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Chinese pirates launch Ubuntu that looks exactly like Windows XP

Chinese pirates launch Ubuntu that looks exactly like Windows XP

From the Chinese pirate masters of the non-sea-faring variety comes... Ylmf OS! Not happy with pirating Windows XP itself, these creative Chinese have gone one step further and hacked Ubuntu to look exactly like Windows XP. Why have they moved to Ubuntu? Because their previous release, a pirate version of Windows XP itself, is being cracked down [...]

Microsoft loses appeal of XML patent

Microsoft loses appeal of XML patent

Microsoft has lost an appeal in a patent case that will force it to alter Microsoft Word to avoid an injunction on sales of the product. Microsoft lost a patent case involving a company called I4i in May, after a jury ruled that Microsoft infringed one of i4i's patents with a custom XML feature found in Word. In August an injunction was placed [...]

Heavy illegal downloaders buy more music

Heavy illegal downloaders buy more music

A new British independent poll conducted by Ipsos Mori concluded that the people who do the most illegal downloading also buy the most music. This is in line with many other studies elsewhere and is easy to understand: people who are music superfans do more of everything to do with music: they see more live shows, listen to more radio, buy more [...]

EFF launches Hall of Shame for copyright abusers

EFF launches Hall of Shame for copyright abusers

Today, EFF is launching our new 'Takedown Hall of Shame' project, which collects the worst and most shameful examples of bogus DMCA takedowns. We've got everything from the recent Ralph Lauren takedown to Michael Savage's attempts to silence critics to a video NPR tried to remove just last week! "Free speech in the 21st century often depends on [...]

HOWTO: Host your very own Windows 7 torrenting party

Celebrate the launch of Windows 7 by illegally downloading your very own copy!

Why “cutting people off” online because a record exec says they’re file-sharers is dumb

Why “cutting people off” online because a record exec says they’re file-sharers is dumb

The British ISP TalkTalk has produced a compelling case against the government's plans to disconnect whole households from the Internet if the copyright industry accuses them -- without proving anything in court -- of three acts of infringement. TalkTalk picked a random street in North London and showed that 23 of the households in that road were [...]

RIAA’s in-school propaganda asks kids to act as unpaid PR staff

RIAA’s in-school propaganda asks kids to act as unpaid PR staff

The RIAA has updated its Music Rules! school program -- which contains blatant falsehoods about copyright. The new version asks kids to act as unpaid PR staff: "Take your campaign a step further by contacting the editor of your community newspaper or the director of your community cable television station to see if you can submit an article or [...]

William Patry’s MORAL PANICS AND THE COPYRIGHT WARS: Elegant, calm, reasonable history of the copyfight

William Patry’s MORAL PANICS AND THE COPYRIGHT WARS: Elegant, calm, reasonable history of the copyfight

Few people are as qualified to write a book about the copyright wars as William Patry: former copyright counsel to the US House of Reps, advisor the Register of Copyrights, Senior Copyright Counsel for Google, and author of the seven-volume Patry on Copyright, widely held to be the single most authoritative work on US copyright ever [...]

Microsoft and a “patent checkmate” of my dreams

Microsoft and a “patent checkmate” of my dreams

Microsoft tried to auction off some patents that they claim relate to Linux. Patent trolls could have bought them. Instead Open Invention Network (OIN) got them. Why would Microsoft wish to get rid of 22 patents that it presumably could sue Linux over? Let's try to imagine what might have happened. Let's pretend you are Microsoft, and you want [...]

Copyright enforcement versus privacy

Copyright enforcement versus privacy

In a Calgary Herald op-ed, Kris Kotarski talks about the fundamental conflict between modern copyright enforcement and privacy, noting that in the pre-Internet days, "it was conceivable for copyright laws to be enforced in a manner that did not bring the state to anyone's doorstep." Whereas today, the entertainment industry has arrived at a [...]

Music downloading penalties are harsher than arson, theft, or starting a dogfighting ring

Music downloading penalties are harsher than arson, theft, or starting a dogfighting ring

Let's take a look at the $1.92m fine Jammie Thomas faces for downloading 1700 songs and compare it to the penalties for other crimes in America (valuing jail time at $50,233, the median US household income in 2007): Child abduction: Fine of $25,000 and up to three years in prison, which can be accounted as $50,233 per year (that was the [...]

“I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist” campaign for photographers’ rights

“I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist” campaign for photographers’ rights

The Photographer Not a Terrorist campaign is a new British organization devoted to helping photographers whom the authorities have busted or harassed for being potential terrorists, kidnapping innocent photons with deadly light-sensors. They've got a "bust card" explaining your rights to you and the officers you interact with, as well as a [...]

XML is a specialized alphabet that can capture any kind of computer file as a regular text.

XML is a specialized alphabet that can capture any kind of computer file as a regular text.

I4i, which mainly makes software for drug and defense companies, obtained the patent for a "customized XML" tool in 1998. XML is a specialized alphabet that can capture any kind of computer file as a regular text. Microsoft started using XML as an alternative way to save Word files in Word 2003 and made it the default format for all Office [...]

Associated Press will sell you a license to quote the public domain

Associated Press will sell you a license to quote the public domain

I think it could be quite humorous to extract an easily recognizable quote from some extremely litigious rights holder, submit it to the AP's incredibly stupid application and get permission from the AP clearly stating that they own the copyright AND have given you permission to use it. Let the fun begin. There is NO excuse for the way the [...]

High school student suing Amazon over book deletions which rendered his notes useless

High school student suing Amazon over book deletions which rendered his notes useless

High school student Justin Gawronski is suing Amazon for deleting his Kindle copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four, because in so doing, they messed the annotations he'd created to the text for class (the annotations say things like "remember this paragraph for class" but the paragraph in question has been deleted)... The case is intended to become [...]

I now pronounce you monetized: A YouTube video case study

I now pronounce you monetized: A YouTube video case study

Last week the world watched in wonder as Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz's wedding party transformed a familiar and predictable tradition into something spontaneous and just flat-out fun. The video, set to R&B star Chris Brown's hypnotic dance jam "Forever," became an overnight sensation, accumulating more than 10 million views on YouTube in [...]

Who is copyright for?

Who is copyright for?

Here's Google's senior copyright counsel, William "Patry on Copyright" Patry, with a pithy little zinger about the idea that copyright law is made for creators: While one hears, constantly, corporate chieftains claiming that they're out there fighting for the creators, we all know that is b.s.: the creators are merely an expense item on a balance [...]

Wal-Mart’s Twitter Account Comes with a 3,379-word Terms of Use Agreement

Wal-Mart’s Twitter Account Comes with a 3,379-word Terms of Use Agreement

Only lawyers, EULA collectors and legal obsessives will find this funny, but it cracked me up: care to access the 140-character pearls of wisdom streaming forth from Wal-Mart's Twitter account? Well, first you have to agree to the 3,379-word Terms of Use agreement that comes with it. I know, I know, a lot of big corporate entities on social [...]

New Linux patch could circumvent Microsoft FAT patents

New Linux patch could circumvent Microsoft FAT patents

Microsoft's recent lawsuit against TomTom, alleging infringement of file system patents, has left many questions unanswered about the legal implications of distributing open source implementations of Microsoft's FAT file system. A new Linux kernel patch that was published last week offers a workaround that might make it possible to continue [...]

The Pirate Bay sold!

The Pirate Bay sold!

Software company Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) says it is in the process of acquiring The Pirate Bay and file-sharing technology company Peerialism. GGF claims to have the biggest network of internet cafés and gaming centers in the world. The changeover of ownership is scheduled for August 2009, whereby GGF will take over the operation of the [...]

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