It was a problem that had been solved for all intents and purposes years ago when YouTube put the power into the hands of major copyright owners. Now, WSJ has uncovered that a new round of full-length movie uploads has been creeping onto YouTube, some of which have received millions of views. Google launched the… Continue reading Illegally uploaded full-length movies pop up again on YouTube
Remember the amazing self-portrait of the monkey that was making the rounds the other week? The Cliff’s Notes background: A photographer, David Slater, left his camera unattended for a little while while he was in the forests of Indonesia. A female black macaque got curious, as monkeys are wont to do, and picked it up.… Continue reading Monkey see, monkey sue? Or, can a monkey hold a copyright?
When the tables turn, comedy often ensues. Such is the ironic case of Righthaven.com, the “copyright troll” that attempts to seize cash and domains from bloggers and other publications who repost pictures and stories from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. For a year, Righthaven has filed claims that by printing the material of which they own… Continue reading Serves them right: Righthaven (aka MegaCopyrightTroll) loses own domain
Nobody likes the companies the RIAA and MPAA are using to chase Peer-To-Peer file sharers, but I was particularly tickled to see this pop up in my RSS feed. The US Copyright Group has filed more than 14,000 lawsuits against P2P users, but apparently they’re not above a little copyright infringement themselves. Their own website… Continue reading Doh! Anti-PSP Law Firm’s Website Is A Rip Off
Woah. This is big. You know how the DMCA says it’s illegal to, say, crack the DRM on a DVD – that you bought and paid for – so that you can watch it on your iPod? And you know how that seems, ya’ know, totally insane? Well it seems someone out there has seen… Continue reading “The DMCA Says WHAT? It’s Time to Fix That Nonsense.”
The Spanish government is quite unique as far as copyright laws are considered: it is completely legal to upload and download copyrighted material as long as it is for “personal use.” This means that every single Spaniard can download the latest Timbaland track, rip the latest Avatar movie, and acquire an unlimited amount of content… Continue reading Spanish Government Officials Stealing Content On A Regular Basis