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  • Alert: Freedom of Panorama Under Threat in Europe

    06/20/2015 11:43:29 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | JUNE 20/2015 | Michael Zhang
    Should photographers be able to include copyrighted public building and sculptures in photos without having to worry about payment or permissions? The concept is called “freedom of panorama,” and it’s currently under attack over in Europe.
  • A reminder that your Instagram photos aren’t really yours: Someone else can sell them for $90,000

    05/27/2015 8:53:39 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2015 | Jessica Contrera
    ...This month, painter and photographer Richard Prince reminded us that what you post is public, and given the flexibility of copyright laws, can be shared — and sold — for anyone to see. As a part of the Frieze Art Fair in New York, Prince displayed giant screenshots of other people’s Instagram photos without warning or permission. The collection, “New Portraits,” is primarily made up of pictures of women, many in sexually charged poses. They are not paintings, but screenshots that have been enlarged to 6-foot-tall inkjet prints. According to Vulture, nearly every piece sold for $90,000 each. How is...
  • CRB Digital Royalties Jack Up Could Signal Coda for Struggling Digital Music Streamers

    05/20/2015 5:28:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    Next week, members of the Copyright Royalty Board, three of the most powerful people you have never heard of will decide how to shift millions, heck, billions of dollars from one set of players to another.The CRB is the sole arbitrator of all matters of music royalties and it is about to issue a death sentence to digital music services, like Spotify and Pandora. Every five years, the board reviews royalties paid by digital streaming services. The board's troika is set up as a panel of administrative law judges, Suzanne Barnett, chief copyright royalty judge; David Stricker, economics judge and...
  • Court Rules That YouTube Cannot Be Forced to Remove Innocence of Muslims

    05/18/2015 5:52:30 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 18 May 2015 | Tina Nguyen
    An appeals court today reversed a lower court’s decision compelling YouTube to remove the controversial film Innocence of Muslims, saying that such an act was a violation of the First Amendment. The film, a 13-minute “trailer” created by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in 2012, sparked outrage among the Muslim community for its depiction of the prophet Muhammad as a pedophile and a murderer, and for a time was thought to be the cause of the attacks against the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya. The initial lawsuit had been filed by Cindy Lee Garcia, one of the actresses in the film, who...
  • Nearly Half Of 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Has Leaked Online

    04/12/2015 3:39:53 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 33 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 11, 2015 | staff
    Bad news today for HBO, which is attempting to marry the recent debut of their HBO Now streaming service with season 5 of Game of Thrones. As of last night, the first four episodes of the new season, nearly half of the ten total episodes, have been leaked online to various torrent sites. After appearing online yesterday afternoon, the episodes have already been downloaded almost 800,000 times, and that figure will likely blow past a million downloalds by the season 5 premier tonight.
  • It’s okay if you hate Robin Thicke. But the ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict is bad for pop music

    03/12/2015 4:09:25 AM PDT · by iowamark · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 11 2015 | Chris Richards
    Will Madonna sue Lady Gaga? Will George Clinton sue OutKast? These idiotic questions became frighteningly legitimate after a jury ruled that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams committed copyright infringement. The jurors decided that yes, Thicke’s 2013 chart-topping single “Blurred Lines” had copied elements of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up,” and awarded Gaye’s family a walloping $7.4 million. The titles of the two songs in question could not have been more fitting. But it was the lack of detail on exactly which elements were copied that prompted a hard-swallow... The jury was instructed to make its ruling...
  • ‘Blurred Lines’ Infringed on Marvin Gaye Copyright, Jury Rules

    03/10/2015 7:24:46 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 103 replies
    NY Times ^ | 03.10.2015
    For the last year and a half, the music industry has been gripped by a lawsuit over whether Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” was merely reminiscent of a song by Marvin Gaye, or had crossed the line into plagiarism.
  • Rep. Tom Emmer lashes out at fellow Republicans (Fake Tea Party/MN)

