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‘copywrong’ Archives

How long before Microsoft sues pornstar Carmella Bing?

How long before Microsoft sues pornstar Carmella Bing?

I vaguely remember a number of lawsuits over the years of Microsoft vs "The Little Guy." One that I distinctly remember was Microsoft vs. MikeRoweSoft. It was a legal dispute between Microsoft and a Canadian high school student named Mike Rowe over the domain name MikeRoweSoft.com. The case received international press attention following [...]

Student challenges his professor and wins right to post source code he wrote for class

Student challenges his professor and wins right to post source code he wrote for class

Thanks to some perseverance and asking the right questions, SJSU professors are now prohibited from barring students from posting their code solutions online, as well as penalizing their students for doing so. A win for students, programmers, and copyfighters nationwide! Kyle's a student at San Jose State University who was threatened with a [...]

Fashion-Incubator: a good idea while it lasted

Fashion-Incubator: a good idea while it lasted

"The Design Piracy Prohibition Act is very, very scary to all of us in the apparel industry. There are millions of jobs at stake if this legislation passes, and this act is simply being pushed by a handful of wealthy celebrity designers who continually pirate the "little guys" designs anyway. Basically, this act will kill my business along with [...]

Cambridge study: DRM turns users into pirates

Cambridge study: DRM turns users into pirates

A long and deep study of user behaviour in the UK by a Cambridge prof confirms that when an honest person tries to do something legal that is blocked by Digital Rights Management technology, it encourages the person to start downloading infringing copies for free from the net, since these copies are all DRM-free. Akester's new paper, [...]

DJ Danger Mouse’s new album will be released as a blank CD-R

DJ Danger Mouse’s new album will be released as a blank CD-R

EMI has told Danger Mouse that his latest CD won't see the light of day due to "legal issues," so he's responding by releasing the disc as a blank CD-R in a jewel case with art and liner notes. Fans can just download the music off a P2P site and burn it to the CD-R. Dark Night Of The Soul, a collaboration with rock group Sparklehorse, also [...]

Business Software Alliance says that adopting copyright treaties doesn’t decrease piracy

Business Software Alliance says that adopting copyright treaties doesn’t decrease piracy

Copyright laws don't reduce piracy. In other news: raindances don't cause rain. The Business Software Alliance is out today with their annual report on global piracy in 2008. The data shows declining numbers in many countries (the report covers 110 countries), though there is an overall increase due to very high rates in parts of the world.Two [...]

MPAA to teachers: Don’t rip DVDs… just record your television with a camcorder

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Fred von Lohmann sez, "Hearings for the DMCA triennial rulemaking are going on this week in DC, where the educational community is asking for an exemption to rip DVDs to take clips for classroom use. The MPAA responded with a video showing how to camcord (!) movies from a flat screen monitor, arguing that [...]

Warner Music claims Larry Lessig is a pirate

Warner Music claims Larry Lessig is a pirate

Last night, Larry Lessig tweeted that Warner Music had sent a takedown notice to YouTube over one of his presentations, claiming that it infringed their copyright. Lessig, of course, is one of the nation's leading legal scholars, particularly when it comes to fair use and electronic media. His presentations are filled with examples of companies [...]

The Pirate Bay Introduces Facebook App

The Pirate Bay Introduces Facebook App

Here’s a development from The Pirate Bay crew that is bound to send shock waves through the entertainment industry. Over the weekend, The Pirate Bay quietly released a new feature that enables direct torrent linking to a user's Facebook profile. There’s never been anything preventing a torrent link on Facebook, so the concept itself isn’t [...]

The Pirate Google: Google is as guilty of linking to torrents as The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Google: Google is as guilty of linking to torrents as The Pirate Bay

When The Pirate Bay was ordered shut down by the Swedish courts because it linked to infringing torrents on the Internet, many people pointed out that Google links to whole mountains' -- whole planets' -- worth of infringing stuff. Now, to make the point, comes The Pirate Google, a Google mashup that finds torrent files: "The intention of this [...]

