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Twitter Doesn’t Want You Sharing This Link About TV Piracy

Twitter is home to some of the vilest neo-Nazis, racists, and homophobes on the planet. But don’t even think about discussing the one topic that’s apparently taboo on the platform: piracy of TV shows. Read More >>

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Report: European Parliament Screwed Up Their Chance to Amend Copyright Directive By Voting Wrong

The European Parliament approved a massive, sweeping overhaul of online copyright rules on Tuesday, leaving the extremely controversial Articles 11 and 13 untouched on as the EU Copyright Directive cruised through the legislative body. According to a report on TechDirt, they may have done so in part because several members of the European Parliament cast incorrect ballots on a key vote to allow amendments. Read More >>

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Peloton Pissed Off Music Execs And Now It Might Have To Pay Out £114 Million

This week, Peloton got a nasty surprise in the form of a $150 million (£114 million) lawsuit from the US National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA). The suit alleges that for years, the high-end fitness tech company has neglected to pay royalties to songwriters behind more than 1,000 songs for the music heavily featured in its classes. Read More >>

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European Wikipedia Pages Go Dark to Protest Copyright Changes

Wikipedia seems to stop working more than a train driver with a good union -- the site knows exactly how much we all use it, and has no qualms about pulling the plug when there's something it wants us to pay attention to. Read More >>

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Kickstarter to Remove That Rat From the End of The Departed Whacked By DMCA Takedown

Kickstarter has exterminated a campaign to exterminate the infamous rat from the end of The Departed after Warner Bros. filed a DMCA copyright takedown request, the Verge reported on Monday. Read More >>

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Government To Waste £2m On “You Wouldn’t Download A Car” Nonsense

Hidden in a peppy press release about giving £2m to creative industries in the UK is a line that truly makes us facepalm. Read More >>

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It’s Now Legal for Americans to Hack DRM to Repair Their Devices

In a blow to manufacturers that use digital rights management (DRM) protections to prevent consumers from tinkering with their own property, the U.S. Library of Congress has adopted new rules allowing anyone to hack the software of their devices for the purpose of performing repairs. The changes officially go into effect on October 28th. Read More >>

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Led Zeppelin Climbing the Stairway to Appeals Court

The long-running case between Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and the estate of fellow 60s rocker Randy Wolfe is about to be kicked back into life again, despite appearing to end a couple of years ago. Read More >>

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Wikipedia Italy Blocks All Articles in Protest of EU’s Ruinous Copyright Proposals

Last month, members of European Parliament voted to move forward with a sweeping overhaul of the European Union’s copyright laws that critics say will impede the spread of news, kill memes, bolster tech giants, and stifle innovation. Ahead of the final vote this week, Wikipedia Italy has joined protests across the continent by blocking users from viewing its pages. Read More >>

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The End of All That’s Good and Pure About the Internet

We regret to inform you that the internet is on red alert once again. Today, the EU’s Legislative Committee are voting on sweeping measures that will upend the web in every way that we know it. Memes, news, Wikipedia, art, privacy, and the creative side of fandom are all at risk of being destroyed or kneecapped. And it looks like the boneheaded proposal has a good chance of passing. Read More >>

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Spotify Agrees to Fork Over £84 Million to Artists in Class Action Settlement

Spotify has faced a number of accusations regarding violations of copyright in recent years and this week saw one of those looming lawsuits put to bed. On Tuesday, a federal judge approved a $112 million settlement in a class action suit that accused Spotify of failing to adequately pay artists for the use of their music. Read More >>

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E-Waste Innovator Will Go to Jail for Making Windows Restore Disks That Only Worked With Valid Licenses

California man Eric Lundgren, an electronic waste entrepreneur who produced tens of thousands of Windows restore disks intended to extend the lifespan of ageing computers, lost a federal appeals court case in Miami, Florida after it ruled “he had infringed Microsoft’s products to the tune of $700,000 [£502,400],” the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

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Pepe the Frog Creator Files Lawsuit Against Infowars

Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe the Frog, is continuing his copyright war against the alt-right by targeting Alex Jones’ Infowars in his latest lawsuit. The purveyors of conspiracy theories have been selling a poster that incorporates the cartoon frog into a collage of notable cartoon figures from the Infowars cast of characters. Read More >>

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Danish Man Convicted of Telling Web Users Where to Download Popcorn Time

A Danish man has been handed down a six-month conditional sentence for merely sharing information about Popcorn Time, the once-popular torrent-based streaming client that was targeted for extermination by copyright lawsuits . Read More >>

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New Cartoon Aims to Teach 7-Year-Olds About Copyright Infringement

There's a lot of things that kids need to learn, but I'm not sure copyright infringement would rate highly on the list. Some disagree though, as the Intellectual Property Office has come up with a series of short animated videos to teach kids about copyright and trademarking. Read More >>