dmca

  • Automattic Will Finally Stand Up To Bogus DMCA Takedowns

    Automattic Will Finally Stand Up To Bogus DMCA Takedowns

    Automattic, the WordPress hosting company, has long followed the letter of the DMCA in respect to copyright. This means that the company will side with a complainant rather than a customer, essentially allowing anyone to cite copyright violations in order to have anything pulled from their servers. This led to some sad cases involving heterosexual rights groups attacking journalists using the… Read More

  • Straight Pride UK, A “Heterosexual Rights” Group, Sics The DMCA On A Journalist

    Straight Pride UK, A “Heterosexual Rights” Group, Sics The DMCA On A Journalist

    In an excellent example of the Streisand Effect working its sordid magic, a group called Straight Pride UK has forced WordPress.com to pull a story by student journalist Oliver Hotham that featured an interview with the group in regards to heterosexual rights in UK. Read More

  • Copyright Holders Ask Google To Take Down Their Own Takedown Notices

    Copyright Holders Ask Google To Take Down Their Own Takedown Notices

    In a bit of copyright irony, companies like NBC Universal and Lionsgate have started targeting Google and the DMCA request clearinghouse ChillingEffects.org in their robotically-generated takedown orders simply because the site contains URLs that have been previously taken down. It is, in short, takedowns all the way down. Read More

  • Recent YouTube, Veoh Copyright Infringement Rulings Help To Unpack Safe Harbor Guidelines

    Recent YouTube, Veoh Copyright Infringement Rulings Help To Unpack Safe Harbor Guidelines

    Editor’s note: Sid Venkatesan is an IP partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. James Freedman is an associate in Orrick’s IP group and a recent Stanford Law School graduate. Online content providers and aggregators are well aware of the potential penalties that can result from a copyright infringement lawsuit. In addition to being expensive to litigate, a copyright… Read More

  • Unlocking Your Phone Is Now Illegal, But What Does That Mean For You?

    Unlocking Your Phone Is Now Illegal, But What Does That Mean For You?

    All the salacious headlines are (mostly) true — as of today, you can’t unlock a carrier-subsidized smartphone on your own before the contract associated with it runs out without technically running afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Granted, I’d wager that the number of people who faithfully stick to their multi-year wireless contracts far exceeds the number of… Read More

  • Battle Of The Gmail Extensions: Baydin Goes After Grexit For Plagiarizing Its Code

    Battle Of The Gmail Extensions: Baydin Goes After Grexit For Plagiarizing Its Code

    Ruh-roh. While we were happy to discover a simple Gmail add-on from Grexit called InboxWhiz that keeps us from our email obsession, competitor Baydin was not so happy, as it turns out. Not happy at all. In fact, Baydin is accusing Grexit of copying its code, and Baydin CEO Alex Moore says the company is submitting a DMCA takedown notice to get Grexit’s extension removed. Read More

  • YouTube Changes Its Content ID Appeals Process

    YouTube Changes Its Content ID Appeals Process

    YouTube today announced that it is making some important changes to its appeals process for users who think their videos were falsely flagged for copyright infringements by YouTube’s Content ID system. Previously, when users filed an appeal and the copyright owner rejected this appeal, the user was generally left without any recourse for certain types of Content ID claims. Starting… Read More

  • Google Updates Its Search Algorithm: Will Start Punishing Sites With Too Many DMCA Takedown Notices

    Google Updates Its Search Algorithm: Will Start Punishing Sites With Too Many DMCA Takedown Notices

    Google just announced that, starting next week, its search algorithm will start taking a new signal into account: the number of valid copyright removal notices it receives for a given site. According to Google, “this ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily.” The idea here is obviously to punish pirate sites by pushing links to them… Read More

  • Twitter Puts Its DMCA Takedown Requests Up For All To See

    Twitter Puts Its DMCA Takedown Requests Up For All To See

    Yesterday’s announcement that Twitter would be selectively censoring tweets based on country was not well-received. But part of that announcement was the assurance that the process would at least be transparent. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. They also mentioned that they were working with Chilling Effects to make notices and orders sent to Twitter publicly available. At… Read More

  • The Death Of The Internet Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

    The Death Of The Internet Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

    The news, I’m afraid, is dire. The Internet is about to be destroyed by big media. It is about be killed by two Congressional bills – The ProtectIP and The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) – that all-powerful big media lobbyists are now pushing through Congress. These bills will censor the Internet, turn it into China, censor it, destroy its innovation and value. “Big media… Read More