    03/01/2015 6:02:20 PM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 29 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | March 1, 2015 | Allison Sherry
    WASHINGTON -- Mere weeks into his first term as a U.S. congressman, Republican Rep. Tom Emmer is challenging the right flank of his party. Just after midnight Saturday, Emmer issued a statement calling out Republican House colleagues who don't support fully funding the Department of Homeland Security because of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. (snip) "I am disappointed that many of my colleagues chose to put the security of Americans at stake and waste time playing politics," said Emmer, who replaced Rep. Michele Bachmann in January. "Congress has a solemn responsibility. As a body, we should never hold...
  • Big Shake-Up to Music Licensing Regime Embraced by U.S. Copyright Office

    02/06/2015 1:47:09 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 10:44 AM PST 2/5/2015 | Eriq Gardner
    If adopted, these proposals will impact record labels, music publishers, producers, royalty collection groups, terrestrial and satellite radio, and music streaming services. In a 245-page report issued on Thursday, the U.S. Copyright Office is throwing its weight behind what would be the most radical changes to how music is licensed in nearly a half century. Many of the copyright laws governing music were first erected at the time that player pianos became popular and have developed through the advent of radio, new recording devices and, most recently, digital networks. Maria Pallante, director of the Copyright Office, believes the law is...
  • Copyright Law Is Creating An Information Oligarchy, Not An Information Democracy

    11/18/2014 2:24:35 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 75 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 18, 2014 | George Leef
    The idea behind copyright was simple – creativity would be catalyzed if individuals were given the exclusive right to profit from their works for a period of time. The law was supposed to strike a sensible balance between financial incentives for creators and social benefits. Early on, that may have been the case, but the law has changed greatly since the first Copyright Act was passed in 1790. Today, copyright does far more to create an information oligarchy than the robust information democracy the drafters of the Constitution and the first act had in mind.
  • Warner Bros. Sues New York Bar For Playing 80-Year Old Song

    09/15/2014 9:32:57 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 85 replies
    TF ^ | 8/29/2014 | TF
    Warner Bros. has filed a lawsuit against a small bar from Amityville, New York, for playing one of their songs without permission. The track in question is not a recent pop song, but the 80-year old love song "I Only Have Eyes for You" which first appeared in Warner's 1934 movie "Dames." giacomoMany bars, pubs and restaurants like to entertain their guests with live music, with bands often playing covers of recent hits or golden oldies. As with all music that’s performed in public, the bar owners are required to pay the royalties, even if there are just handful of...
  • Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as 'monkey owns it'

    08/06/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 84 replies
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 06 Aug 2014 | Matthew Sparkes
    Wikimedia, the non-profit organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer’s repeated requests to stop distributing his most famous shot for free – because a monkey pressed the shutter button and should own the copyright[.]
  • NBC Dateline - GUILTY of STEALING My Videos

    07/23/2014 6:21:31 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 7-23-2014 | TAOFLEDERMAUS
    "An old rat trap video of mine became a subject of a murder investigation and was presented on NBC Dateline. The only problem was they never got my permission to use my copyrighted content."
  • TV Streaming Startups Forge Ahead, Guided by Aereo Ruling

    06/30/2014 8:50:23 AM PDT · by PoloSec
    News Max ^ | June 30 2014 | Melanie Batley
    Digital television streaming companies are forging ahead with their services following the conclusion of a Supreme Court case against Aereo Inc., despite the media company's loss in a copyright dispute brought on by traditional broadcasters. According to The New York Times, with clearer legal parameters for service delivery, dozens of digital media startups plan to move forward with innovations that offer ways to watch traditional cable broadcasting for a fraction of the cost. "If cable companies believe that their old ways of doing business are protected by the Aereo Supreme Court decision, they are clearly misguided," Dan Nova, a partner...
  • Supreme Court Issues 'Sweeping And Definitive' Ruling Against Aereo In Huge Copyright Case

