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Bogus Automated Copyright Claims By CBS Blocked Super Tuesday Speeches By Bernie Sanders, Mike Bloomberg, And Joe Biden | Techdirt
CBS filed copyright takedown that blocked election-day speeches by presidential candidates. Probably because CBS was using a "pool camera" shared by all the press at the event.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
25 days ago by mcherm
Copyright implications of brute forcing all 12-tone major melodies in approximately 2.5 TB. : programming
They generated all (12-note long single octave major scale) melodies and "published" them as a hack on the legal system.
law  ip-law  copyright  music  via:reddit 
6 weeks ago by mcherm
Blizzard now claims full copyright for player-made “custom game” mods | Ars Technica
They are writing the contract to play the game so it agrees to give away to the company the copyright in all new games developed on top of it.
law  ip-law  copyright  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
8 weeks ago by mcherm
In Serving Big Company Interests, Copyright Is in Crisis | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF: Monopolies (or oligopolies) in media, distribution, and even internet/tech companies mean that the power of stronger copyright laws doesn't benefit creators at all.
eff  copyright  via:HackerNews 
9 weeks ago by mcherm
The MTA Is Going After an Etsy Artist Over a New York Subway Map It Didn’t Make - VICE
He made a NY subway map. The MTA filed a DMCA takedown for copyright violation: they claim he copied a map they made two years after his was first published.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  DMCA  via:HackerNews 
11 weeks ago by mcherm
Banksy's Fake Store Is An Attempt To Abuse Trademark Law To Avoid Copyright Law | Techdirt
He wants people to stop copying his graffiti works. But copyright law would require him to reveal his identity. So he is attempting to use trademark law instead.
law  ip-law  copyright  trademark  trademarkabuse  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
october 2019 by mcherm
Sci-Hub: removing barriers in the way of science
The publicly available (copyright violating) repository of scientific papers.
reference  science  law  ip-law  copyright  useful 
september 2019 by mcherm
Katy Perry Liable for $2.8m for Dark Horse Copy Right Infringement
A basic set of descending notes in a minor key is ruled to be a copyright violation. Hopefully the appeal will be successful.
law  ip-law  copyright  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Libraries are fighting to preserve your right to borrow e-books (opinion) - CNN
Ebook publishers are trying to restrict how libraries can use ebooks even more strictly then the restrictions already in place.
law  copyright  library 
august 2019 by mcherm
Elsevier: "It's illegal to Sci-Hub." Also Elsevier: "We link to Sci-Hub all the time." / Boing Boing
Elsevier claims even linking to SciHub is illegal but they do it lots since both their researchers and their reviewers / editors are volunteers.
Elsevier  science_publishing  via:boingboing  law  copyright  Sci-Hub 
august 2019 by mcherm
Court Determines That This Duck Doesn't Look Enough Like Another Duck To Be Infringing | Techdirt
Court: if it looks vaguely like a duck, it isn't a copyright violation of the other guy's duck. This is a good example to quote in certain contexts to illustrate a point about the scope of copyright.
law  ip-law  copyright 
july 2019 by mcherm
Texas court says photographer has no recourse. - law
Apparently, state institutions in TX can violate copyright with impunity. (But not patents.)
law  ip-law  via:reddit  copyright  patent 
june 2019 by mcherm
Countries with longer copyright terms have access to fewer books (pay attention, Canada!) / Boing Boing
A study actually shows the effect of different copyright terms on the availability of books (e-books) in a given country. The results are what I would have predicted.
law  copyright  via:boingboing 
june 2019 by mcherm
You can't copyright a font
It's specifically called out in the federal copyright law.
fonts  law  ip-law  copyright 
may 2019 by mcherm
EFF’s Tweet About an Overzealous DMCA Takedown Is Now Subject to an Overzealous Takedown | Electronic Frontier Foundation
(1) a TV show leaks. (2) TorrentFreak writes about it leaking [takedown] (3) TorrentFreak writes about the takedown [takedown] (4) EFF writes about the situation [takedown]. You can't just order copyright-based takedowns of anything you don't like... Oh right - you can.
law  ip-law  DMCA  copyright  copyrightabuse  eff  via:HackerNews 
april 2019 by mcherm
MongoDB's Server Side Public License is likely unenforceable — Process Mechanics
MongoDB did something weird with their license to try to control its use in larger systems that are not open source. This article argues it might be legally unenforceable and is certainly impossible to comply with as a practical matter.
law  opensource  copyright  ip-law 
december 2018 by mcherm
Copyright Violation? Allow It!
