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Carmakers Want To Use Copyright Law To Make Working On Your Car Illegal

You know what a pain those plastic engine covers are? How they get in the way and hide your own car’s engine from you? Well, consider that black piece of molded plastic a metaphor for something much worse: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Automakers are trying to use the DMCA to say you can’t work on or modify… » 4/21/15 12:55pm 4/21/15 12:55pm

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

John Deere Thinks People Will Pirate Music With In-Car Computers

Did you know that it’s illegal to tinker with the code in your in-car computer? Thanks to the nuances of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), you’re not even supposed to inspect the inner workings of your vehicle’s circuitry. This is absurd, which is why the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is fighting for… » 4/03/15 6:44pm 4/03/15 6:44pm

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

PopcornTime Defiantly Pops Back Up After Domain Gets Suspended

The most popular way of accessing the popular "Netflix for torrents" service PopcornTime abruptly went down last week when European regulators suspended the domain registration for Time4Popcorn.eu. In a message today, the anonymous devs behind the service say it's back—and won't be permanently shut down ever. » 10/13/14 7:46pm 10/13/14 7:46pm

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

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… » 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

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