    06/25/2014 7:21:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/25/2014 | STEVE KOVACH AND ERIN FUCHS
    The Supreme Court ruling on Aereo is out, and the court has ruled against the upstart company and in favor of TV broadcasters. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision that had ruled in favor of Aero, a service that lets you stream live network TV. The court found that Aereo's service violated the copyrights of live network TV stations. "This ruling appears sweeping and definitive, determining that Aereo is illegal," the lawyer Tom Goldstein wrote on SCOTUSBlog. The case will have lasting implications for the way content is delivered online. Aereo's technology uses special...
  • Appeals Court Doesn't Understand Difference Between Software And An API; Declares APIs Copyrightable

    05/12/2014 1:55:35 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 20 replies
    techdirt ^ | 9 May 2014 | Mike Masnick
    We sort of expected this to happen after the appeals court for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held its oral arguments back in December, but CAFC has now spit at basic common sense and has declared that you can copyright an API. As we noted, back when Judge William Alsup (who learned to code Java to better understand the issues in the case) ruled that APIs were not subject to copyright protection, his ruling was somewhat unique in that it was clearly directed as much at an appeals court panel who would be hearing the appeal as it was at the...
  • Congress Ignores Terms of Copyright Clause

    04/30/2014 6:49:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Derek Khanna
    Today R Street Institute released a report on copyright duration entitled "Guarding Against Abuse – Restoring Constitutional Copyright." Copyrights are intended to encourage creative works through the mechanism of a statutorily created limited property right. Under both economic and legal analysis, they are recognized as a form of government-granted monopoly. "The limited scope of the copyright holder's statutory monopoly ... reflects a balance of competing claims upon the public interest: Creative work is to be encouraged and rewarded, but private motivation must ultimately serve the cause of promoting broad public availability of literature, music, and the other arts. The immediate...
  • U.S. music labels sue Pandora over royalties for golden oldies (pre-1972 recordings)

    04/23/2014 5:52:00 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies
    reuters ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Joseph Ax
    ...The plaintiffs include Vivendi SA's Capitol Records Inc and UMG Recordings Inc, Sony Corp's Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp and ABKCO Music & Records Inc... ...Federal copyright law does not apply to pre-1972 recordings, but the plaintiffs say New York state law provides copyright protection for such recordings... ..."If we are required to obtain licenses for pre-1972 sound recordings to avoid liability and are unable to secure such licenses, then we may have to remove pre-1972 sound recordings from our service, which could harm our ability to attract and retain users," the company said in a regulatory filing...
  • Woman shocked to find out her Facebook pictures being used in prostitution ads

    03/26/2014 6:17:34 PM PDT · by kingattax · 65 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3-26-14 | Will Lerner
    21-year-old Dallas Miller received an awkward email from her friend. The White Creek, Tennessee resident was told that her face was showing up in advertisements on Backpage.com for prostitution. As WKRN ABC News 2 reports, there are some problems with this: 1) Dallas isn’t a prostitute. 2) She never gave her permission to have her pictures used in ads for prostitution, because, as I just mentioned, she isn’t a prostitute. Dallas’ pictures show up in an ad that, in part, reads, “best time of your life 100% guaranteed satisfaction [phone number redacted] OUTCALL ONLY – 21.” Ms. Miller told WKRN,...
  • I've Received a Copyright Infringement Notice at my business..what do I do?

    03/03/2014 5:24:28 PM PST · by The Louiswu · 82 replies
    Me | 3/3/14 | Louiswu
    I received a notice of Copyright Infringement at my office today. It says someone downloaded a file called Let It Snow on 2/22/14 at 7:49GMT and the ip address listed is 173.23.1.91. I am really concerned and don't know what my first step should be in combating this problem. Does anyone have any advice about this, I would greatly appreciate any help with this matter.
  • Google ordered to remove anti-Islamic film from YouTube

    02/26/2014 10:22:33 AM PST · by massmike · 65 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com/ ^ | 02/26/2014 | Jonathan Stempel and Dan Levine
    A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ordered Google Inc to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests across the Muslim world. By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected Google's assertion that the removal of the film "Innocence of Muslims," amounted to a prior restraint of speech that violated the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiff, Cindy Lee Garcia, had objected to the film after learning that it incorporated a clip she had made for a different movie, which had been partially dubbed and in which she...
  • Spain to force search engines to pay to display some conten

