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Det Missionerande Kopimistsamfundet | English
* All knowledge to all
* The search for knowledge is sacred
* The circulation of knowledge is sacred
* The act of copying is sacred.
kopimism  religion  copyfight  sweden  information 
april 2013 by deusx
Getting ultraviolent about UltraViolet™
But back to my user journey. After the 404 error I took control of the user experience myself. I Googled “Doctor Who S07E01 torrent”, and I very much doubt I’ll ever attempt to use UltraViolet™ again.
to:fb  drm  ultraviolet  movies  copyfight 
march 2013 by deusx
Aaron Swartz Was Right - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Until academics get their acts together and start using new modes of publication, we need to recognize that actions like Aaron Swartz's civil disobedience are legitimate. They are attempts to liberate knowledge that rightly belongs to all of us but that has been acquired by academic publishers through tens of thousands of contracts of adhesion and then bottled up and released for exorbitant fees in what functionally amounts to an extortion racket.
academia  publishing  aaronsw  copyfight 
february 2013 by deusx
The Pirate Bay Is The World’s Most Efficient Public Library - Falkvinge on Infopolicy
It begs the question why every author, filmmaker, and musician isn’t up in arms about the New York Public Library’s rampant sharing, while there’s a ton of opposition to the sharing habits of BitTorrent peers who use The Pirate Bay. After all, The Pirate Bay’s community shares significantly less than the New York Public Library: just 1 million items in 2008 (and the collection certainly hasn’t grown 5000% since then). The reason that The Pirate Bay is offensive, and the New York Public Library is not, is because of its efficiency.
libraries  piracy  copyfight  piratebay  bittorrent 
december 2012 by deusx
I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Fucking Ecosystem by Terence Eden has a Blog
I just want us all to get along. I want my disparate equipment to talk to each other. I don't want to live in a house where ever component has to be made by the same company otherwise nothing works correctly. I don't want to be stuck using a crappy product because they're the only ones offering service X.
to:fb  google  apple  amazon  mobile  ecosystem  drm  copyfight 
november 2012 by deusx
Marty Kaplan: GOP Smart on Copyright for 24 Hours
It is delicious to watch a young conservative apply conservative principles to demolish oligopolistic claptrap, even if those industries finance the campaigns of the members of Congress who pay his salary. It is sad to watch his bosses -- who never tire of railing against political correctness - place fealty to corporate elites above the spirit of intellectual inquiry.
politics  to:fb  copyfight  republicans  riaa  mpaa 
november 2012 by deusx
On Patents : The Word of Notch
If you own a software patent, you should feel bad.
patents  notch  minecraft  copyfight  to:fb  legal  ip  business 
july 2012 by deusx
An Open Letter to Jay Leno About Stealing My Video and Then Getting It Removed From YouTube | Splitsider
First off, my intention is not to fight you on this. You have more cars than I have dollars, and so I know I don’t stand a chance legally, and on top of that, I don’t really understand how legal stuff works. But the truth is you kind of fucked up my shit and I need to talk to you about it.
copyfight  to:fb  youtube  google  jayleno  copyright 
may 2012 by deusx
RIAA claims Limewire owes it $72 trillion—that's "trillion" with a "T" | Music | Newswire | The A.V. Club
According to documents recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the RIAA was asking for damages of about $72 trillion dollars, a figure that the judge in the case said is "absurd." Judge Kimba Wood wrote in a recent decision that, "An award based on the RIAA calculations would amount to 'more money than the entire music industry has made since Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877.'"
copyfight  music  to:fb  assholes  riaa  limewire  copyright 
may 2012 by deusx
The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent A Box Office Record | TorrentFreak
Despite the widespread availability of pirated releases, The Avengers just scored a record-breaking $200 million opening weekend at the box office. While some are baffled to see that piracy failed to crush the movie’s profits, it’s really not that surprising. Claiming a camcorded copy of a movie seriously impacts box office attendance is the same as arguing that concert bootlegs stop people from seeing artists on stage.
