Google is demoting pirate sites further in its search rankings. That news is one nugget contained in a larger report that details the company’s ongoing anti-piracy efforts.
Is Google dodging its legal duties to remove nude celebrity images in order to make a buck? No, but Hollywood lawyers are threatening a $100 million suit anyways.
Why are courts taking such a hardline against music-sharing sites? A judge’s decision this week to throw the book at music-sharing site Grooveshark is just the latest example of how the tide has turned.
The CEO of a defunct music site is in trouble after a jury ruled he should have known about copyrighted songs on the site. The verdict is partly the result of studios’ recent successes in shrinking the scope of so-called safe harbor laws.
LinkedIn says unknown people have been creating a wave of fake profiles in order to scrape the profiles of hundreds of thousands of users, and offer a competing recruiting product. Here’s the complaint and some details.
Free music streaming app Hypedmusic shut down this month after it got targeted by the RIAA for copyright infringement. Is this the start of a wider crackdown on music startups without licensing agreements?
The DMCA, a law intended to protect creative expression on the internet while protecting content owners, is under strain — but it’s still the best system we’ve got.
File-sharing service Hotfile was found guilty of copyright infringement in a U.S. federal court case decided on Wednesday. But just because Hotfile appears guilty, that doesn’t mean cyberlockers are inherently evil — regardless what the MPAA says.
Comcast has plans to target illegal downloaders with real-time offers to buy legitimate versions of the shows. Will it work?
Goodreads is being sued after a member of the book-sharing social network posted a celebrity photo to the site.
Have you checked out Vine recently? Legendary pop artist Prince has, with his record label filing a copyright notice with Twitter regarding videos on Vine. It seems like the general public might be giving Vine a serious look.
Twitter has changed the way it responds to DMCA copyright notices. Rather than removing tweets, it is “withdrawing” them instead. This helps show when and why tweets go missing, and also brings new transparency to the DMCA process.
Twitter released its first-ever transparency report on Monday, which provides statistics on the number of times governments and individuals requested data on Twitter users or made takedown requests under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act during the first half of 2012.
Google today released a new picture of the millions of links it scrubs from its search results in response to requests from Microsoft, movie studios and other content owners.
Verizon Communications has had a history of standing up against publishers seeking to subpoena information about its subscribers and their downloading habits, so it’s not a big surprise to see Big Red telling John Wiley’s lawyers to stuff it.
Plagiarized editions for sale in Amazon’s Kindle store show how the company is still adapting to the world of original content creation. At…
Veoh.com may be just a shell of its former self these days, but the video site and its former investors nonetheless scored another court victory against Universal Music this week. An appeals court reaffirmed the decision that Veoh is protected by the DMCA.
Will Grooveshark be the next LimeWire? The streaming music service is going to be sued by Warner Music and Sony Music, according to a report from the New York Times. This could mark a shift in litigation from P2P services to streaming music providers.
Pandora has established itself as the leading personalized radio service online. A new breed of services is now challenging Pandora by mashing up videos from around the web to personalized video streams, all without spending an arm and a leg on licensing.
Users that search for VLC on the Android Market get to see a whole bunch of apps that kind of look like the popular open-source video player, despite the fact that VLC for Android hasn’t been released yet. The foundation behind VLC wants to change that.
Suing Kino.to seemed too complicated because the site is hosted in Russia, so rights holders went after an ISP instead: Austria-based USP has to block access to the popular streaming video site to prevent its customers from accessing any unlicensed streams of Hollywood blockbusters.
Here we go again: Viacom has filed an appeal in its long-running lawsuit against Google and YouTube, arguing that founders of the video sharing site were aware of the massive infringement happening and that they shouldn’t be protected under the DMCA’s Safe Harbor provisions.
Two computer scientists have released source code for a tool that is capable of decrypting HDCP-protected video in real time, delivering another blow to a content protection system that is in use in most modern home entertainment devices. With it, HDCP could become an open secret.
Today the U.S. Copyright Office clarified how it plans to enforce the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, making new exemptions for things like jailbreaking iPhones. But “jailbreaking is legal” is not what the ruling said. It simply said jailbreaking is not a violation of copyright law.
Twilight Eclipse: The 8-Bit Interactive Game, a popular series of interactive YouTube videos that blended Twilight themes with 1980s 8-Bit graphics, has been taken down by YouTube based on a DMCA request by Summit Entertainment, the company that holds the movie rights of the Twilight Franchise.
YouTube has scored a victory in the copyright infringement lawsuit waged against it by Viacom, but the biggest winner of the day may be the DMCA — the 1998 law that was at the core of Google’s defense and that has been called outdated by some.
Canadian legislators plan to introduce restrictive new copyright legislation, possibly as soon as next month, according to copyright expert Michael Geist. It would come three years after another proposed copyright bill was withdrawn in the face of criticism that it was too restrictive.
It doesn’t seem easy, but April 2010 might mark the first time someone succeeds in killing a meme. According to the Open…
Music bloggers are upset because they say Google deleted their blogs without warning as a result of DMCA claims about songs they posted. But some of the bloggers say they were given the tracks they posted by record labels themselves as a promotional effort.
Judge Marilyn Hall Patel from the California Northern District Court dismissed RealNetworks’ (s RNWK) antitrust lawsuit against Hollywood, providing another blow to…
As most savvy technology readers know, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act prohibits “circumventing” digital rights management (DRM) and “other technical protection measures”…
Two non-profit advocacy groups are proposing changes to the way Congress and web hosts handle copyright claims. The suggestions come less than…
Updated below: No, this isn’t the big one, but nonetheless an important precedent: A federal judge in San Jose ruled today that video-sharin…
Washington-based adware vendor Zango has been in the spotlight in recent days for cooperating with web sites that serve pirated movies and…