They found /r/science using their copyrighted art. They released the art under creative commons. Everyone wins.
opensource  law  ip-law  copyright  creativecommons  via:reddit 
december 2018 by mcherm
How Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ Became a Battle Cry for Musicians Seeking Royalties - The New York Times
Under US copyright law the performer of a saw is paid nothing for the right to play that song on the radio (the writer and publisher do get paid).
nytimes  law  ip-law  copyright  music  via:reddit 
august 2018 by mcherm
Xconomy: Art Isn't Free: The Tragedy of the Wikimedia Commons
Is a digital image of a public domain painting considered to be public domain? Wikipedia (and I) say "Yes"; this author says "But the poor museums need cash!"
law  ip-law  copyright  Wikipedia  via:reddit 
march 2018 by mcherm
Court Order to Block Access in Germany
A court in Germany ordered Project Gutenberg to take down 18 works in Germany. Gutenberg disputes the jurisdiction and has blocked all books in Germany.
law  ip-law  copyright  ProjectGutenberg  via:HackerNews 
march 2018 by mcherm
I Wrote a Hit Song With Justin Bieber. Want to See My Royalties?
Getting absolutely no money from a top hit song on streaming platforms. But is this because there's no money in streaming, or because the record companies are cheating the artists? I don't know.
copyright  via:HackerNews 
october 2017 by mcherm
Julia Reda – When filters fail: These cases show we can’t trust algorithms to clean up the internet
This article lists illustrations of the problems with automatically filtering for copyright violations.
law  politics  ip-law  copyright 
september 2017 by mcherm
FEATURE: When Is 1923 Going to Arrive and Other Complications of the U.S. Public Domain
Lots of interesting details. The best: Probably the oldest [...] a letter from John Adams [...] will expire on Jan. 1, 2052, almost 300 years after it was written.
via:Techdirt  law  copyright  publicdomain  ip-law 
september 2017 by mcherm
Is the threat of a copyright lawsuit stifling music? - BBC News
After a lawsuit where it was ruled that a song infringed another song's copyright because it had the same "vibe" as that which inspired it, musicians are being told by lawyers not to admit to having been influenced by any other musicians.
law  ip-law  via:boingboing  copyright 
july 2017 by mcherm
Game Theory: My Fan Game is a CRIME?! - YouTube
A surprisingly good video on the history and current state of the law on when copyright applies to video game designs.
copyright  ip-law  law  via:ben 
june 2017 by mcherm
Colombian biologist won't go to jail for 8 years for sharing a scientific paper (probably) / Boing Boing
He shared a scientific paper online and was prosecuted in Colombia for criminal copyright infringement. He was acquitted, but the case is still on appeal.
copyright  copyrightabuse  ip-law  law  via:boingboing 
june 2017 by mcherm
Copyright? MD : legaladvice
I write advice to someone who is getting complaints from someone else that their role playing game rules are a derivative work of someone else's role playing game rules.
mypostings  ip-law  copyright  via:reddit 
april 2017 by mcherm
Another Major Scandal At The Copyright Office: $25 Million 'Fake Budget' Line Item | Techdirt
The registrar of copyrights is appointed by the president, but supervised by the librarian of congress. Apparently the previous holder of this post was terrible: doing things like submitting 1/3 of their budget as made-up numbers. With no firing authority, the librarian of congress could do nothing.
law  government  copyright 
april 2017 by mcherm
Desperate John Deere tractor owners are downloading illegal Ukrainian firmware hacks to get the crops in / Boing Boing
Many terrible examples here, like how the Library of Congress allowed modifying tractors so John Deer immediately added a click-through agreement (as a firmware update) prohibiting it.
via:boingboing  copyright  copyrightabuse  CoryDoctorow  law  ip-law 
march 2017 by mcherm
Google Report: 99.95 Percent Of DMCA Takedown Notices Are Bot-Generated Bullshit Buckshot | Techdirt
Apparently (wait, really?) Google claims that 99.95% of all takedown requests they receive (from the "Trusted Copyright Removal Program") are for URLs that they don't even index.