copyfight  avengers  movies  piracy  to:fb 
may 2012 by deusx
Adam Yauch and Paul’s Boutique: How dumb court decisions have made it nearly impossible for artists to sample the way the Beastie Boys did - Slate Magazine
How dumb court decisions and bad laws have made it all but impossible for musicians to sample the way the Beastie Boys used to.
beastieboys  music  copyfight  sampling  to:fb  remix  copyright 
may 2012 by deusx
At 92, Movie Bootlegger Is Soldiers’ Hero - NYTimes.com
“Big Hy” — his handle among many loyal customers — would almost certainly be cast as Hollywood Enemy No. 1 but for a few details. He is actually Hyman Strachman, a 92-year-old, 5-foot-5 World War II veteran trying to stay busy after the death of his wife. And he has sent every one of his copied DVDs, almost 4,000 boxes of them to date, free to American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
copyfight  to:fb  military  dvds  movies  videos 
april 2012 by deusx
Tor/Forge E-book Titles to Go DRM-Free | Tor.com
“Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time,” said president and publisher Tom Doherty. “They’re a technically sophisticated bunch, and DRM is a constant annoyance to them. It prevents them from using legitimately-purchased e-books in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another.”
ebooks  tor  scifi  awesome  drm  copyfight  to:fb 
april 2012 by deusx
Patent wars, Silicon Valley, and DIY software innovators. - Slate Magazine
Patents are supposed to reward innovation, but in the software industry, they are having the opposite effect. The patent system has become a minefield that punishes innovators who accidentally infringe the patents of others. There are now so many software patents in force that it is practically impossible to avoid infringing them all.
patents  copyfight  innovation 
march 2012 by deusx
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Why publishers should give away ebooks
So why give away the bits? Well, traditional book publishers have three big imperatives today: (1) protect print sales for as long as possible (in order to fund a longer-term transition to a workable new business model); (2) help keep physical bookstores in business (for the reasons set out in this article by Julie Bosman); and (3) do anything possible to curb the power of Amazon.com, the publishers' arch-frenemy.
ebooks  publishers  copyfight 
february 2012 by deusx
We, the Web Kids - Pastebin.com
What we value the most is freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of access to information and to culture. We feel that it is thanks to freedom that the Web is what it is, and that it is our duty to protect that freedom. We owe that to next generations, just as much as we owe to protect the environment.
freedom  web  copyfight  society  culture  to:fb 
february 2012 by deusx
EFF Wins Protection for Time Zone Database | Electronic Frontier Foundation
In a statement, Astrolabe said, "Astrolabe's lawsuit against Mr. Olson and Mr. Eggert was based on a flawed understanding of the law. We now recognize that historical facts are no one's property and, accordingly, are withdrawing our Complaint. We deeply regret the disruption that our lawsuit caused for the volunteers who maintain the TZ database, and for Internet users."
tzinfo  astrolabe  copyfight  eff 
february 2012 by deusx
Eternal Copyright: a modest proposal – Telegraph Blogs
Certainly we wouldn't want to listen to their other suggestions, which would see us broaden the definition of "fair use" and, horrifically, reduce copyright terms back to merely a lifetime or even less. Not only would such an act deprive our great-great-grandchildren of their birthright, but it would surely choke off creativity to the dark ages of the 18th and 19th centuries, a desperately lean time for art in which we had to make do with mere scribblers such as Wordsworth, Swift, Richardson, Defoe, Austen, Bronte, Hardy, Dickens, and Keats.
copyfight  copyright  writing  ip 
february 2012 by deusx
Congrats, US Government: You're Scaring Web Businesses Into Moving Out Of The US | Techdirt
The federal government has been paying lip service to the idea that it wants to encourage new businesses and startups in the US. And this is truly important to the economy, as studies have shown that almost all of the net job growth in this country is coming from internet startups. Thankfully some politicians recognize this, but the federal government seems to be going in the other direction. With the JotForm situation unfolding, where the US government shut down an entire website with no notice or explanation, people are beginning to recognize that the US is not safe for internet startups.
