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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 
6 weeks ago 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
YouTube Silences Six Hours Of DARPA Robotics Finals... Because Of One Song Briefly In The Background | Techdirt
An excellent example: apparently the audio of the whole 6-hour video of the event is blocked because at some point one could hear bits of a copyrighted song running in the background. YouTube's process should allow for fair use counterclaims.
copyrightabuse  google  youtube  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
june 2015 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
Court Tells Ex-Wife Of Husband Who Killed Himself To Use Copyright To Delete Anything He Ever Wrote Online | Techdirt
Court tells a woman she may use copyright law to censor everything her deceased husband ever said on the internet. This sounds to me like a blatant misuse of copyright.
copyright  copyrightabuse  law  ip-law  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
may 2014 by mcherm
King has trademarked the word CANDY (and you're probably infringing) | Gamezebo
The word "candy" is now trademarked with regard to video games and clothing... and lots of existing producers have received infringement notices.
copyright  copyrightabuse  via:HackerNews  law  ip-law 
january 2014 by mcherm
Yale censored a student’s course selection website. So I made an unblockable replacement
Yale blocked a site then made the creator shut it down on threat of disciplinary action because the site showed course ratings in a usable way. This person made it into a browser extension.
censorship  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:reddit 
january 2014 by mcherm
YouTube's Merry Christmas: Letting Large Music Publishers Steal Money From Guy Singing Public Domain Christmas Carol | Techdirt
I know it's YouTube's own policy not a legal one, but still... He sung "Silent Night" (composed in 1818 and clearly public domain) and not one but THREE big music publishers issued automated noticed that they should get the ad revenue not him. And they didn't back down when challenged.
law  ip-law  DMCA  YouTube  copyright  copyrightabuse  google 
december 2013 by mcherm
How Anti-Piracy Trolls Tried and Failed to Ruin Christmas | TorrentFreak
This particular copyright troll threatening people over downloaded porn doesn't even bother to make sure that it's people who actually downloaded their porn. And if you ignore their threats then they stop.
law  copyright  ip-law  copyrightabuse  torrentfreak  via:boingboing 
december 2013 by mcherm
Copyright As Censorship Again: Game Developer Takes Down Scathing YouTube Review | Techdirt
Game got bad review; game company had it taken down from YouTube. Original reviewer responds.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
october 2013 by mcherm
Newest YouTube user to fight a takedown is copyright guru Lawrence Lessig | Ars Technica
Lawrence Lessig posted a video which clearly had fair use of a snippet of music. The copyright owner issued a takedown notice and LL is suing them under an almost-never-used DMCA provision for overzealous takedown notices.
eff  copyright  copyrightabuse  censorship  DMCA  LawrenceLessig  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica  law  ip-law  internet 
august 2013 by mcherm
Lionsgate commits copyfraud, has classic "Buffy vs Edward" video censored - Boing Boing
A video specifically used as an example of fair use by the Copyright Office is blocked from you-tube by repeated inappropriate take-down notices.
copyfraud  law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:boingboing  google 
january 2013 by mcherm
Faulkner Estate Keeps Suing: Sues Washington Post Over Ad That Quoted One Sentence | Techdirt
Suing for quoting a single sentence (with attribution, so you know who originally said it). Excessive.
via:Techdirt  ip-law  law  copyright  copyrightabuse 
october 2012 by mcherm
How copyright enforcement robots killed the Hugo Awards
The broadcast of the Hugo awards had clips of Dr. Who. They got filtered for copyright violation and the only live stream of the event was cut off.
copyright  law  ip-law  copyrightabuse  scifi  via:HackerNews 
september 2012 by mcherm
Broadcasters sue Dish over ad-skipping DVR service - WSJ.com
Fox sues Dish Network saying that creating technology to skip commercials somehow violates copyright law.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse 
may 2012 by mcherm
Copyright: Lawfirms Sued for Submitting Prior Art to the USPTO - Patent Law Blog (Patently-O)
Law requires filing copies of prior art with a patent application. But some journals are suing because those copies violate their copyrights.