    02/22/2014 6:17:51 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 18, 2014 M | Reuters
    MADRID: News media companies in Spain will be able to charge search engines such as Google for displaying copyrighted content under a new law proposed by the Spanish government on Friday. The measure echoes similar drives around Europe. Publishers in Portugal, France, Belgium and Germany have pushed for compensation in some form or another for links, snippets, headlines and lead paragraphs that appear in news search engines and aggregators such as Google News and Yahoo! news. The search engines draw revenue from advertising placed near news content and media companies have fought for a share of it. The new rule...
  • What Could Have Entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2014?

    12/31/2013 11:19:07 AM PST · by zeugma · 40 replies
    What Could Have Entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2014? Under the law that existed until 1978 . . . Works from 1957 The books On the Road, Atlas Shrugged, and The Cat in the Hat, the films The Bridge on the River Kwai, Funny Face, and The Prince and the Showgirl, the play Endgame (“Fin de Partie”), and more. . . Congress Shrugged 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...
  • Thousands of Porn Watchers Have Names Released to Public

    12/15/2013 11:15:57 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2013 | David Harding
    The release of names is a big mistake, say some lawyers, based on the court not knowing the difference between streaming and downloading copyrighted material.Thousands of porn watchers have had their personal details released by a German court. Some 20,000 people who watched porn on a U.S.-based website have had their names and addresses released by a court and could end up paying a fine. Cease and desist letters were sent to people who had accessed the smut site, Redtube. They were traced after a German court released their personal details in a case where people were claiming videos had...
  • North Korea 'publicly executes 80 people'

    11/11/2013 11:10:52 AM PST · by nuconvert · 26 replies
    North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. -excerpt- In the eastern port of Wonsan, the authorities gathered 10,000 people in a sports stadium to watch the execution of eight people by firing squad, the source quoted one eyewitness as saying.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean, V2.0

    10/30/2013 6:40:21 AM PDT · by Bobalu · 11 replies
    Contrapositive Diary ^ | Oct 29th, 2013 | Jeff Duntemann
    I originally thought it was a hoax when I heard about it this past January. It sure sounded like one. But it’s for real: The World Trade Organization has given the otherwise unexceptional Caribbean nation of Antigua permission to sell US copyrighted content, without any payment to copyright owners.
  • Biz Break: Google, Facebook and Instagram risk user backlash with privacy changes

    10/11/2013 6:09:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/11/2013 | Jeremy C. Owens
    Google announced Friday that it would begin placing users' activity and photos into advertisements and recommendations seen by the account-holders' Google+ contacts, similar to Facebook's "Sponsored Stories," which led to a class-action lawsuit that cost the Menlo Park company $20 million and forced it to offer members an option to opt out of such uses. "For example, your friends might see that you rated an album 4 stars on the band's Google Play page. And the +1 you gave your favorite local bakery could be included in an ad that the bakery runs through Google," the Mountain View search giant...
  • Sarah Palin and her PAC slapped with federal lawsuit for using iconic 9/11 photo

    09/13/2013 11:19:26 PM PDT · by Windflier · 116 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 13 September 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    <p>Sarah Palin and her political action committee have been named in a copyright infringement lawsuit over the use of an iconic 9/11 photo.</p> <p>The newspaper publisher North Jersey Media Group Inc. is suing the former Alaska governor for posting a copy of the image on Palin’s SarahPAC website and her personal Facebook page without permission.</p>
  • Harper Lee reaches settlement in ‘Mockingbird’ copyright case

    09/07/2013 7:03:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9-6-13 | Rich Colder
    Harper Lee, the aging author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has reached a settlement in principle on a lawsuit alleging she was scammed into signing over the copyright to her classic novel by an unscrupulous literary agent who took advantage of her failing hearing and eyesight, a lawyer in the case says. Lee had filed suit in May against Samuel Pinkus and others — including disgraced journalist Gerald Posner — to reclaim the copyright. However, dismissal papers were filed in Manhattan federal court today by Lee’s lawyer removing both Posner and Lee Ann Winick, Pinkus’ wife and another defendant, of...
  • Nike Reacts to Racism Claims