business  copyfight  internet  censorship  politics 
february 2012 by deusx
US Returns JotForm.com Domain; Still Refuses To Say What Happened | Techdirt
There's been a lot of interest in the story of the Secret Service completely shutting down JotForm.com through a request to GoDaddy. It appears that the suspension is now ending, though it hasn't fully propagated. What's amazing is that no one in the US government (or at GoDaddy) seems to be willing to explain what happened. When GoDaddy completely shut down JotForm.com with no notice, the folks at JotForm had to inquire as to what the hell happened to their entire website. They were merely told to contact a Secret Service agent. That agent then told JotForm she was too busy to respond to them and would get back to them within a week.

Think about that for a second. The US government completely takes down a small business' website and then is too busy to explain why.
copyfight  censorship  us  internet 
february 2012 by deusx
US Government 'Suspends' JotForm.com Over User Generated Forms; Censorship Regime Expands | Techdirt
Activities like this will chill innovation and entrepreneurship in the US. Why locate here or even setup under a .com if the US government might kill your business with no explanation at any moment?
copyfight  censorship  us  internet 
february 2012 by deusx
The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde Questions Why We Let Dying Industries Dictate Terms Of Democracy | Techdirt
It's stories like this that raise significant questions about the prosecution. Even if you believe that Sunde was guilty of what he was charged with, I would think you should be able to admit that the list of things above should not have happened under any circumstance. When you read that... and then realize that the guy leading the prosecution against Megaupload for the US DOJ used to work for the industry as an "anti-piracy" exec -- you see the same pattern happening again and again. People who have too close connections to industry are making decisions on these issues designed to protect their industries, rather than looking at the actual impact on society and the economy. That's a pretty big problem, and shows how "regulatory capture" can sometimes become "judicial capture" as well.
copyfight  piratebay  corruption 
february 2012 by deusx
The NFL Issues Takedown For Chrysler Super Bowl Commercial | Techdirt
Ah, the bogus takedown. The latest is that apparently the NFL somehow and for some reason took down Chrysler's Clint Eastwood Super Bowl commercial from YouTube. Pretty much every advertiser put up their commercials on YouTube, and it's unclear why or how the NFL might claim any sort of copyright on any of those ads. But, for some time that's exactly what happened, making Chrysler's own website promoting the ad look pretty silly:
copyfight  commercials  chrysler  superbowl  nfl 
february 2012 by deusx
The President's challenge - O'Reilly Radar
Take the truck, the boat, the helicopter, that we've sent you. Don't wait for the time machine, because we're never going to invent something that returns you to 1965 when copying was hard and you could treat the customer's convenience with contempt.
sopa  net  copyfight  freedom 
january 2012 by deusx
Universal Censors Megaupload Song, Gets Branded a “Rogue Label” | TorrentFreak
Earlier today, Megaupload released a pop video featuring mainstream artists who endorse the cyberlocker service. News of the controversial Mega Song even trended on Twitter, but has now been removed from YouTube on copyright grounds by Universal Music. Kim Dotcom says that Megaupload owns everything in the video, and that the label has engaged in dirty tricks in an attempt to sabotage their successful viral campaign.
umg  universal  megaupload  sopa  copyfight  censorship 
december 2011 by deusx
Lamar Smith is a cheap date - Boing Boing
How much has it cost the entertainment industry to convince Rep Lamar Smith to introduce and ram through SOPA, which will cost the American economy billions, which will nuke the games, microprocessor, search, and other high tech companies in his Texas district? A mere $50K a year for 10 years. You know, it's one thing to be a sellout; but to sell out so cheaply -- man, have some self-respect. (via /.)
sopa  politics  copyfight  us  law 
december 2011 by deusx
Head MPAA shill reduced to outright lies in bid to make the case for SOPA - Boing Boing
Case in point: Dodd recently told the Center for American Progress that "The entire film industry of Spain, Egypt and Sweden are gone."
sopa  copyfight  lies  law  us 
december 2011 by deusx
No Copyright Intended - Waxy.org
Remix culture is the new Prohibition, with massive media companies as the lone voices calling for temperance. You can criminalize commonplace activities from law-abiding people, but eventually, something has to give.