Pirate Bay judge had conflict of interest: Mistrial?

Pirate Bay judge had conflict of interest: Mistrial?

According to Swedish National Radio, the judge in the Pirate Bay trial is a board member for a copyright industry lobbying group, and this conflict of interest may result in a mistrial. The Swedish article has been translated into English on Freeform 101 by a Dane, and is a little rough: There are different types of ____ ('jäv', translation help [...]

The Pirate Bay FTW

The Pirate Bay FTW

TPB FTW So the first verdict finally came, almost 3 years after the raid. You might have heard about it in the news... You, our beloved users, know that this little speedbump on the information super highway is nothing more than just, a little bump. Todays verdict has already been appealed by us and will be taken to the next level of court [...]

The Real Pirate Bay

The Real Pirate Bay

Set up a torrent tracker, get fined, go to jail. Join a bank, destroy the economy, profit. Let's draw out the distinction. The Pirate Bay guys were criminally prosecuted for....violating (largely obsolete) copyright. Almost no one in finance has been held even civilly liable for vastly more economically damaging actions. On the one [...]

Swedish Pirate Party membership surges after Pirate Bay verdict

Swedish Pirate Party membership surges after Pirate Bay verdict

Yesterday's Swedish court ruling sentencing the Pirate Bay defendants to a year in prison caused membership in Sweden's Pirate Party to swell, attracting 3,000 members in seven hours. Its membership now sits at around 18,000, which makes it a respectable size in Swedish politics. The tough sentence on Pirate Bay clearly shows that Piratpartiet [...]

Swedish museum puts Pirate Bay server on display

Swedish museum puts Pirate Bay server on display

The server from the popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay confiscated in a police raid last year went on display Thursday at the National Museum of Science and Technology, it said. "This is an object of contemporary society and a museum collects such items," curator Nils Olander told AFP. "And it is a part of our mission as a museum [...]

Obama may have turned the Queen of England into a copyright crook

Obama may have turned the Queen of England into a copyright crook

...from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: "EFF's Fred Von Lohmann asks whether President Obama broke any laws when he gave an iPod loaded with music and video to the Queen." First, let's imagine that the President (or his staff) bought the 40 show tunes from the iTunes music store. Do you "own" the music that you buy from iTunes? The nearly [...]

Family Guy Wins Court Battle Citing Fair Use of Disney’s “Wish Upon a Star”

Family Guy Wins Court Battle Citing Fair Use of Disney’s “Wish Upon a Star”

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Creators of the U.S. television show "Family Guy" did not infringe copyright when they transformed the song "When You Wish Upon a Star" for comical use in an episode, a U.S. judge ruled on Monday. Music Publisher Bourne Co., the U.S. copyright owner of the song made famous in Walt Disney's "Pinocchio," sued Fox Broadcasting [...]

Economists call for patent and copyright abolition

Economists call for patent and copyright abolition

Two economists at Washington University of St Louis have published a paper arguing that copyright and patent are a net drag on the economy and should be abolished. Interesting read... "From a public policy view, we'd ideally like to eliminate patent and copyright laws altogether," says Levine, John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Economics. [...]

iTunes Store challenged by rogue developers

iTunes Store challenged by rogue developers

Apple's iTunes App Store, the only Apple-approved source for iPhone applications, is getting some competition. Jay Freeman, the developer behind the Cydia app that allows software not approved by Apple to be installed on the iPhone, has launched the Cydia Store, an unauthorized alternative online market for iPhone applications. According to [...]

Eminem sues Universal over digital royalties

Eminem sues Universal over digital royalties

Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity To seize every royalty you ever wanted-One moment Would you capture it, or just let it slip? From The Guardian... Eminem's lawsuit against his label finally went to trial this week after two years, in a case worth hundreds of millions of pounds to artists worldwide. Eminem's publishing company, [...]

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