Dropbox Knows When You're Sharing Copyrighted Files

If you store your important documents on Dropbox, there’s a chance that you might have some copyrighted files up there in the cloud. If those files are copyrighted, they might well not belong to you. If you have those copyrighted files in the cloud, you might want to share them with a friend. That’s when Dropbox steps in and puts a stop to things. Read More >>

The Right to Record Movies From TV Came 30 Years Ago Yesterday

Today, DRM fears inspire a lot of jokes that reference George Orwell's 1984. But it was in that titular year, three decades ago today, that the US Supreme Court reached a decision that defined and protected the right to record copyrighted material: Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., or the Betamax case. Read More >>

US Author Challenges Sherlock Holmes Copyright and Wants to Churn Out His Own Holmes Books

Many of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are reaching the end of their 100-year copyright period, meaning the books become public domain and may be freely shared. But what of the characters they contain? Can anyone now write their own Sherlock Holmes book based upon the deductive cocaine/nicotine addict? Read More >>

A US Army Base Is Running a Bunch of Illegal Windows 7 Copies

Given the United States' intolerance for copyright infringement and the piraters that propagate it, you'd think they would be a little more keen on making sure that his men were playing by the book themselves. As it turns out, a whole mess of computers running unlicensed, illegal copies of Windows 7 belong to none other than the US Army itself. Read More >>

Google Wins the Right to Keep Scanning Millions of Books for Free

Nearly a decade after it started, the lawsuit between the Authors' Guild and Google over its book-scanning program has been thrown out. This means that Google can keep digitising millions of books for free distribution, and more importantly, that fair use is in the public's best interest. Read More >>

Microsoft Wanted Google to Censor a Wikipedia Page About Microsoft

After asking Google to censor, Microsoft has given Google a copyright takedown request for a Microsoft Wikipedia page. Microsoft must want to scrub all mentions of itself on the Internet or something. It's the only sensible explanation for its vigilance! Read More >>

Ministry of Sound Sues Spotify Over Compilation Album-Cloning Playlists

Mainstream dance music behemoth the Ministry of Sound is taking legal action against streaming service Spotify, claiming the creation of playlists by users that clone its compilation albums amounts to copyright infringement. Read More >>

The Most Convoluted DMCA Takedown Request of All Time

Anti-Gay group Straight Pride UK is abusing the DMCA takedown process to censor work by a journalist. No surprise there — the DMCA is twisted for all kinds of dumb purposes. The inexplicable part? The hate group filed a takedown on... its own press release. How dare you say that we said the words that we wrote in a press release. Read More >>

Microsoft Gave Google a Copyright Takedown Request For

Because every company with even just a three-legged rat in the copyright race basically just shotgun sprays Google for takedown requests these days, Microsoft accidentally but very hilariously asked Google to censor... That's got to be even worse than HBO giving Google a takedown request for VLC. Yeah, it's definitely worse. Read More >>

Tech Giants Band Together to Starve the Pirates Out

If you can't sue them out of existence, and blocking them just doesn't work, then what's the next best thing? Cut off a pirate's money supply, of course. And that's exactly what most of the world's biggest advertising companies including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL are doing. Now rights holders can file a request to block adverts on particular sites, just like DMCA takedown notices for content. Read More >>

London Police Threatening Torrent Site Owners With 10-Year Jail Terms

The City of London Police has teamed up with the usual warriors against copyright theft to launch a campaign attacking UK-based torrent providers -- and is threatening them with up to 10 years in prison under the 2007 Serious Crime Act. Read More >>

Warner Brothers Is Being Sued For Using Nyan Cat Without Permission

Warner Brothers — a company all too keen to leap on anybody infringing its copyright — is being sued for unauthorised use of the Nyan Cat meme. Oops. Read More >>

New UK Image Copyright Law Legalises Nicking Photos Off the Internet

The UK's Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act has been passed, putting controversial new copyright laws regarding what's known as "orphan works" into place for photos put online. The changes mean that if there's no clear identifying meta data in images, anyone can use and sub-license them and the owners have little recourse to complain. Read More >>

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Everything Wrong with Digital Copyright (and How to Fix It)

Digital copyright is broken. We know this inherently, and wheeze exasperation whenever the latest nonsensical DRM news up. But fixing it's not as simple as tossing the whole system out the window. So here's a breakdown of every way digital copyright has gone wrong, and, with luck and persistence and prevailing sanity, how it can maybe fix itself. Read More >>

The Pirate Bay Is Suing an Anti-Piracy Group for Copyright Infringement

You read that right. The Pirate Bay is the one doing the suing over copyright infringement this time. Even more hilariously, The Pirate Bay says it will sue CIAPC, an anti-piracy group, for copyright infringement. The Pirate Bay is completely serious! It has already asked the policy to investigate its claim that CIAPC has copied The Pirate Bay. Read More >>

Twitter Is the One Place the Number of Copyright Notices Is Actually Down

Last June, Twitter hopped on the transparency train and released its first report indexing information requests, copyright takedown notices, and removal requests from governments around the globe. Now the second report is out, with its own site and some new details on what the U.S. government in particular is doing. And weirdly enough, copyright takedown requests are actually down from the past six months. Read More >>


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