copyright  copyfight  ip  youtube  future  law 
december 2011 by deusx
Zittrain in Technology Review: The personal computer is dead
Both software developers and users should demand more. Developers should look for ways to reach their users unimpeded, through still-open platforms, or through pressure on the terms imposed by the closed ones. And users should be ready to try "off-roading" with the platforms that still allow it—hewing to the original spirit of the PC, perhaps amplified by systems that let apps have a trial run on a device without being given the keys to the kingdom. If we allow ourselves to be lulled into satisfaction with walled gardens, we'll miss out on innovations to which the gardeners object, and we'll set ourselves up for censorship of code and content that was previously impossible. We need some angry nerds.
censorship  future  internet  pc  cloud  copyfight 
december 2011 by deusx
A List Apart: Articles: Say No to SOPA
A List Apart strongly opposes United States H.R.3261 AKA the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), an ill-conceived lobbyist-driven piece of legislation that is technically impossible to enforce, cripplingly burdensome to support, and would, without hyperbole, destroy the internet as we know it.
sopa  internet  freedom  copyfight 
november 2011 by deusx
US judge orders hundreds of sites "de-indexed" from Google, Facebook
After a series of one-sided hearings, luxury goods maker Chanel has won recent court orders against hundreds of websites trafficking in counterfeit luxury goods. A federal judge in Nevada has agreed that Chanel can seize the domain names in question and transfer them all to US-based registrar GoDaddy. The judge also ordered "all Internet search engines" and "all social media websites"—explicitly naming Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Bing, Yahoo, and Google—to "de-index" the domain names and to remove them from any search results.
chanel  sopa  copyfight  dns  internet  freedom 
november 2011 by deusx
Ex-RIAA Boss Ignores All Criticisim Of SOPA/PIPA, Claims Any Complaints Are Trying To Justify Stealing | Techdirt
But, even more to the point, it's getting ridiculous how many people defending SOPA/PIPA are doing so using this logic. They brush off all of the specific concerns, the highlights of problematic language, and they conclude "why are you justifying theft?" Of course, that's ridiculous. Beyond the fact that "theft" and "infringement" are very different (don't get me started), nothing in anyone's complaints about SOPA or PIPA have anything to do with "justifying" infringement. In fact, in the post that was being discussed, we clearly noted that infringement is a problem. We just disagree that PIPA and SOPA are reasonably, or even effective, solutions.
sopa  freedom  internet  censorship  copyfight 
november 2011 by deusx
The Copyright Industry – A Century Of Deceit | TorrentFreak
It is far past due that the copyright industry is stripped of its nobility benefits, every part of its governmental weekly allowance, and gets kicked out of its comfy chair to get a damn job and learn to compete on a free and honest market.
copyfight  law  media  censorship  freedom  dmca  piratebay 
november 2011 by deusx
Microsoft's Cold Feet Over SOPA Behind BSA's 'Rethinking' Its Views | Techdirt
One of the big surprises this week was that the normally "maximalist" organization, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) -- basically the RIAA of software -- did an abrupt and unexpected turnaround on SOPA. While it had been close to gushing in its initial support, it backed that down quite a bit, noting that the bill would likely have unintended consequences that needed to be dealt with. Behind that shift? Apparently Microsoft. Microsoft, who has been quite aggressive on copyright (and patent) enforcement lately, has always publicly supported these bills, in contrast to nearly all of the rest of the tech industry. However, even it appears to recognize that SOPA goes way too far, and apparently had a little discussion with the BSA about backing down.
copyfight  sopa  law  censorship 
november 2011 by deusx
Software Makers Shun SOPA Bill - Government - Policy & Regulation - Informationweek
A group that represents a number of major software developers, including Microsoft, Adobe, and CA, has withdrawn its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill, which would require Internet companies and other players in the tech ecosystem to deny services to suspected software pirates and copyright violators.
