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Google and Viacom settle lawsuit over copyright infringement on YouTube

Google and Viacom announced a settlement Tuesday in a long-running lawsuit claiming the Internet giant’s YouTube video-sharing site promoted copyright infringement. “This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together,” a joint statement by the companies…

Once again, the RIAA shows how easy it is to infringe on copyrights

One of the regular claims from the major labels and their representative groups, like the RIAA and BPI, is that copyright infringement is serious business, and everyone “knows” when copyright is being infringed. They always seem to brush off any claims…  …

Sarah Palin sued for copyright infringement by New Jersey publisher

The North Jersey Media Group filed suit against Sarah Palin and her political action committee Friday, alleging copyright infringement over the use of an iconic photograph of a flag at Ground Zero taken by one of their newspaper photographers. The suit filed in Manhattan federal court by the publisher of…

Creative Commons founder Larry Lessig threatened with copyright infringement

If you read Techdirt, you’re almost certainly familiar with Larry Lessig, the law professor at Harvard who (among many other things) has been an avid advocate for copyright reform and campaign finance reform, an author of many books about copyright…  …

Obama administration task force wants to make unauthorized streaming a felony

The U.S. Department of Commerce wants to crack down on the unauthorized streaming of video and audio content by reviving a provision of the Stop Online Piracy Act. In a report released last week, the Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force called for the unauthorized streaming of copyrighted works to…

Court reinstates Viacom copyright lawsuit against YouTube

A US appeals court on Thursday revived a billion-dollar lawsuit filed by entertainment giant Viacom accusing Google-owned website YouTube of knowingly profiting from pirated video clips. The judge handling the appeal reversed a lower court’s decision two years ago to toss out the case, saying that “a reasonable jury could…

French film, music industries shrink despite harsh anti-piracy law

A report published by the French High Authority for the Dissemination of Creative Works and Protection of Rights on the Internet (HADOPI) is being touted by file sharing opponents the world over as proof that so-called “graduated response” policies are very effective at stopping copyright infringement. Problem is, it neglects…

MegaUpload user asks federal court to return his files

A small business owner who used MegaUpload’s cloud-based storage system has asked a federal court to let him retrieve files that were seized as part of a criminal copyright investigation. Kyle Goodwin, who runs a business reporting on high school sporting events in Ohio, is being represented by the Electronic…

Author hilariously illustrates why copyright math is bogus

Giving a recent TED Talk, author Rob Reid, creator of the online music subscription service Rhapsody, illustrated for the audience exactly why so-called “copyright math” is almost completely bogus. “Copyright math” is a term used for the extrapolations published by groups like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), or…

EFF hopes to retrieve MegaUpload data for users

The Electronic Frontier Foundation announced Tuesday that it would try to help users retrieve data from the file sharing website MegaUpload.com, which was shut down by the FBI on January 19 because of alleged copyright infringement. “EFF is troubled that so many lawful users of Megaupload.com had their property taken…

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