law  ip-law  patent  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:patentlyo 
march 2012 by mcherm
ouTube identifies birdsong as copyrighted musis
Yep. His video of birdsong in the wild was flagged as infringing on copyrighted music. He contested, they claim to have reviewed and sustained the statement of infringement. Clearly the review process is faulty.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  youtube  via:HackerNews 
february 2012 by mcherm
This is Why I Oppose the MPAA : SOPA
A former film student explains how he got permission from the author's estate to make a film partly inspired by some writing, but a big movie studio threatened to "sue him into the stone age" and ensure that the litigation took 10 yrs to resolve. He had to abandon his career in film making and find a different profession.
sopa  law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:HackerNews 
february 2012 by mcherm
Universal Music May Have Inadvertently Exposed a Flaw in the YouTube Takedown Process - Hollywood Reporter
A contract between UMG and Google may allow them to ban from YouTube content that they claim to own. But what IS this contract? (It's not public.) And what about the repeated cases of them claiming copyright on material that they do not, in fact, own?
p2p  censorship  copyright  copyrightabuse  law  ip-law 
january 2012 by mcherm
Judge Paul Called Me a Thief I Was Tried In Abstentia, - Carl Malamud
So this group, they post public domain videos to YouTube. But someone has filed a complaint against them, they objected and then he "had the video removed" (what's that?). This is one of 3 strikes, which would disable the YouTube account. (1) this should be a legal dispute, not a Google dispute; (2) this is an example of the kinds of abuses that are inevitable.
via:reddit  youtube  censorship  law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  publicdomain  sopa 
january 2012 by mcherm
Just the Facts: Lawsuit Against TimeZone Database Deserves Sanctions | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The EFF says that threatening to sue the time zone database over copying data (which is LEGAL), which threat caused the world's standard time zone database to be taken offline, deserves sanctions.
law  slapp  eff  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:boingboing 
january 2012 by mcherm
Cognitive Screening Test Killed Over Infringement Claims | Techdirt
You thought patents on medical procedures were bad? Here's a case where *copyright* law (lasts 100+ yrs easily) is used to maintain control over a diagnostic test and even prevent a different diagnostic test (claiming it is a "derivative work").
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  patent  patentabuse  medicine  via:Techdirt  techdirt  blogworthy 
january 2012 by mcherm
Hotfile Sues Warner Bros. For Copyright Fraud and Abuse | TorrentFreak
After receiving massive numbers of incorrect takedowns, Hotfile is suing Warner Brothers for running a script and not applying any judgement in takedown notices.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  p2p 
september 2011 by mcherm
Is Copyright only for the "Big Guys"?
Big companies can apparently violate copyrights of individuals with impunity.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse 
august 2011 by mcherm
Kind of Screwed - Waxy.org
He a severely pixelated version of a famous photo, and got sued. He settled for $32K, but did NOT admit guilt (he thinks it was fair use) or give away his right to talk about it. Here is where he tells the story.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:HackerNews 
june 2011 by mcherm
U.S. P2P Lawsuit Shows Signs of a ‘Pirate Honeypot’ | TorrentFreak
They sued someone for downloading gay porn *that was mislabeled as a song*. Perhaps they uploaded it themselves? Certainly it offers a lucrative new business opportunity (for those who make a living as extortionists).
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  p2p  via:boingboing 
june 2011 by mcherm
Criticism and takedown: how review sites can defend free speech
1. the Dr in a previous article actually tried to get Yelp to take down a negative review. 2. this happens frequently.
censorship  freespeech  copyright  ip-law  law  copyrightabuse 
june 2011 by mcherm
Doctors and dentists tell patients, "all your review are belong to us"
Doctors abusing copyright law to try (with no real legal teeth) to suppress negative comments. Are they being fleeced by the lawyers who wrote the document?