sopa  bsa  copyfight  law  internet 
november 2011 by deusx
MPAA Costs Hollywood More Than US BitTorrent Piracy | TorrentFreak
During the last year Netflix managed to outgrow BitTorrent in terms of the amount of US Internet traffic it generates. A promising finding for Hollywood as it shows that there’s an overwhelming interest for the legal movie streaming service. At TorrentFreak we wondered what might happen if all US BitTorrent users made the switch to Netflix, and the results of this exploration are quite intriguing.
netflix  bittorrent  copyfight  mpaa 
november 2011 by deusx
Major Game Publishers Onboard with SOPA and Protect IP Act
Among the publishers include giants like Electronic Arts, Capcom USA, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Sega, THQ, Square Enix, Take Two, and Ubisoft. Major developing studios have also declared where they stand with the proposed law that enables the government to blacklist websites and stifle freedom of speech. These studios include 38 Studios, Nival, and Gears of War developer Epic Games. A full list of ESA members can be found at the organization's website here.
sopa  internet  freedom  copyfight  gaming 
november 2011 by deusx
US State Department not for internet freedom - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
San Francisco, California: The US State Department is once again undermining its own Internet Freedom Initiative - this time by giving the green light to a copyright bill that will adversely affect online free speech around the world.
sopa  politics  law  internet  copyfight  freedom 
november 2011 by deusx
Congress Weighs Fighting Internet Piracy Like the War on Drugs - Conor Friedersdorf - Politics - The Atlantic
Phone books list all sorts of businesses, a small percentage of which engage in illegal activity. Yet I could never call Pac Bell and demand, "Hey, my house got robbed a few weeks back, and when I went into this pawn shop, they had my television set. Remove them or you're liable!"
sopa  copyfight  freedom  internet 
november 2011 by deusx
Anti-piracy bill meets Web-freedom backlash - CNN.com
But a major online backlash has evolved, with everyone from lawmakers to Web-freedom advocates to some of technology's biggest players calling it a greedy and dangerous overreach that could have a chilling effect on free speech and innovation.
sopa  politics  copyfight  internet  freedom 
november 2011 by deusx
And Now... Back To Your Regularly Scheduled Posts (i.e., Not Just SOPA) | Techdirt
I recognize that all of the posts today have been about SOPA and the House Judiciary Committee hearings on SOPA. Some of you liked this. Some of you did not. We've never done anything like that before, focusing just on one issue for the entire day, but it is a big issue, one that I feel strongly about, one that I think impacts all of you... and one that there was a lot going on about.
tech  sopa  censorship  law  copyfight 
november 2011 by deusx
Internet Community Shut Out of Stop Online Piracy Act Hearing - Again | Electronic Frontier Foundation
This morning, EFF’s staff and concerned netizens across the country tuned into the live webcast of the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261). At least we tried to. Unfortunately, we were confronted with an incredibly poor webcast stream for much of the hearing. We find it ironic and deeply concerning that Congress is unable to successfully stream video of an event this important to all Internet users, even as they are debating a dangerous plan to change the Internet in fundamental ways and deputize Internet intermediaries to act like content police.
internet  sopa  censorship  copyfight  hollywood  law  us 
november 2011 by deusx
At Web censorship hearing, Congress guns for "pro-pirate" Google
The House Judiciary Committee today held an important hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act with a hugely stacked deck of witnesses—Google's lawyer was the only one of the six to object to the bill in a meaningful way. And it wasn't hard to see why. This wasn't a hearing designed to elicit complex thoughts about complex issues of free speech, censorship, and online piracy; despite the objections of the ACLU, dozens of foreign civil rights groups, tech giants like Google and eBay, the Consumer Electronics Association, China scholar Rebecca MacKinnon, hundreds of law professors and lawyers, the hearing was designed to shove the legislation forward and to brand companies who object as siding with "the pirates."
copyfight  sopa  tech  freedom  internet 
november 2011 by deusx
A Look At The Testimony Given At Today's SOPA Lovefest Congressional Hearings... With A Surprise From MasterCard | Techdirt
We already know that today's SOPA hearings for the House Judiciary Committee are totally stacked in favor of the bill. But with the hearings getting underway, we wanted to dive in and look at what's about to be said. Most of the testimony leaked out yesterday, allowing us to spend some time going through it -- it's all embedded below. However, here's a taste of what's going to be said... with some additional commentary (of course).
