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Preserving Video Games: Another Thing The DMCA Is Screwing Up

The Digital Millenium Copyright Act is the most fundamental piece of US legislation underpinning digital rights. It’s also woefully broken, with its wide-reaching language being used to strong-arm researchers and make tinkering with your own smartphone illegal. The latest trick? Screwing over anyone who wants to… » 4/13/15 12:33am 4/13/15 12:33am

Rand Paul's Presidential Campaign Video Just Got Pulled From YouTube

Copyright law is a bitch. Just ask Rand Paul’s newly launched presidential campaign whose video “Stand With Rand: Kentucky” just got pulled from YouTube on copyright grounds. YouTube’s Content ID system flagged a song in the video by country singer John Rich. “Sorry about that,” says the YouTube page now. » 4/07/15 6:20pm 4/07/15 6:20pm

Don't Spread Those Bullshit Facebook Copyright Takedown Posts 

This week, you may have noticed a surge in Facebook friends posting an alarmist message on their walls insisting that they won't give Facebook permission to use and distribute the content they post. The message is either the same or very similar to another viral copy-and-paste that has circulated on the social network… » 1/05/15 2:21pm 1/05/15 2:21pm

Copyright Holders Asked Google to Remove 345 Million Links Last Year 

Copyright holders were not shy about asking Google to remove pirated content in 2014. Last year, there were over 345 million requests to take down infringing content, according to a Torrent Freak summary of Google's weekly transparency reports. That's a 75 percent increase from 2013. Google honored most of the… » 1/05/15 10:02am 1/05/15 10:02am

What Could Have Entered the Public Domain in 2015?

Current US law extends copyright for 70 years after the date of the author's death, and corporate "works-for-hire" are copyrighted for 95 years after publication. But prior to the 1976 Copyright Act (which became effective in 1978), the maximum copyright term was 56 years—an initial term of 28 years, renewable for… » 1/02/15 7:30am 1/02/15 7:30am

Sony Leak: The Secret Meetings That Set Hollywood's Anti-Piracy War Plan

Every year, legal representatives from seven of the biggest movie studios in the country gather in Sherman Oaks, California to talk about all things anti-piracy. Which isn't surprising; it's their livelihood, after all. But what does leaves a sour taste in your mouth is their plan to spread the DMCA-dispensing… » 12/15/14 9:40am 12/15/14 9:40am

RIAA Bullies Tiny Music Sites That Pay Fees Instead of Make Money

We've known for years that the RIAA acts like a bunch of hypocritical bullies with nothing better to do than pick on the helpless. But wow. The latest report about how the lobbying organization is now bullying small music sites that not only have zero revenue but also pay licensing fees is just pathetic. » 7/20/14 12:33pm 7/20/14 12:33pm

10 Years Later, You Can Finally Buy The Best Documentary About L.A.

Los Angeles Plays Itself is a story of how L.A. has been portrayed on screen, its thesis unfolding through hundreds of iconic film clips. But the biggest reason that Thom Andersen's legendary documentary has reached a near-cult status is that, due to copyright issues, the film has never been properly released in… » 7/09/14 6:30pm 7/09/14 6:30pm