    08/19/2013 5:12:35 PM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 22 replies
    Vogue ^ | 8/19/2013 | Ella Alexander
    NIKE has pulled a pair of leggings after the design was criticized for being racist. The monochrome print, which features on the label's Pro Tattoo Tech Tights, has caused controversy in Australia and New Zealand for its similarity to the traditional Samoan Pe'a male tattoo.
  • Trayvon's parents continue to blame laws, demand changes

    08/05/2013 6:09:57 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 25 replies
    8/5/2013
    Why, Mr. Moderator, is this article found to be objectionable by you? Removing legitimate news articles from legitimate sources should not be the rule here on Free Republic. And, incidentally, it's not free as I contribute to the website on a regular basis.
  • W3C presses ahead with DRM interface in HTML5

    05/13/2013 8:53:48 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    The H On-line ^ | 11 MaY 2013 | djwm
    On Friday, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the first public draft of Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). EME enables content providers to integrate digital rights management (DRM) interfaces into HTML5-based media players. Encrypted Media Extensions is being developed jointly by Google, Microsoft and online streaming-service Netflix. No actual encryption algorithm is part of the draft; that element is designed to be contained in a CDM (Content Decryption Module) that works with EME to decode the content. CDMs may be plugins or built into browsers. The publication of the new draft is a blow for critics of the extensions, led...
  • Copyright troll Righthaven finally, completely dead

    05/09/2013 12:27:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies
    arstechnica (can't be posted to FR per copyright complaint) | May 9, 2013 | by Nate Anderson
    "Never had standing to sue, Ninth Circuit confirms." http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/copyright-troll-righthaven-finally-completely-dead/
  • Does Prenda Believe In No-Win Scenarios? Because Judge Wright Just Gave Them One.

    05/07/2013 12:15:51 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 10 replies
    Popehat.com ^ | May 6, 2013 | Ken Whithe
    Watchers of the Prenda Law saga have been waiting for United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II to issue an order in the wake of his apocalyptic hearing on proposed sanctions against Prenda Law, its putative client entities, and its lawyers. During that wait, doubt has set in. Could Judge Wright's order, after all this drama, possibly live up to expectations? Could any dry memorandum capture the jaw-dropping antics that have come before? Yeeeeop. This afternoon Judge Wright issued an annihilating, hull-breaching order against Prenda Law, its principals, and its plaintiff entities. How does a federal judge assure that...
  • Harper Lee sues agent over To Kill a Mockingbird copyright

    05/04/2013 1:41:37 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 98 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | May 4, 2013 | David Batty
    Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, has sued her literary agent for allegedly duping her into assigning him the copyright on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. In the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan, Lee says Samuel Pinkus, the son-in-law of Lee's long-time agent, Eugene Winick, took advantage of her failing hearing and eyesight to transfer the rights on the book, which has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and became an Oscar-winning film. The 87-year-old says she has no memory of agreeing to relinquish her rights or signing the agreement that cements the purported transfer.
  • But Seriously — Who Holds the Bible’s Copyright?

    04/03/2013 3:43:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 671 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 2, 2013 | JOHN ZMIRAK
    Q: Okay, so what is the Christian account of how revelation occurred?As Elmer Fudd might say, “Vewy, vewy swowly.” Divine revelation didn’t happen in a blinding flash—such as God dropping the Summa Theologiae on top of a mountain and waiting for people to invent the Latin language so they could read it. (Though He could have given them magical spectacles that would translate it for them….) It seems that God preferred to slowly unfold His personality and His will for us through the course of tangled, messy human history. We might wonder why, and call up the divine customer service...
  • Prenda Law's Attorneys Take The Fifth Rather Than Answer Judge Wright's Questions (Copyright trolls)