sopa  law  freedom  copyfight 
november 2011 by deusx
SOPA Gives Me Powers That I Don't Want | Techdirt
In reality though, most of the large tech companies that exist today were once very small and very fragile. If SOPA was in place, those companies would have never grown up, since the two guys in a garage would have required four lawyers to survive. Dropbox is a perfect example. Created by some college students, the company provides shared online storage space for a fee. Under SOPA, the company would have been cut off from its revenues as soon as a single accusation was made that it was hosting copyrighted material. As a small company this could have been crippling. Today though, I know that Dropbox is one of the most popular tools in the movie industry, since it allows easy sharing of new daily shots, music cues, draft movie posters and more. The innovative tech companies of the future will be extinguished before they have a chance to even get out the door.
copyfight  congress  law  internet  freedom  censorship  sopa 
november 2011 by deusx
Google Friends Facebook to Fight Piracy Act - Bloomberg
Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat who served three decades in the Senate, is looking for a win in his new role as head of the MPAA, which grew powerful in Washington under the 38-year leadership of Jack Valenti, a onetime aide to Lyndon Johnson. The group’s members include Walt Disney Co. (DIS), Viacom Inc. (VIA/B)’s Paramount Pictures, Sony Corp. (6758), News Corp. (NWSA), Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s NBC Universal and Time Warner Inc. (TWX)’s Warner Bros.
hollywood  internet  copyfight  us  censorship  law 
november 2011 by deusx
Updated: Hollywood and Congress Target Mozilla - ReadWriteCloud
The bill is, by nearly any sane measure, overreaching and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that the bill targets Mozilla specifically for refusing to comply with Homeland Security's ICE unit.
mozilla  internet  sopa  law  copyfight  hollywood 
november 2011 by deusx
Hollywood's New War on Software Freedom and Internet Innovation | Electronic Frontier Foundation
In this new bill, Hollywood has expanded its censorship ambitions. No longer content to just blacklist entries in the Domain Name System, this version targets software developers and distributors as well. It allows the Attorney General (doing Hollywood or trademark holders' bidding) to go after more or less anyone who provides or offers a product or service that could be used to get around DNS blacklisting orders. This language is clearly aimed at Mozilla, which took a principled stand in refusing to assist the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to censor the domain name system, but we are also concerned that it could affect the open source community, internet innovation, and software freedom more broadly:
mozilla  internet  copyfight  sopa  law  hollywood  government 
november 2011 by deusx
Fight For The Future
Why have we all been sitting idly while the movie and music lobbyists have been systematically advancing legislation that strips freedoms, blocks innovation, and exclusively advances Hollywood's financial agenda?
copyfight  hollywood  freedom  civilrights  internet  censorship  activism  advocacy 
november 2011 by deusx
STOP SOPA, SAVE THE INTERNET - Boing Boing
These bills represent a major blow to openness and freedom on the Internet, free speech rights, and the fabric of the Internet itself. If SOPA is allowed to pass, the Internet and free speech will never be the same again.
internet  freedom  hollywood  copyfight 
november 2011 by deusx
OpenDNS Tells Congress Not To Create The Great Firewall Of America | Techdirt
When I went to Washington DC a few weeks ago with other entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, one of those whom I had the pleasure of meeting and walking the halls of Congress with was David Ulevitch, the CEO of OpenDNS, the world's largest DNS and internet security service. His service protects over 30 million people every day, and is currently used to protect people in approximately one-third of every public K-12 school. Hearing his story and his concerns about PROTECT IP and SOPA was really eye-opening. He's someone who clearly understands DNS and DNS/IP blocking better than probably anyone. And he told me that if SOPA were in place when he was first creating OpenDNS, he wouldn't have bothered. The liability would be just too great.
netneutrality  copyfight  law  us 
november 2011 by deusx
Adobe's future is controlling what you watch, not delivering it • The Register
Adobe's decision to stop developing mobile Flash shouldn't surprise: Adobe can see there's more money in preventing people watching stuff than enabling them to do so.
