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

Google Wins the Right to Keep Scanning Millions of Books for Free

Nearly a decade after it started, the lawsuit between the Authors' Guild and Google over its book-scanning program has been thrown out. This means that Google can keep digitizing millions of books for free distribution, and more importantly, that fair use is in the public's best interest. » 11/14/13 12:52pm 11/14/13 12:52pm

RealNetworks Barred From Selling RealDVD Ever Again

Last week a judge put a temporary ban » 10/09/08 5:50am 10/09/08 5:50am on the sale of RealNetworks' DVD backup program RealDVD, claiming that it violated the DMCA. The court has decided to uphold the ban indefinitely, and judging by the tone and nature of the judge's statements, it doesn't sound like they'll ever change their mind. The arguments…

RIAA Boycott: "Fair Use" Bill Falls Short of Sweeping Digital Rights…

Yesterday we told you about this FAIR USE bill that's been introduced in Congress, and we were pretty happy to hear about it. Now that people have had the time to really get into the guts of the bill, it looks like it might not be the savior we were hoping for. The experts at Ars Technica took a long, hard look at the… » 3/01/07 11:45am 3/01/07 11:45am

HD DVD Copy Protection Only Partially Cracked

The Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Licensing Authority (the dudes in charge of HD DVD copy protection measures) has confirmed that the security measures of certain HD DVDs has been cracked. The hack, which is the work of a person posing as muslix64, doesn't actually apply to all HD DVDs, though. In other words,… » 1/26/07 9:06am 1/26/07 9:06am

Freedom Rings: Cellphones Must Be Unlockable

Kind of good news coming out of the Library of Congress regarding our digital rights, especially relating to our cellphone use. Copyright laws were amended to allow customers to unlock the software on their cellphones so they can take their phones with them from wireless carrier to wireless carrier. The ruling is also… » 11/24/06 11:16am 11/24/06 11:16am