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The Music Industry Wants The Digital Copyright Law Reformed

First, we had live music, then we got vinyl records, then cassettes and CD’s and now we can enjoy our music anywhere we like in the palm of our hand thanks to Digital music. The problem…

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Google Receives 1500 DMCA Takedowns Per Minute

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act gives copyright holders the ability to make takedown requests for any content they deem a breach of copyright law. During the last month, Google received 5,609 takedown notices spanned across 65…

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DMCA Exception Makes Smart TV Hacking Legal

Every three years, the US Copyright Office listens to petitions to make revisions and exemptions to the anti-circumvention protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Software Freedom Conservancy used the most recent review as…

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TTP Could Outlaw Filesharing Sites

WikiLeaks has been releasing secret documents from the recently-signed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which ties a cabal of Pacific countries, including the US, Canada, and Australia, to an intercontinental trade agreement, over the last week, and the latest…

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‘Pixels’ Copyright Notices Removed the Studio’s own Trailer

Pixels is an atrocious video game-themed movie and less endearing than a swarm of angry wasps. The film has gained notoriety for its sheer incompetence and it has received an astonishingly low score of 18% on…

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Twitter Sued Again for Failing to Comply with Takedown Request

It has happened before that someone sued Twitter on the grounds of failing to remove copyrighted material upon request and now it is happening again. This time it is the award-winning photographer Kristin Pierson that has…

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WordPress Dismisses 43% of Piracy Takedown Notices

Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has published the number of DMCA takedown requests received during the last few months. Between January to June, there was a total of 4,679 copyright claims submitted but only 57% were…

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Hollywood Issuing DMCA Takedowns for Content on Their Own Computers

Are you familiar with this message? “In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused…

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Google Fiber Users Receiving Automated Fines for Piracy

Google is sending customers of its fibre service that are suspected of illegally downloading copyrighted materials automated fines. Google Fiber users have received fines, sent through automated e-mails, of up to hundreds of dollars. Other automated…

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New Halo Online Mod is Fully Playable; Video Shows Multiplayer Action

Despite being hit with DMCA takedown notices from Microsoft, modders of Russia-only MMO Halo Online have been clear that they are not to be deterred, and a new build of the region-bypassing mod offers players the full…

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Publishers Want to Make Old Game Archiving Illegal

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) wants archiving of abandoned video games, such as Internet Archive’s ever-growing library, illegal, calling the practice “hacking”, which is “associated with piracy”. The ESA’s statement follows a move by the Electronic…

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Sony Tries to Stop Email Leaks with DMCA Claims

There are always some people that become citizen journalists when the mainstream media fails to pick up on something or cover it as deeply as they would like, and the musician Val Broeksmit is one of them.…

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Google Updates Search Algorithm, Demotes Piracy in Favour of Legal Content

We’ve all been told time and time again that the internet has the capacity to be the Wild West of all digital content, potentially harming the back pockets of media groups and movie studios. Google today…

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Movie Company Asks Google To Remove IMDB Links And Official Trailers From Its Listings

By now most of us know that the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown service has been abused by companies and business interests. In the past we’ve seen companies try to get the Pirate Bay homepage…

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Google Ignores Requests To Delist Pirate Bay Homepage

Torrent Freak reports that the BPI, British Phonographic Industry/British Recorded Music Industry, has failed in a request to Google to get them to delist the Pirate Bay’s new domain thepiratebay.sx. The BPI submitted more than 2000…

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Microsoft “Accidentally” Tries To Remove Open Office Download Links

A few weeks ago we brought you the news that Microsoft had sent Google DMCA takedown notices for its own product pages and website, now TorrentFreak reports that Microsoft has sent out DMCA takedown notices for…

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Microsoft Sends Google DMCA Takedown Notice For Its Own Web Links

Google is bombared with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take down notices everyday, but it isn’t everyday that Microsoft submits one trying to get its own web links de-listed from Google’s search engine. According to TorrentFreak…

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GoPro Sends a DMCA Takedown Notice to DigitalRev Over Images Used In The Review

DigitalRev removed the review of GoPro Hero 3 and replaced it with the text of a DMCA takedown notice that they’ve received from GoPro. DigitalRev also tweeted a message ‘@GoPro is bullying us with DMCA. We’ll…

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The White House responds to phone unlock petition, agrees that it should be allowed

After collecting a total of 114,322 signatures via an online petition on The White House’s website to remove DMCA exemptions for unlocking cellphones which was implemented by the Librarian of Congress, The White House has given…

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FCC to Investigate Smartphone Unlocking Ban

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission mentioned about the Library of Congress’s controversial decision to stop allowing consumers to unlock their cellphones so that they can switch to their preferred wireless carriers. FCC chairman Julius…