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Amazon's Kindle might be the biggest kid on the block, but just about all the other electronic book readers rely on Adobe's Digital Editions DRM to protect (and distribute) their content (which is laid out using the Adobe-owned-but-happily-shared ePub format).
adobe  drm  flash  copyfight 
november 2011 by deusx
Warner Bros: we issued takedowns for files we never saw, didn't own copyright to
In a Monday court filing, Warner Brothers admitted that it has issued takedown notices for files without looking at them first. The studio also acknowledged that it issued takedown notices for a number of URLs that its adversary, the locker site Hotfile, says were obviously not Warner Brothers' content.
copyfight  warner  media 
november 2011 by deusx
Viacom so devastated by piracy that CEO gets $50 million raise
For years, the Motion Picture Association of America has been pushing legislation to ratchet up copyright enforcement. In 2008, the association helped push through the PRO-IP Act , which allowed the federal government to seize domain names used for copyright infringement and created a new federal...
copyfight  viacom 
november 2011 by deusx
RIAA lawyer says DMCA may need overhaul | Media Maverick - CNET News
"I think Congress got it right, but I think the courts are getting it wrong," Pariser said during a panel discussion at the NY Entertainment & Technology Law Conference. "I think the courts are interpreting Congress' statute in a manner that is entirely too restrictive of content owners' rights and too open to [Internet] service providers.

"We might need to go to Congress at some point for a fix," Pariser added. "Not because the statute was badly drafted but because the interpretation has been so hamstrung by court decisions."
copyfight  riaa  dmca  politics  assholes 
november 2011 by deusx
MPAA Helped Police Seize 'Pirated' DVDs That Were Actually Fully Authorized | Techdirt
Here's a story that touches on a few different issues of importance around these parts. We'll get to the details of the legal ruling in a bit, but the background is really the key part. At the beginning of 2009, a company in Valencia, California, called L&M Optical Disc West, received an order from an authorized partner of the producers of the film Milk to manufacture the DVDs of the film. They began doing exactly that. On February 2nd, as part of a supposedly unrelated police raid, police saw those DVDs and found them "suspicious." They rang up the MPAA who sent over an "investigator," who falsely declared that the DVDs were unauthorized, leading the police to seize them (though, oddly, allowing the private investigation firm to hold them) and to declare to the press that they had found "pirated" DVDs of Milk. This happened despite multiple attempts by L&M staff to explain that they had a legitimate order, even offering to show the "investigator" the details of the order.
copyfight  mpaa  business 
november 2011 by deusx
Google mulls divorcing Chamber of Commerce - Jennifer Martinez - POLITICO.com
Many in the tech industry believe the Chamber is doing the bidding of Hollywood and other deep-pocketed members of the content industry. The Chamber believes the IP bills are needed to stop rogue sites from profiting off the content its members spend millions making.
politics  economy  copyfight 
november 2011 by deusx
Piracy problems? US copyright industries show terrific health
"Things are going so "badly" that a major new report commissioned by copyright holders says that these "consistently positive trends solidify the status of the copyright industries as a key engine of growth for the US economy as a whole.""
copyfight  piracy 
november 2011 by deusx
Proposed Copyright Bill Threatens Whistleblowing and Human Rights | Electronic Frontier Foundation
"It’s unclear whether SOPA’s authors intended it to cover these websites that are vital to whistleblowing and human rights. If they didn’t, they need to press re-set; and next time, consult with the numerous Internet communities the bill could affect, rather than exclusively Hollywood lobbyists. But the immediate need is clear: the bill must be killed. If you care about free speech and a free Internet, act now!"
internet  speech  freedom  copyfight  hollywood 
november 2011 by deusx
Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: It’s Time to Stop Talking About Copyright
I’m all for sorting out the rules that govern the entertainment’s supply chain, but let’s keep some perspective here: when we ‘‘solve’’ copyright problems at the expense of the Internet, we solve them at the expense of 21st-century society as a whole.