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse 
may 2011 by mcherm
Why I was wrong about Microsoft - The H Open Source: News and Features
Okay, if true this is a SERIOUS IP-law abuse. Claims Microsoft is getting laws passed saying they can sue any US company if ANY supplier of theirs uses pirated software anywhere. If a single Chinese supplier has a single pirated copy of Excel (~100% chance of this) you can be sued by Microsoft. And open source software is explicitly excluded from suing under this law.
microsoft  evil  opensource  law  ip-law  patent  copyright  copyrightabuse 
april 2011 by mcherm
Agile Tortoise Blog - Wolfram Alpha doesn't "get it"
IPhone app developer links to Wolfram Alpha with search terms pre-populated if searches in his own app come up blank. Wolfram complains this violates their TOS (it does). What a silly issue to complain about, and what a waste of money to use lawyers as the first means of contact.
law  copyrightabuse  wolframalpha  search  via:HackerNews 
february 2011 by mcherm
Jeff Koons claims to own all balloon dogs - Boing Boing
An artist claims he owns the copyright on balloon dogs (he once made an iconic statue of a balloon dog).
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:boingboing 
january 2011 by mcherm
Thomas Hawk Digital Connection » Blog Archive » Miami’s World Erotic Art Museum Fraudulently Uses the DMCA to Take Down Items in Their Collection From the Web
DMCA abuse by a museum: they filed takedown notices against a bunch of photos of things in their collection. They don't own the copyright on antient roman artifacts! Counter-claim filed and the museum may be willing to talk with the photographer.
law  ip-law  DMCA  copyright  copyrightabuse  museum  flickr  via:boingboing 
january 2011 by mcherm
Crutchfield Dermatology of Minneapolis claims copyright in everything you write, forever, to keep you from posting complaints on the net - Boing Boing
A doctor makes patients assign him the copyright for everything they write on the web, so that he can prohibit them from saying anything bad about him. This is abuse.
law  ip-law  censorship  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:boingboing 
november 2010 by mcherm
Bulgarian Chess Tournament Organizers Sue Website For Reporting Chess Moves, Claim Copyright Infringement | Techdirt
Chess tourney sues people who publish the moves. They want to say it's copyrighted, but that won't work quite so they say it's protected by Europe's "database rights".
via:Techdirt  copyright  copyrightabuse  ip-law  law 
june 2010 by mcherm
MDs ask patients to assign copyright in any web-posting that mentions their care, to simplify censorship - Boing Boing
Is it true? Some doctors are being advised to have patients sign a form which will allow the doctor to have some ability to remove criticism the patient may post to the internet.
law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:boingboing 
june 2010 by mcherm
Exclusive: "I've never heard of Far Cry," says P2P defendant
What if you're completely innocent, but are threatened with being sued for copyright infringement? One the one hand, you can pay up a few thousand; on the other hand you can spend tens of thousands to protect yourself from owing hundreds of thousands.
law  filesharing  copyrightabuse  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
may 2010 by mcherm
Tetris Clones Pulled From Android Market
The company that owns Tetris tells Google to remove all "Tetris-like-apps" from the Android market. This author of such an app points out that they don't have a copyright on gameplay so the DMCA notice is ill-founded. Any patent would have long expired, and this author's app does not use the Tetris trademark(s).
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  DMCA  via:slashdot  trademark 
may 2010 by mcherm
An 85-Year-Old Sculptor vs. The Government
Court rules that the Govt cannot, without getting permission, make and sell stamps that portray the Korean War Memorial because the artist has a copyright on the memorial.
via:slashdot  law  ip-law  copyright  fairuse  copyrightabuse 
march 2010 by mcherm
Zynga Threatens Mafia Wars Auto Play Script Over Copyright Violations... | Techdirt
The company that makes the "Mafia Wars" online game doesn't like the fact that someone makes a Greasemonkey script for auto-playing the game. Which is fine... they don't have to like it. But they sued that person for copyright infringement... and I don't think there was any.
