After terrific year, music biz demands that world adopt “SOPA plus”

27 05 2012

In order to protect itself from piracy, the worldwide recording industry needs a few favors from governments and corporations around the globe, and a major new digital music report (PDF) from the industry’s worldwide lobby IFPI lays them out. When placed end-to-end, it’s a lengthy list—and its one that comes after a year of surprisingly strong growth for the industry.

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Twitter uncloaks a year’s worth of DMCA takedown notices, 4,410 in all

27 05 2012

On almost any given day, Twitter receives a handful of requests to delete tweets that link to pirated versions of copyrighted content—and quickly complies by erasing the offending tweets from its site.

That fact itself is probably unsurprising to people familiar with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown process, which gives sites like Twitter a “safe harbor” against lawsuits related to user behavior and uploads—so long as the sites don’t knowingly tolerate pirated material or links to such material.

But Twitter has taken the unusual step of making DMCA takedown notices public, in partnership with Chilling Effects, a project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and several universities. The site shows 4,410 cease and desist notices dating back to November 2010. While most of 2011 shows daily or near-daily activity, there is just one notice in January 2012, suggesting either that Twitter is suddenly receiving fewer DMCA takedown notices or that the database is not quite up to date. (If we find out from Twitter or Chilling Effects, we’ll update the story.)

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Beyond ACTA: next secret copyright agreement negotiated this week—in Hollywood

27 05 2012

One of the worst parts of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was its ridiculous secrecy, under which it was easy for negotiators and industry reps to see draft text, but impossible for the public to do so except through leaks. Thankfully, those leaks showed just how bad ACTA was going to be for the Internet, and public pressure helped remove the worst provisions.

But the basic approach to doing deals didn’t die, and it’s back again this week as negotiators meet in Hollywood to discuss a new, totally secret intellectual property chapter for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a regional trade agreement.

Civil society and digital rights groups would dearly love to be part of the process; barring that, they’d like to know simply what the process is so that they can at least mount press conferences of their own. But even that is difficult.

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Feds seize 307 sports-related domains in advance of Super Bowl

27 05 2012



Federal authorities said . . .  they had seized and shuttered 307 domains, 16 allegedly engaged in unauthorized live sports streaming and the remainder accused of selling fake professional sports merchandise, including National Football League paraphernalia.

The seizure, the biggest to date under the Immigration and Customs Enforcement crackdown known as Operation in Our Sites, (PDF) brings the total to more than 650 domains shuttered since the program began in June of 2010. The latest seizures, which quietly began in October, were announced days ahead of Super Sunday, when the New England Patriots play the New York Giants in the NFL Super Bowl, one of the world’s most popular sporting events.

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Whatever happened to that “six strikes” P2P notice system? It’s coming soon

27 05 2012

Whatever happened to the “six strikes” system that was to help civilize the American Internet?

Three years ago, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gave up its mass litigation strategy of targeting tens of thousands of alleged file-swappers. Instead, the group announced that it would pursue a “graduated response” system in partnership with Interent providers. Infringement notices would be sent on to subscribers, who would be hit with increasing penalties as the notices stacked up.

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In April, 2012, the CIC announced its director and board and it’s plans to go forward with implementation
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Game makers face uphill battle proving copyright infringement in court

27 05 2012

The idea of copying a successful game concept and profiting off of your own version is practically as old as the game industry itself—just look at the countless Pong clones released in the wake of the Atari original (which itself may have been copied from another source… but that’s another story). The idea of game copying has gained added attention in recent weeks, though, as some high-profile social game companies have released games some say are a little too similar to their existing inspirations.

Tiny Tower maker NimbleBit and Bingo Blitz maker Buffalo Studios both took issue with overly familiar titles recently released by Zynga, making their complaints known through large infographics that show near-identical side-by-side screenshots. But Triple Town developer Spry Fox went a step further, actually filing a lawsuit (PDF) against Yeti Town developer 6waves Lolapps, saying the latter company “unabashedly” cloned its popular social game.

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US judge rules in downloaders’ favor in porn-copyright case

27 05 2012

Published: 07 April, 2012, 01:20
RT.com

A California judge has blocked an attempt to prosecute alleged downloaders of copyrighted material in a move which is being championed as a win for American users of the Internet. . . .

the presiding judge said he had reservations against helping Hard Drive Productions because he believed their lawyers did not want to actually litigate with alleged copyright infringers. Instead, he ruled, he was weary that they were just trying to scare suspects into settling and spending upwards of thousands of dollars to make any court matter be dismissed.

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Judge denies record label’s request to shutter “used” MP3 store

27 05 2012

A one-of-a-kind website enabling the online sale of preowned digital-music files got a major legal boost late Monday when a federal judge refused to shutter it at the request of Capitol Records.

ReDigi, which opened in October, says it’s a modern-day, used-record store that provides account holders with a platform to buy and sell used MP3s that were purchased lawfully through iTunes. The platform’s technology does not support other digital files such as those purchased from Amazon or ripped from a CD.

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and as the trial gets closer:

Redigi Case Poses A Novel Copyright Question on the Resale of Digital Audio Files – Is “Digital First Sale” Legal?

by Lee Gesmer on March 16, 2012

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In world of copyright craziness, BitTorrent, Inc. soars to new heights

25 05 2012

It’s a turbulent time in the world of content distribution. Despite a successful protest against overly restrictive anti-piracy legislation, law enforcement has demonstrated its already considerable power to take copyright-infringing websites offline, and several hosting and torrent sites have gone dark voluntarily to evade prosecution.

In the middle of all these warring groups—or perhaps more accurately, completely removed from them—stands BitTorrent, Inc., a company whose technological innovation gave the Internet important new capabilities, making it easier for everyone to share files, both legally and illegally. Although the word “BitTorrent” is often used in context with the word “piracy,” the company itself has steered clear of legal problems by avoiding any distribution of unlicensed content, and narrowing its focus to delivering the best Internet file-sharing technology it’s capable of building.

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AP sues aggregator over “parasitic business model”

25 05 2012

The Associated Press is suing a paid news subscription company, alleging Tuesday that repackaging the wire service’s news content is a “parasitic business model.”

The suit (PDF) blasts the Meltwater Group of San Francisco, saying the 10-year-old company’s subscription service charges a fee for “content created at the expense and through the labor of others.”

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