WordPress Strikes Back Against DMCA Censorship Trolls

A few months ago, we told you the story of Oliver Hotham, a British journalist whose reporting on Straight Pride UK was silenced by a spurious DMCA takedown request from the hate group. Now the Hotham's web host, WordPress, has filed a complaint in court against Straight Pride. This may be the case that helps finally… » 11/21/13 3:12pm 11/21/13 3:12pm

Google Is Now Deleting Nine "Pirate" Links Every Second

Groups like the RIAA are putting in millions of DMCA requests to pull "pirate" links off Google, and even though it doesn't seem to help, the landslide's not letting up. As of last month, Google was taking down nine pirate links every single second of every single day. » 10/05/13 4:00pm 10/05/13 4:00pm

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 … » 8/13/13 5:40pm 8/13/13 5:40pm

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 crops 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… » 3/21/13 12:02pm 3/21/13 12:02pm

White House: You Should Be Able to Unlock Your Phone If You Own It

The White House has responded to a 100,000+ signature petition opposing the recent decision by the Librarian of Congress to remove DMCA exemptions for unlocking cellphones. The official response? You should be able to unlock your phone with no legal penalty. So long as you own your phone. » 3/04/13 1:21pm 3/04/13 1:21pm

Flagellent HBO Tells Google To Remove Links To... HBO

It's no surprise when a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown request turns out to be terrible and absurd, but just in case anyone forgot how ridiculous these automatic notices can be, the DMCA has been kind enough to offer a little refresher in the form of HBO telling Google to remove links to... itself. » 2/04/13 4:20pm 2/04/13 4:20pm

Unlocking Your Phone Is Illegal Starting Tomorrow

You may remember that last year, the DMCA exemption on unlocking phones was smacked down. Well it's going into effect this Saturday. So starting tomorrow, unlocking your phone will be officially illegal. Yay. » 1/25/13 11:51am 1/25/13 11:51am

Google Gets Ten Times As Many Takedown Requests As It Did Six Months…

Back in May when Google started publishing the takedown requests it received from copyright holders, the number was fairly high, roughly 250,000 a week. That's as much as all of 2009. Now, it's even higher. As of this month, that number has reached 2.5 million. » 12/16/12 1:10pm 12/16/12 1:10pm

YouTube Takedowns Just Got Slightly Less Absurd

YouTube's automated copyright takedown system is nothing if not robust, often to the point of head-shaking ridiculousness. But even though the company's trigger-happy Content ID isn't going away any time soon, it's at least getting a much-needed kick in the pants. » 10/04/12 8:35am 10/04/12 8:35am

Google Gets Tons of Takedown Requests For Sites That Don't Even Exist…

Rightsholders sure are trigger-happy when it comes to wiping their copyrighted content off the face of the Internet. They're so trigger-happy, in fact, that they're dishing out all kind of takedown requests for links to websites that haven't existed for months. » 9/08/12 12:00pm 9/08/12 12:00pm

Google's Giving YouTube a Pass With Its New Piracy Provisions (Updated)

Google is implementing a new policy that will smack down search results from sites that get a lot of DMCA requests. That must affect Google's own YouTube, which must get slammed with them all the time, right? Not exactly. » 8/11/12 2:00pm 8/11/12 2:00pm