copyright

Advocacy groups knock ‘unjust’ copyright-extending CLASSICS Act

Copyright is a mess, but more of a mess in some ways than others, and one of the biggest messes right now is licensing music for digital broadcast. The Music Modernization Act aims to smooth over some

Microsoft attempts to spin its role in counterfeiting case

Earlier this week Eric Lundgren was sentenced to 15 months in prison for selling what Microsoft claimed was "counterfeit software," but which was in fact only recovery CDs loaded with data anyone can

How Microsoft helped imprison a man for ‘counterfeiting’ software it gives away for free

In a sickening concession to bad copyright law and Microsoft's bottom line over basic technical truths and common sense, Eric Lundgren will spend 15 months in prison for selling discs that let people

Federal judge rules that embedded tweets can represent copyright infringement

A recent ruling by a New York federal judge could have significant implications for how copyright laws are enforced. The ruling was made in a case where Justin Goldman accused publications including B

Anti-piracy firm Denuvo acquired by digital security outfit Irdeto

Denuvo's anti-piracy tech has been divisive in the gaming world, with some complaining that it restricts their gaming habits or prevents modding — but few will dispute that it has been unusually suc

Europe keeps up the pressure on social media over illegal content takedowns

The European Union's executive body is continuing to pressure social media firms to get better at removing illegal content from their platforms before it has a chance to spread further online. 

Tech giants pressured to auto-flag “illegal” content in Europe

Social media giants have again been put on notice that they need to do more to speed up removals of hate speech and other illegal content from their platforms in the European Union. The bloc’s e

Crunch Report | WeWork Gets a $4.4 Billion Investment from SoftBank

H3H3 wins in copyright lawsuit, WeWork gets 4.4 billion investment from SoftBank, Social Capital wants to help startups go public without an IPO and Uber's financials show the company is still growing

Zillow and McMansion Hell bury the hatchet after nastygram rouses internet’s ire

All is well in McMansion Hell, the blog doing god's work by sassing the hideous architecture on display in our otherwise pleasant suburbs. Zillow sent a letter earlier this week threatening legal acti

A conversation about digital copyright reform

The European Union is in the process of reforming copyright laws that date back to 2001, as part of a wider strategy to establish a Digital Single Market across the 28 Member States of the bloc, aimin

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art makes 375K public domain works free without restriction

Feeling in the mood to do a little remixing of classic pieces of art? You're in luck: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just made hundreds of thousands of pieces available under the Creative Commons

EU digital copyright reform proposals slammed as regressive

The European Commission's proposals to reform the region's copyright rules, published in draft form today, have been criticized by tech companies and digital rights groups as regressive and a missed o

Europe’s top court rules linking can infringe copyright if done for profit

Europe's top court has ruled that knowingly posting links to copyrighted material can be an infringement of rights holders' rights -- even though the copyrighted material in question is being hosted e

Blockai’s new tool combines tweeting and claiming copyright

Blockai is supposed to help photographers and artists defend their intellectual property. Now it’s launching a new feature to make that process easier — or at least better-integrated with Twit

Latest Olympics media rules nix GIFs, Vines and streaming apps

The Olympics Committee has always been restrictive in who can use what footage and when, but a couple of new rules introduced for the 2016 games take things even further. The official social media gui

Marrakesh Treaty will limit copyright, easing book access for blind and print-disabled worldwide

It's difficult enough already for the visually impaired to read the books and publications sighted people take for granted, but it's downright impossible when the content isn't even available in acces

Supreme Court affirms Google Books scans of copyrighted works are fair use

A Supreme Court order issued today closes the book on (or perhaps merely ends this chapter of) more than a decade of legal warfare between Google and the Authors Guild over the legality of the former'

Legal Streaming: Build Your Audience Without Getting GG’ed

Tens of thousands of broadcasters, game developers, and fans converged on San Francisco’s Moscone Center during TwitchCon 2015 -- Twitch’s inaugural celebration for the videogame streaming communi

Sony Music Tries To Force Creator To Pull Video It Licensed From Him

In the ongoing saga of big companies failing to understand what they are doing on the Internet we point you to Sony Music vs. Mitch Martinez. Mitch is a videographer who makes cool visuals and runs a

Google Says It Will Not De-List Entire Sites For Copyright Violations

In an open letter to the Office and Management and Budget’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Google announced today that it opposes the practice of removing entire sites from search re
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