DMCA  google  law  techdirt  via:Techdirt  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse 
february 2017 by mcherm
A battle rages for the future of the Web | Ars Technica UK
EFF pushed W3C saying "if you MUST standardize DRM, at least require that security researchers still be allowed to do research". Corporations in W3C push back.
w3c  drm  copyright  law  ip-law  security  internet  eff  CoryDoctorow  via:boingboing 
february 2017 by mcherm
Defending the GPL without lawsuits
Linus (and "Greg" who he quotes) on why it works better to NEVER sue over GPL violations.
opensource  law  via:HackerNews  ip-law  copyright 
september 2016 by mcherm
Treaty For The Blind Comes Into Force... But US Refuses To Ratify Because Publishers Association Hates Any User Rights | Techdirt
The US delays in ratifying an international treaty to require exceptions to copyright law for allowing the blind to use readers to access books.
ip-law  copyright  disabilities  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
july 2016 by mcherm
Fox 'Stole' a Game Clip, Used it in Family Guy & DMCA'd the Original - TorrentFreak
Steal the video, use it in a major TV show, then issue an automated takedown notice for the original.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:reddit  DMCA  censorship 
may 2016 by mcherm
Mark Twain: Copyright Maximalist Who Also Believed That Nearly All Human Utterances Were Plagiarism? | Techdirt
Samuel Clemens on copyright. "I like the fifty years' extension, because that benefits my two daughter, who are not as competent to earn a living as I am"
copyright  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
march 2016 by mcherm
Military Prison Blocks Won't Let Chelsea Manning Read EFF Blog... To Protect EFF's Copyright | Techdirt
The prison won't let her receive printed copies of the EFF website, apparently because they might violate copyright (but probably REALLY because the prisons don't like the EFF's message).
prison  copyright  ip-law  law  copyrightabuse  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
february 2016 by mcherm
Out of a Rare Super Bowl I Recording, a Clash With the N.F.L. Unspools - The New York Times
The only copy of Superbowl 1 is on tapes one guy's family saved. He'd like to sell them, but the NFL refuses to permit it (due to copyright law).
ip-law  law  copyright  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
february 2016 by mcherm
UK citizens may soon need licenses to photograph some stuff they already own | Ars Technica
UK law will soon prohibit taking pictures of any thing with a design copyright. Like a chair. Too bad for photographers.
law  ip-law  copyright  ArsTechnica  via:HackerNews 
december 2015 by mcherm
What Did The UK Accomplish In Revoking The Right To Rip CDs After Just One Year... Other Than Greater Disrespect For Copyright? | Techdirt
The UK spent years setting up a right to rip one's own CDs to MP3, then a year later the recording industry got this thrown out in court. Techdirt observes that all this does is to emphasize how much copyright law is out of touch with actual reality.
law  copyright  ip-law  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
december 2015 by mcherm
Pure Copyfraud: Anne Frank Foundation Trying To Pretend Her Father Wrote Her Diary... To Extend Its Copyright | Techdirt
Anne Frank died 70 years ago, so her diary will soon enter the public domain. Unless we suddenly claim it was co-written by her father, which would extend that to 2050.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
november 2015 by mcherm
Copyright Decision Would Squelch Any Right to Read Paywalled Content in Canada
A Canadian court decision that says borrowing a copy of an article from a friend is infringement.
law  ip-law  copyright  DMCA  via:Techdirt 
october 2015 by mcherm
Australian Court Orders Homeowners To Physically Alter Exterior Of 'Infringing' House | Techdirt
The new house was built to blueprints that were copyrighted, so the house must be altered.
law  ip-law  copyright 
september 2015 by mcherm
Official Portrait For Pope's US Visit... Being Investigated For Copyright Infringement | Techdirt
Painting of the pope was based on a photo. The owner of the copyright on the photo is suing.
copyright  law  ip-law  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
august 2015 by mcherm
iTunes is Illegal Under UK Copyright Law - TorrentFreak
The UK now no longer has an exception to copyright laws for things like media shifting or performing backups.
law  ip-law  copyright  via:reddit 
august 2015 by mcherm
Sorry Ms. Jackson… | Transparency Report
Clever legal retort by WordPress to a takedown notice from the lawyers for Janet Jackson. They didn't take it down.
copyright  copyrightabuse  DMCA  trademark  trademarkabuse  via:ArsTechnica 
july 2015 by mcherm
3TAPS vs Craigslist
Craigslist used copyright to sue a site scraping them. It got messy. The scraper won many to nts but had to concede in the end.
law  ip-law  copyright 
july 2015 by mcherm
Joseph Goebbels Estate Wins Copyright Suit Over Use Of Nazi's Diary In Biography | Techdirt
Well, I guess it runs out at the end of this year, but a court in Germany says we STILL can't write historical evaluations of Nazi Germany using quotes from Goebbels' diary -- not without paying royalties to his estate.
copyright  copyrightabuse  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
july 2015 by mcherm
Beware the IP non-assert clause in AWS cloud service agreement, warns ex-Microsoft patent chief - Blog - Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) - Maximising IP Value for Business
Amazon has a clause in the AWS terms of service that says you promise not to assert IP rights against them or other users of AWS. They have actually asserted it in court.
