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America’s copyright scholars speak out against PROTECT-IP bill

America’s copyright scholars speak out against PROTECT-IP bill

Eugene Volokh, David Levine, and Mark Lemley and a group of more than 90 prominent IP law professors have signed a letter objecting to the far-reaching PROTECT-IP bill, introduced by Senators Leahy, Shumer, Grassley, Feinstein, Whitehouse, Graham, Kohl, Coons and Blumenthal. PROTECT-IP is your basic bat shit insane Internet law that would [...]

Federal judge: Open WiFi doesn’t make you liable for your neighbors’ misdeeds

Federal judge: Open WiFi doesn’t make you liable for your neighbors’ misdeeds

A Federal judge in Illinois has once again rebuffed a copyright troll's request for easy court orders to allow him to connect IP addresses with people. The judge said that open wireless networks and other factors make the connection between IP addresses and defendants difficult, and that making it easy to connect people and IPs would invite [...]

Understanding the legal sleaze behind the bulk copyright lawsuits

Understanding the legal sleaze behind the bulk copyright lawsuits

Cnet's Greg Sandoval interviews Cindy Cohn, the legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on the bulk copyright lawsuits coming out of big US law firms. Cindy is my favorite legal explainer in the world (she's one of the people who changed my mind about DRM!), and this is her in great form: Q: You guys have challenged Dunlap on [...]

Blu-ray falls: HDCP key crack confirmed

Blu-ray falls: HDCP key crack confirmed

Intel has confirmed that the rumored master key crack for HDCP (the high-definition video "copy protection" used in Blu-Ray, high def consoles, and many game consoles) is real. Blu-Ray and other systems that rely on HDCP are now terminally compromised. As a practical matter, the most likely scenario for a hacker would be to create a computer chip [...]

Latest leaked draft of secret copyright treaty: US trying to cram DRM rules down the world’s throats

Latest leaked draft of secret copyright treaty: US trying to cram DRM rules down the world’s throats

Michael Geist writes in with the latest news on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the secret, closed-door copyright treaty that will bring US-style copyright rules (and worse) to the whole world. Particularly disturbing is the growing support for "three-strikes" copyright rules that would disconnect whole families from the [...]

Federal judge says you can break DRM if you’re not doing so to infringe copyright

Federal judge says you can break DRM if you’re not doing so to infringe copyright

Here's some remarkable news: a judge in a New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Appeals Court has ruled that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's ban on breaking DRM only applies if you break DRM in order to violate copyright law. This is a complete reversal of earlier rulings across the country (and completely opposite to the approach that the US [...]

“Yes Men” documentary goes online via Bittorrent to evade censorship

“Yes Men” documentary goes online via Bittorrent to evade censorship

Prankster activists The Yes Men are sick of having the videos depicting their shenanigans taken down through copyright complaints, so they've put the latest video, a full-length doc called The Yes Men Fix the World up as a torrent file through VODO, resistant to censorship and easy to get. VODO's sixth release is the special Peer-To-Peer [...]

Official “This website seized by feds” graphic

Official “This website seized by feds” graphic

Check out the new US Government official takedown graphic-- the thing you'll see when a filesharing site (or some similar site which has run afoul of the law) is yanked. The example here can also be seen on tvshack.net, one of nine websites recently seized by the feds over pirated movies. The warrants for those takedowns were issued in [...]

The Pirate Party: We will host The Pirate Bay inside the Swedish parliament

The Pirate Party: We will host The Pirate Bay inside the Swedish parliament

I wonder if this will last? The Swedish Pirate Party: We want to make use of parliamentary immunity from prosecution to protect The Pirate Bay. The Pirate Party recently started to deliver Internet bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, a bittorrent search engine. It is a website that helps people to share digital content, regardless of form. Since The [...]

“The Hurt Locker” producers about to sue an army of pirates

“The Hurt Locker” producers about to sue an army of pirates

Voltage Pictures, the production company behind The Hurt Locker, is gearing up to sue thousands—no, tens of thousands—of individuals who pirated the film online. Get ready for a huge escalation in the war on P2P. The suit could hit as early as tomorrow, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as Voltage teams up with the US Copyright Group to [...]

U.S. Lets Hollywood Disable Home TV Outputs to Prevent Piracy

U.S. Lets Hollywood Disable Home TV Outputs to Prevent Piracy

The film industry can block outputs on home television equipment so studios can offer first-run movies while preventing viewers from making illicit copies, U.S. regulators said. Temporarily disabling the outputs will "enable a new business model" that wouldn’t develop in the absence of such anti-piracy protection, the Federal Communications [...]

anadian Prime Minister promises to enact a Canadian DMCA in six weeks

anadian Prime Minister promises to enact a Canadian DMCA in six weeks

Months of public debate over the future of Canadian copyright law were quietly decided earlier this week, when sources say the Prime Minister's Office reached a verdict over the direction of the next copyright bill. The PMO was forced to make the call after Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore and Industry Minister Tony Clement were unable to [...]

Hitler’s back… and pissed off about fair use

Hitler's back and he's pissed to discover that parodies of the bunker scene from Downfall have been removed without regard to the fair use provisions of US copyright law.

Copying is not theft

Big Media has been producing (mis)educational videos since it's early non-hit, "Don't Copy That Floppy." Most of us have seen those "Piracy: It's a Crime" clips that incorrectly equate downloading with stealing. The Copyright Alliance offers a whole series of propaganda videos for school children. It's no surprise that Big Media is ahead of ahead [...]

Paramount Pictures sells DRM-tastic hard drives pre-loaded with movies, crippleware

Paramount Pictures sells DRM-tastic hard drives pre-loaded with movies, crippleware

Paramount Pictures will sell 500-gig Seagate drives loaded with the 2009 movie "Star Trek" (and the option to load 20 other films) for $100. According to reports, that promotional pricing will only be available for a month, then prices jump. Ah, but there's a catch! Windows, and a DRM system that presumably prevents you from doing stuff like [...]

Machine that puts together a book from a .PDF in minutes

I compulsively horde ebooks for the day when someone invents epaper, hopefully this machine will become affordable first.

Tell the copyright czar how US enforcement should work

Tell the copyright czar how US enforcement should work

You've got nine days left to file comments for Victoria Espinel, the Obama administration's new copyright enforcement czar, and her department's inquiry on how the US should best enforce copyrights. Given that the president himself has spoken out in favor of the secret and sinister Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (a.k.a. ACTA -- a punishing [...]

Olympic bullying drives goggle manufacturer to verse

Olympic bullying drives goggle manufacturer to verse

UVEX, the ski goggle manufacturer, got a nastygram from an Olympics Committee IP lawyer, forbidding them from using any images, or even mentioning, that gold medal winner Lindsey Vonn uses their equipment. So UVEX turned to verse: Blonde Who Uses Our Stuff Wins Downhill (Last Name Rhymes With "Bonn") There once was a lawyer from the [...]

Critical Commons vs. Hitler: resource for free/open media and fair use

Critical Commons has created its own entry in the great Hitler in the bunker remix meme. Steve Anderson sez, "The video is also promoting the fair use advocacy site Critical Commons, which is a fair use advocacy and media sharing site, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. This is currently the most radical media-sharing site on the open internet. [...]

Netflix Is Losing New Release Rentals

Netflix Is Losing New Release Rentals

Bad news, Netflix customers: Warner Bros. and Netflix have just made an agreement to delay all new release rentals by 28 days so people will keep buying DVDs. Or, as is more likely, turn to piracy. The upside of the deal is that Warner is offering up more movies for streaming on Netflix to make up for the lack of new releases. But don't expect [...]

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