How Memes Could Soon Cost People Over £23,000

You’re served with a notice. Apparently you’d shared some photos you didn’t own on the internet a while ago, and now someone – possibly an artist, possibly a copyright troll – can file for damages of up to $30,000 (£23,328). Scam, you think, and toss the paper. You’re served with a second paper 30 days later, but you toss that too. Read More >>

Eminem’s Publisher Sues Spotify, Says It Pretended It Didn’t Know Who Held Rights to ‘Lose Yourself’

Rapper Eminem’s publisher is suing Spotify, claiming that the music streaming giant is infringing on hundreds of his copyrights as well as “challenging the constitutionality of a recently passed music licensing law,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote on Wednesday. Read More >>

ISPs Will No Longer Be Sending Out Copyright Infringement Notices

Copyright notices being sent out from ISPs is now a thing of the past after the program was shut down by music and movie companies. Read More >>

Virgin Media Shuts Down Copyright Trolls in Court Trying to Expose Customer Data Over Porn File Sharing

An application to reveal the identities of Virgin Media users allegedly file-sharing porn has been denied, because the companies requesting the details are a bunch of copyright trolls. Read More >>

Victorian Content Pirates Scraped Charles Dickens’ Smash Stories

The mighty old words of Charles Dickens were embroiled in patter theft controversies back in the day, as a new book reveals that rip-off versions of his classics with titles like "Oliver Twiss" were created to scam readers out of their pennies or farthings or groats or whatever they used then, in a rough equivalent of today's internet keyword spamming. Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>