internet  politics  copyfight 
november 2011 by deusx
Your movie on every platform, sort of, for a while: how the new UltraViolet DRM fails
UltraViolet is a digital rights authentication system developed by the movie industry to give consumers access to the content they have purchased across a number of devices. It sounds straightforward enough, but when we bought a Blu-ray copy of Horrible Bosses in order to see how well UltraViolet is implemented, we found it to be too tied down to proprietary apps, its access limited in too many ways, and the viewing experience subpar. It's a hassle.
entertainment  copyfight  ultraviolet  movies 
november 2011 by deusx
Video: Judge Savagely Beats His Daughter For Illegal Downloads | TorrentFreak
Downloading copyright material without the permission of rightsholders is often portrayed as a heinous crime and treated as such by many judges across the United States. But what is an appropriate punishment for this apparently increasingly wicked act? Multi-million dollar fines? Jail? For one sixteen year-old girl using file-sharing software KaZaA, it was a savage beating, delivered by the leather belt of her father, Judge William Adams. And it was all caught on camera.
copyfight  judges  beatings 
november 2011 by deusx
MPAA Lashes Out Against Rogue Cyberlockers | TorrentFreak
An internal MPAA fact-sheet obtained by TorrentFreak shows that the movie industry is preparing a full-frontal attack on the business model of what they call “rogue cyberlockers”. The document summarizes how these file-hosting sites offer affiliates cash in return for signing up new premium members. According to the MPAA these practices facilitate mass-copyright infringement.
copyfight  mpaa  cyberlockers 
november 2011 by deusx
How To Strip DRM from Kindle E-Books and Others | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
You love your Kindle, but you hate the DRM. What do you do? Well, if you like, we’ll tell you how to strip the copy-protection from your e-books, leaving a plain, vanilla e-book file in the format of your choice. This doesn’t just work for Kindle book, either. The method, detailed by Apprentice Alf, will also remove DRM from Mobipocket, Barnes and Noble, Adobe Digital Editions and Fictionwise books, making these stores much more attractive to buyers.
ebooks  kindle  drm  copyfight 
april 2011 by deusx
Vimeo Sued By Capitol Records Over Lip Dubs - Secret Enemy Hideout
"Capitol, you’re a bunch of goof-balls. This lawsuit is the tactical equivalent to pooping on someone’s birthday cake."
music  copyfight  capitol  poop  birthdaycake  harveydanger  copyright  musicindustry  vimeo  from delicious
december 2009 by deusx
Associated rePress
"A tribute to "fair use" and the AP's misguided crusade against the hyperlink. All content on this site was generated automatically from the AP's own RSS feeds. (Sorry, we forgot to include your magic DRM beans.) ♥"
associatedpress  ap  publishing  drm  copyfight  fairuse  press  journalism  news 
july 2009 by deusx
wayneandwax.com » Songs as Shared Things
"Songs have always been shareable and shared. People, young and old, share songs with each other – by singing or playing them - in a variety of ways and settings, through a variety of technologies and media or other manner of accompaniment (as well as a capella). Songs as recordings are not fundamentally different in this respect. Since the advent of recorded media, people have shared songs in this form as well: played for each other in private and public settings, on personally distributed mixes (mixed tapes / CDs), and, in the age of mp3s, as files sent via email, IM (instant message), torrent, third-party hosting site, or any manner of online sites and services. "
music  songs  culture  copyfight  social  sampling  remix  community  capitalism 
july 2009 by deusx
Are downloads really killing the music industry? Or is it something else? | Technology | guardian.co.uk
"the reality is that nowadays, one can choose between a game costing £40 that will last weeks, or a £10 CD with two great tracks and eight dud ones. I think a lot of people are choosing the game - and downloading the two tracks. That's real discretion in spending. It's hurting the music industry, sure. But let's not cloud the argument with false claims about downloads."
copyfight  music  gaming  filesharing  business 
june 2009 by deusx
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