moves of those behind SOPA and ACTA as they seek to regain the initiative? For SOPA, we've had a clue...
European Commission Looks To Backdoor In ACTA By Pushing For Same Results Through 'Voluntarism'

MPAA Pretends Dodd Didn't Say That New SOPA Negotiations Were Underway

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So Chris Dodd just said that there were ongoing backroom negotiations for a new SOPA, with some push from the White House. Of course, he did it with a wink and a nod, by saying he was "confident" that such was "the case" but that he wouldn't "go into more...
MPAA Pretends Dodd Didn't Say That New SOPA Negotiations Were Underway

Is A Petition Calling For A Pardon Of The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde 'Offensive'?

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This is a little strange. We recently wrote about Peter Sunde's request for a pardon in which he lays out a fairly compelling argument for how the Swedish judicial system was railroaded into convicting him. Soon after that, a petition appeared on the site Avaaz in support of Sunde's request,...
Is A Petition Calling For A Pardon Of The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde 'Offensive'?

New video: Ikea TV comes with slide-out remote control

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Ikea just published a new YouTube video on Thursday that reveals a few more details about the Uppleva TV set it is going to start selling in select European stores next month. The video was shot at the Milan Furniture Fair, where Ikea showed the device to the public for the...
New video: Ikea TV comes with slide-out remote control

SOPA and PIPA prompt Reddit, Mozilla, and 73 others to ask Congress to halt work on intellectual property laws

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A coalition of 75 groups including Reddit, Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Open Congress, and Human Rights Watch, have sent an open letter to Congress asking it to put the brakes on intellectual property lawmaking in the wake of the massive backlash against the Stop Online Piracy...
SOPA and PIPA prompt Reddit, Mozilla, and 73 others to ask Congress to halt work on intellectual property laws
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