donald trump
Facebook and Twitter Remove Trump’s Doctored ‘Fake News’ Video After Copyright Complaint

Unsurprisingly, it turns out parents aren’t too keen on their toddlers being co-opted for presidential propaganda. Read More >>

copyright
US Copyright Office Says It’s Time to Update the DMCA – Mostly in Favour of Rightsholders

The US Copyright Office has released a long-awaited, 192-page report that could give the music and movie industry an opening to fight for stricter enforcement of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Read More >>

twitch
Someone Set Up a Weird, Fake Corporate Website to Trick Twitch Into Banning Left-Wing Streamers

Streaming giant Twitch.tv issued 24-hour bans to some of its biggest left-wing podcasters on Tuesday night, including Chapo Trap House, radio host David Pakman, and Mychal “Trihex” Jefferson, citing Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requests over streams of the Democratic primary debate in South Carolina. Read More >>

instagram
Instagram Wipes Independent Developer’s Work in the Name of Copyright Protections

Social media companies tend to take up copyright issues only when a) mitigating the pain in the arse of takedown notices and b) ensuring users keep reposting memes. Instagram, has erred cautiously on the side of supporting potential infringers for the latter reason. So, we found it curious when TorrentFreak reported that Instagram issued a DMCA takedown notice (an official copyright removal request) against Github to remove an independent developer’s tool which, Instagram claimed, could potentially enable copyright infringement of its users’ works. Essentially, Instagram is filing a copyright infringement notice against an independent developer for copyright infringement that hasn’t necessarily occurred on works that Instagram doesn’t hold the rights to. That’s very nice of Instagram to care, but how does this make sense? Read More >>

design
I Want That on a T-Shirt

Artists on Twitter say that their work is regularly stolen by armies of bots that generate t-shirts from popular designs – and they’ve got the receipts to prove it. Read More >>

youtube
YouTube Announces Some Changes to its Infamously Awful Copyright Infringement System

The number of issues plaguing YouTube at any one time boggles the mind, and range from accusations it promotes extremist content to reports its nightmare algorithm recommended home videos of children to the paedophiles infesting its comments sections. One of the less overtly alarming but still widespread issues has been the shoddy state of its copyright infringement claims system, which report after report have repeatedly indicated is trivially abused to file false claims, extort creators, and generally make YouTubers’ lives hell. Read More >>

twitter
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 >>

movies
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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New Study Makes Clear Just How Risky It Is to Be a Security Researcher

New research from the Center for Democracy and Technology aims to help security researchers decide what level of risk is acceptable for them and their work. Read More >>

piracy
Juggalo Valentine’s Day Hip-Hop Show Ends With Bar Getting 500 Notices for Illegal Downloads

Juggalos can’t catch a break. The misunderstood fans of the Insane Clown Posse have it hard enough with the FBI classifying them as a “gang.” Now, the proprietors of a bar in America are pointing a finger at the Faygo-loving clan after a Valentine’s Day gathering ended with the establishment receiving 500 DMCA notices for illegal downloads. Read More >>

gaming
Broken Copyright Laws Are Stopping Fans from Saving Abandoned Games

Video games are a relatively new medium, so most people don’t think about what happens to them post-release, years after the shine has worn off and their player base has migrated to something newer. Often, especially when it comes to online-only MMOs like City of Heroes and The Matrix Online, these games are abandoned, as developers no longer want to foot the bill for server costs, and fans are handcuffed by copyright rules - laid down by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that prevent them from doing it themselves. Read More >>

crime
It’s Illegal to Possess or Distribute This Huge Number

There are ways to get in trouble with the law for just about everything: smoking weed, theft, horse theft, stealing a horse and teaching it to smoke weed, and even shouting “fire” in a crowded not-on-fire stable full of stoned horses. But numbers are pure and theoretical and definitely exempt from legal action, right? Read More >>

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Google’s Copyright Takedowns Have Grown by a Trillion Per Cent in Ten Years

As a sizeable host of things and collector of links, Google receives its fair share of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices. Only, that fair share has increased by around a billion per cent since 2006. Read More >>

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How Hollywood Can Use the Law to Force You to Upgrade Your TV

So your mum bought you a copy of Mad Max: Fury Road on Ultra HD Blu-ray for Christmas and you want to play it on your old non-4K TV? A line of devices from HDfury makes it possible. Or at least, it used to. Read More >>

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YouTube’s Putting its Money Where its Mouth is on Fair Use

YouTube has announced that it’s going to cover the legal costs of copyright lawsuits facing a few videos that they believe are strong examples of fair use. This is one of those situations where good PR and good work actually coincide. Read More >>