law  ip-law  patent  copyright  trademark  cloudcomputing  amazon  shrinkwrap  contractlaw  via:HackerNews 
july 2015 by mcherm
They Took Our Myths - Charlie's Diary
Argument: writers are caught up in Cthulhu and Sherlock Holmes because they are the most recent "myths" that aren't protected by copyright.
copyright  via:CharlesStross  ip-law  culture 
june 2015 by mcherm
Prison 'Enforces' Messaging Company's 'IP' Rights By Sending Prisoner To Solitary | Techdirt
Prisoners must sign away the copyright to what they say in order to use the prison communication system. If a friend on the outside distributes that, the prisoner may then be stuck in solitary as punishment.
law  ip-law  copyright  prison  techdirt  via:Techdirt  evil 
may 2015 by mcherm
Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In The Public Domain... And Why That Needs To Change | Techdirt
35 years after a work is produced the author has an INALIENABLE right to withdraw all previously grants to use copyright. So all creative commons licenses, Wikipedia contributions, etc contain this time bomb.
law  ip-law  copyright  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
january 2015 by mcherm
EFF: DMCA exception requested for people to mod their cars
No one has been prosecuted yet but it's a clear DMCA violation.
wired  eff  law  copyright  ip-law  DMCA  via:reddit 
january 2015 by mcherm
Neil Gaiman: How I learned to stop worrying and love the duplicator machines - Boing Boing
Neil Gaiman on how a scifi story about a matter duplicator got him to consider the implications of free copies and he later applied that to his writing in a world of easily duplicated electronic information.
via:boingboing  NeilGaiman  copyright  scifi 
november 2014 by mcherm
Bugging out: How rampant online piracy squashed one insect photographer | Ars Technica
A photographer talks about how the internet's lack of respect for copyright law makes it difficult (but not impossible) for him to make a living as a specialist photographer.
law  ip-law  copyright  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
september 2014 by mcherm
Only Surviving Recording Of The Very First Superbowl Is Because A Fan Recorded It, But You Can't See It, Because Copyright | Techdirt
No one saved a copy of the first Superbowl, except one fan who taped it himself. The NFL won't allow him to share that with anyone else (they claim copyright ownership of it).
law  ip-law  copyright  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
september 2014 by mcherm
IP’s “Immigration” Policy - Disruptive Competition Project
IP law provides some powerful remedies so people who want to censor stuff for reasons that have nothing to do with copyright are suing under copyright laws anyway. And this probably bad.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:Techdirt 
september 2014 by mcherm
Record Labels Issue Takedown To Take Kim Dotcom's Album Down From His Own Site | Techdirt
They filed a DMCA notice to take down his own music from his own site (his SECOND site... his first one was closed 3 years ago without ever having a day in court).
copyright  copyrightabuse  law  ip-law  censorship  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
september 2014 by mcherm
Licensing Boards Think Studying For A Test Is Copyright Infringement, Forbid Memorization Of Material | Techdirt
These various tests state that it is a violation of copyright law to memorize the content you view. That simply isn't true, and I would go further and suggest that it is idiotic.
law  ip-law  copyright  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
august 2014 by mcherm
Copyright Office Rejected My Attempt To Copyright A Tweet | Techdirt
The copyright office rejected his attempt to copyright a tweet. Interesting... I've never heard anything non-theoretical before on the subject.
law  ip-law  copyright  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
august 2014 by mcherm
Kozinski Doubles Down On Ridiculous Garcia Ruling, But Hints At How District Court Could Correct Most Of His Mistakes | Techdirt
Appeals judge who ruled that actors have a copyright interest in films they appear in seems willing to defend his position (sort of).
law  ip-law  copyright  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
july 2014 by mcherm
The Trials Of Being A Techdirt Writer Volume 1: Stupid Copyright Popups When Pressing CTRL-C | Techdirt
I dispute whether the popup copyright message on an article is really as bad as the Techdirt author claims it is.
law  ip-law  copyright  via:Techdirt  techdirt  mypostings 
july 2014 by mcherm
The card game we couldn't make (and then someone else did) - Boing Boing
They were afraid to make the game because of copyright (it mentioned copyrighted characters). Someone else made the same game and it was really successful.
gamedesign  law  copyright  ip-law  via:boingboing 
june 2014 by mcherm
15 years ago, Congress kept Mickey Mouse out of the public domain. Will they do it again? - The Washington Post
An article on how copyright law has been extended unreasonably. Includes a graph of books available per decade which shows a big hole going back to 1910. Also shows how very strong the influence of business was: the only thing that actually held up the bill was the restaurant lobby over an unrelated issue.
law  copyright  politics  via:HackerNews 
june 2014 by mcherm
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