    04/03/2013 10:56:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    popehat.com ^ | 4-2-2013 | Ken
    Today the Prenda Law enterprise encountered an extinction-level event. Faced with a federal judge's demand that they explain their litigation conduct, Prenda Law's attorney principals — and one paralegal — invoked their right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. As a matter of individual prudence, that may have been the right decision. But for the nationwide Prenda Law enterprise, under whatever name or guise or glamour, it spelled doom. -Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here- The crowd gathered early outside of the courtroom of United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II. As before,...
  • AP wins big: Why a court said clipping content is not fair use

    03/23/2013 2:45:47 PM PDT · by PastorBooks · 30 replies
    paidcontent.org ^ | March 22, 2013 | Jeff John Roberts
    Link only due to the subject of the article.
  • Meet the fired Republican staffer who's taking on Hollywood over internet freedom

    03/20/2013 8:41:58 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 10, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    Back in November of last year, Republican staffer Derek Khanna faced a dilemma that, unlike the problems faced by many of his peers in the GOP, had nothing to do with the election. Specifically, Khanna had authored a memo on copyright reform for his then-employers, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) that shot down three “myths of copyright” – that is, that “the purpose of copyright is to compensate the creator of the content,” that “copyright is the free market at work,” and that “the current copyright legal regime leads to the greatest innovation and productivity.” Khanna’s memo was meant to...
  • High Court Rules in Favor of Book Reseller [6-3]

    03/19/2013 8:37:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    http://online.wsj.com ^ | 03-19-2013 | By BRENT KENDALL
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a setback to publishers, ruling in favor of a Thai student who bought inexpensive foreign-edition textbooks and resold them to U.S. students on eBay. The high court rejected arguments by publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc., which accused Supap Kirtsaeng, a former University of Southern California Ph.D. student, of infringing its copyrights on several works, including textbooks on physics, organic chemistry and engineering. The Asian versions of those books were marked with warnings that they were intended for sale only in certain foreign regions. U.S. law has long held that in principle, once...
  • Update: Six Strikes Program Delayed Until 2013

    01/03/2013 9:10:57 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    EyeOnIP ^ | December 12, 2012 | Sheldon Mak & Anderson
    The rollout of the Copyright Alert System will be delayed until early 2013, according to the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The system, also referred to as the “Six Strikes” program, is intended to deter copyright infringement committed through illegal file sharing. CCI indicates that the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is largely to blame for the delays. "Due to unexpected factors largely stemming from Hurricane Sandy which have seriously affected our final testing schedules, CCI anticipates that the participating ISPs will begin sending alerts under the Copyright Alert System in the early part of 2013, rather than by the...
  • Did You Really Think Facebook Wouldn't Turn Your Instagram Photos Into Ads?

    12/18/2012 12:42:47 PM PST · by beaversmom · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 18, 2012 | Robert Hof
    Instagram just set off a bomb inside its new privacy policy and terms of service. New wording essentially makes it possible to turn people’s photos posted after Jan. 16 using Instagram into advertisements. In other words, that sutro-toned picture of your beloved Lhasa apso freshly coiffed after her grooming might well become an ad for Classy Canine Dog Salon. The language at issue: [Y]ou hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service, except that you can control who can view certain of...
  • Archaeologist Suing Makers of Indiana Jones, Claiming Their Crystal Skull is Too Accurate

    12/10/2012 7:12:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    IO9 ^ | Dec 9, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Archaeologist suing makers of Indiana Jones, claiming their Crystal Skull is too accurate Can a fantastical movie be too historically accurate? Dr. Jaime Awe, director of the Institute of Archeology of Belize, has filed suit against Lucasfilm and Paramount Pictures claiming that the prop skull from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull bears a striking resemblance to one of the "real" Crystal Skulls originally discovered in Belize. So why is that a problem? Well, according to Awe, the skull was stolen, and the filmmakers are profitting off of ill-gotten goods. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of...
  • GOP fires author of copyright reform paper

