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Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this remarkable young man has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Beastie Boys ‘Impressed’ by Viral ‘Girls’ Video, but Want It Taken Down

A feministy commercial for a toy line that encourages young girls to play like engineers, and not princesses, may have to come down.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Companies Will Soon Be Able to Punish You for Illegal Downloads

Beginning this week, the five major Internet service providers—AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon—will be able to take recourse against you if you download—or are suspected of downloading—anything illegally.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Who’s Supporting SOPA and PIPA?

ProPublica has created an easy-to-use database that lists the congressional supporters and opponents of two bills that threaten Internet freedom under the guise of strengthening copyright protections. Of the current 80 proponents and 29 contesters, where do your representatives stand?

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 READ MORE


Corporations Have Hijacked Copyright Law, Too

Copyright originated in early 1700s England as a contract between authors and society, “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times [28 years] to Authors … the exclusive right to their respective Writings.” (more)

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



Ignoring Iceland’s Revolution

Iceland’s revolution goes unperceived by U.S. media; Greece worries about the China-ization of its country; and Egypt questions the need for a violent uprising. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE


Lawrence Lessig Says Democrats Suck at Free Culture

In this TEDTalk from April, Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig argues that Republicans are better at community creativity.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE



Castro Edition

Going nuclear in the Senate, the anthropology of “Avatar” and why Fidel Castro sent doctors instead of soldiers to Haiti. These stories and more on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Pirate Bay Founders Get Jail Time

While not to be confused with piracy on the high seas, a Swedish court has ordered that the four founders of The Pirate Bay, the most renowned file-sharing Web site on the Internet, should be jailed for one year after being found guilty of breaking copyright law. All this for a site that provides user-submitted links to media, not storage of the media itself.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 READ MORE



Hollywood Battles Swedish Pirates

The founders of The Pirate Bay, one of the biggest names in file sharing, face up to two years in a hard-core Swedish prison if they can’t convince a judge that their unfortunately named Web site isn’t legally responsible for 115 million kronor worth of media piracy.

Posted on Feb 16, 2009 READ MORE



Mark Fischer on Copyright in the Digital Age

A new book by Lawrence Lessig asks what constitutes copyright infringement in the era of “sampling” and point-and-click downloading.

Posted on Jan 30, 2009 READ MORE


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U.K. Cracking Down on Net Piracy

The British government is planning to “significantly reduce” the country’s online file-sharing of copyrighted content, by at least 50 percent, in the next three years through a sequence of warning letters, Internet account suspensions and ultimate expulsion from Internet access.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Google Loses YouTube Privacy Battle

A court has ordered Google to hand over the viewing log of every user and every video ever on YouTube. Media giant Viacom is suing Google over copyright violations, and won access to the 12 terabytes of data, but not YouTube’s source code, which it also demanded. Google has asked to anonymize the data.

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 READ MORE


AP Backs Down, Blog Crisis Averted

The Associated Press over the weekend challenged the very format of blogging, prompting an immediate boycott and, almost as quickly, a reversal. The blogosphere began organizing a bipartisan boycott after AP informed the Drudge Retort that its excerpts of AP stories—some as short as 39 words—were a violation of copyright. The news cooperative has since retreated, saying it will work toward “better and more positive” guidelines.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE



guardian.co.uk

AT&T, Microsoft Discuss Internet Filtering

During a panel discussion at the annual consumer electronics show, representatives from NBC, Microsoft and AT&T made the case for filtering Internet content at the service provider level. The idea is to stop the movement of copyrighted material, but there is a large, scary implication: allowing the pipe owner to control what passes through.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Many Net Radio Stations Observe Day of Silence

Because royalties for webcasters have been dramatically increased, many Internet radio sites have proclaimed Tuesday, June 26, a day of silence.  A recent ruling held that starting July 15, Web-based broadcasters must pay triple for royalties. 

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


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musicsupervisioncentral.com

Closing the Box on Pandora?

The Internet radio business changed suddenly on April 16, when the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board decided in favor of drastic hikes in the royalty fees that webcasters pay record labels to play their music. Pandora founder Tim Westergren (above) says this ruling could put an end to American internet radio as we know it.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


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