gaming  onlinegames  law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  censorship  techdirt  via:HackerNews  greasemonkey 
december 2009 by mcherm
Charged With Felony After Taping 4 Minutes Of "New Moon" - The Consumerist
Woman tapes 4 min of her sister's birthday party (held in a movie theater). She's now in jail for felony camcordering of a movie.
via:boingboing  law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  mpaa  photography 
december 2009 by mcherm
The criticism that Ralph Lauren doesn't want you to see! - Boing Boing
Ralph Lauren sends stupid takedown notice. BoingBoing chooses to mock them.
law  DMCA  copyrightabuse  ip-law  boingboing  personal_net 
october 2009 by mcherm
Using The DMCA To Stop Patients From Rating Their Doctors | Techdirt
Doctors who don't want their patients to say bad things about them may put a clause in their contracts agreeing not to say anything bad about the doctor. They've changed now to a clause assigning all copyright rights to the doctor so they can use DMCA takedown notices to censor any bad reviews.
via:HackerNews  copyright  copyrightabuse  censorship  law  ip-law  DMCA 
august 2009 by mcherm
AP Will Sell You A License To Words It Has No Right To Sell | Techdirt
The AP is offering licenses to quote excerpts from their articles. Rates of $12 and up for 5 or more words. Of course, fair use probably allows it, and the AP's system has no subtlety (like it charges people for their own words quoted by the AP).
journalism  copyright  copyrightabuse  licensing  ip-law  law  via:slashdot 
august 2009 by mcherm
Does A Private Company Own Your Muni Arrival Times?: News: SFAppeal
A company claims to own the data about when buses run in San Francisco. They they call up Apple and get them to remove the iPhone app that displays this data. The journalists who write about it say this company actually doesn't own the data.
ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  apple  iphone 
june 2009 by mcherm
CW 11 Files Copyright Claim at Improv Everywhere
Improv Everywhere posts a fake video to YouTube for April 1st. A TV station runs a story on it, playing bits from the video and completely missing the fact that it was fake. They used the video without getting permission, but when copies of the broadcast were played they sent takedown notices.
ImprovEverywhere  journalism  copyright  copyrightabuse  DMCA  youtube  fairuse  via:reddit 
april 2009 by mcherm
Google submission hammers section 92A
PC World reports that Google says that 57% of DMCA takedown notices are bogus.
via:boingboing  DMCA  google  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse 
march 2009 by mcherm
The Volokh Conspiracy - Amazon Caves on Kindle:
Amazon Kindle won't do text-to-speech except when permitted by the publisher, because of claims it would violate the "performance rights". That's just wrong.
ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  evil  kindle  ebooks 
march 2009 by mcherm
AP tries to shake down Shepard Fairey | Los Angeles Metblogs
AP goes after artist who drew iconic picture of Obama because he based it on a piece of a photo they took.
law  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:boingboing  obama  photography 
february 2009 by mcherm
B-24 Liberated! | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Lockheed Martin built to B-24 (for the US Govt) and then tried claiming you couldn't build models of it since they owned the copyright. They backed off after the EFF pressed it.
ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:boingboing  eff 
may 2008 by mcherm
Air Force Cyber Command's New Weapon: DMCA Notices | Threat Level from Wired.com
DMCA takedown notice sent to YouTube regarding a video by the Air Force. Legally, the air force cannot produce copyrighted works, yet the video is still taken down.
copyright  copyrightabuse  ip-law  DMCA  publicdomain  law 
march 2008 by mcherm
Radio host uses copyright lawsuit to silence Muslim critics; EFF fights back
Another use of copyright to prevent criticism. But in this case the EFF stepped in.
eff  copyrightabuse  copyright  ip-law  censorship 
february 2008 by mcherm
Stop Taking Pictures of Marina City!
Condo association claims to own "the copyright" on a building under state law among many other things.
ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  law 
november 2007 by mcherm

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