    12/10/2012 8:49:45 AM PST · by ksen · 27 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | 12/7/2012 | Cory Doctorow
    Derek Khanna, the Republican House staffer who wrote an eminently sensible paper on copyright reform that was retracted less than a day later has been fired. So much for the GOP's drive to attract savvy, net-centric young voters. After all, this is the party that put SOPA's daddy in charge of the House Tech and Science Committee. But it's pretty terrible for Khanna -- what a shabby way of dealing with dissent within your ranks. Staffer axed by Republican group over retracted copyright-reform memo [Timothy B. Lee/Ars Technica] (via /.)
  • How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

    12/09/2012 1:14:03 AM PST · by Usagi_yo · 13 replies
    Harvard Business Review ^ | 12/7/2012 | James Allworth
    If there's been one topic that has entirely dominated the post-election landscape, it's the fiscal cliff. Will taxes be raised? Which programs will be cut? Who will blink first in negotiations? For all the talk of the fiscal cliff, however, I believe the US is facing a much more serious problem, one that has simply not been talked about at all: corruption. But this isn't the overt, "bartering of government favors in return for private kickbacks" corruption. Instead, this type of corruption has actually been legalized. And it is strangling both US competitiveness, and the ability for US firms to...
  • GOP sides with Mickey Mouse on copyright reform

    12/08/2012 12:36:35 PM PST · by seacapn · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 5, 2012 | Tim Carney
    Illegally downloading a couple dozen songs can earn you a million-dollar fine. Setting some Robert Frost verses to music can make you a criminal. Software or hardware that could possibly be used to copy DVDs -- illegal. And thanks to congressional action every couple of decades, Disney still holds a copyright over Mickey Mouse, whom Walt first created nearly a century ago. The law and law enforcement around copyright has moved far beyond its purpose of promoting arts and sciences and has become a textbook case of collusion between big business and big government. If Republicans took on this issue,...
  • Stop! Don't Copy and Paste that 'Copyright' Facebook Message

    11/26/2012 10:50:42 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 5 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/26/12 | Joanna Stern
    "In response to the new Facebook guidelines, I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!" You may have seen that very message pop up -- perhaps time and time again -- in your Facebook feed. The message has been making the rounds on the social network. It encourages people to copy and paste the text and post it on their own walls if they want...
  • RSC Policy Brief: Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix It

    11/16/2012 11:46:08 PM PST · by Utmost Certainty · 28 replies
    Republican Study Committee ^ | November 16, 2012 | Republican Study Committee
    Outline/Summary: This paper will analyze current US Copyright Law by examining three myths on copyright law and possible reforms to copyright law that will lead to more economic development for the private sector and to a copyright law that is more firmly based upon constitutional principles. 1. The purpose of copyright is to compensate the creator of the content:It’s a common misperception that the Constitution enables our current legal regime of copyright protection – in fact, it does not. The Constitution’s clause on Copyright and patents states:“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times...
  • Gibson remains CEO of Righthaven, appeals to continue

    11/01/2012 11:27:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    vegas inc ^ | 31 October 2012 | Steve Green
    The Righthaven LLC copyright lawsuit saga will continue indefinitely after a judge on Wednesday blocked efforts to have Righthaven's CEO fired and its appeals canceled. Righthaven is known for filing 275 no-warning lawsuits in 2010 and 2011 in partnership with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post. As a company, as opposed to being a law firm, Righthaven had acquired copyrights from the newspapers for lawsuit purposes. It sued individuals, companies and nonprofits it claimed infringed on the copyrights by posting content from the newspapers online without authorization. The company essentially shut down last year after judges in three...
  • President Pledges He Will Save Big Bird

    10/13/2012 12:35:38 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 26 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 Oct 2012 | John Semmens
    Gloating over what they consider a “colossal blunder,” the Obama campaign has launched a series of ads promising that Obama will save the Sesame Street character from “extinction” at the hands of the GOP. Obama Campaign spokesperson, Jennifer Psaki boasted that “the cruel side of Governor Romney is now on display for every voter with school-aged children to see. The idea that he would even consider defunding this American icon is the unkindest cut of all. We won't let voters forget it.” Whether Big Bird or Sesame Street would face extinction without federal subsidies seems dubious. The Sesame Street operation...