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 >>

internet
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 >>

internet
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 >>

internet
Why Winning the Dancing Baby Lawsuit is a Big Deal for the Internet

In 2007, a home video of a baby dancing to Prince’s 1984 masterpiece Let’s Go Crazy was uploaded onto YouTube. Eight years and a few dozen lawyers later, a federal appeals court in the US has ruled that uploading the video was an OK thing to do — a judgement that is of surprising importance to the rest of the internet. Read More >>

security
Ashley Madison is Sending Out False DMCA Takedown Notices

Copyright law is complicated, but one thing is clear: The Digital Millennium Copyright Law was not designed to enable censorship. Unfortunately, the owners of Ashley Madison are using — and abusing — DMCA takedown notices to do just that in order to keep its hacked data off the web. Read More >>

gaming
Preserving Video Games: Another Thing Copyright Authorities are Failing At

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is a fundamental piece of US legislation underpinning digital rights. It’s also woefully broken, with its wide-reaching language being used to strong-arm researchers and make tinkering with your own smartphone illegal. The latest trick? Screwing over anyone who wants to preserve video games. Read More >>

internet
Internet Septic Tank 4chan Adopts DMCA Policy in Wake of Celebporngate

After taking the apparent iCloud celebrity account hacking shame mainstream, web forum multiplex 4chan is stressing over the possible legal fallout and has implemented a DMCA system to cope with copyright complaints. Read More >>

piracy
Google Is Now Deleting Nine “Pirate” Links Every Second

Groups like the RIAA are putting in millions of DMCA requests to pull "pirate" links off Google, and even though it doesn't seem to help, the landslide's not letting up. As of last month, Google was taking down nine pirate links every single second of every single day. Read More >>

websites
The Most Convoluted DMCA Takedown Request of All Time

Anti-Gay group Straight Pride UK is abusing the DMCA takedown process to censor work by a journalist. No surprise there — the DMCA is twisted for all kinds of dumb purposes. The inexplicable part? The hate group filed a takedown on... its own press release. How dare you say that we said the words that we wrote in a press release. Read More >>

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Google’s Piracy Takedown Requests Hit By… Takedown Request

The big movie studios are going after Google, asking the search giant to stop publishing links to the DMCA takedown requests it receives as these only add to the ways people can try to find copyrighted material. Read More >>