Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Self-publishing and DCMA abuse: Could you be a target?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Self-published author Becca Mills has just shared details of what appears to be a particularly nasty scam or stalking practice targeting self-published authors: Use of fabricated DCMA claims to force a self-published work offline and/or extort money from said work’s writers. Here, via David [...]

Grim and gritty Power Rangers fan film brings fanfic back into legal spotlight

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A new legal battle over fanfic might be shaping up. In the last couple of days, music video director Joseph Kahn and producer Adi Shankar released a 15-minute short film reimagining Power Rangers as a grim and gritty dark future drama a la Pacific Rim. The film stars name actors, including James [...]

Judge Cote rules DRM removal for fair use is not copyright infringement

By Chris Meadows
December 10, 2014 // 7 Comments

The Apple anti-trust case continues to have some interesting fallout. The EFF today issued a press release concerning Judge Denise Cote last month dismissing some charges in a related case, trumpeting that Cote had ruled that stripping DRM for fair use purposes is legal. I’ve read the 20-page [...]

Randy Queen backs down from DMCA threats against Escher Girls

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s a quick update to yesterday’s story about Randy Queen using the DMCA to stifle Escher Girls’ criticism of his art. The Mary Sue reports that Queen has apologized and stood down his threats. He posted a public statement to his Facebook page in which he indicated a period of high stress [...]

Comic book creator Randy Queen attempts to stifle criticism with DMCA, provokes Streisand Effect

By Chris Meadows
August 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you don’t think you’re getting enough attention on the Internet, there’s a way to fix that. Though you probably won’t like the results. Every so often, you run across one of those “Streisand Effect” cases where someone decides to try to stifle criticism of themselves and it backfires [...]

Dropbox uses file hashes to comply with DMCA requests. So what?

By Chris Meadows
April 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

Surprise! Dropbox has anti-piracy measures in place. You’ve probably seen the stories by now. When you right-click that file on your drive and ask for a public link that you can share so your friend can download it, Dropbox runs a hash on the file—it basically takes the file’s fingerprint by [...]

Tarantino suit of Gawker over link to leaked script may be capitalizing on Streisand Effect

By Chris Meadows
February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quentin Tarantino got so upset that someone leaked a copy of the script for his next movie, The Hateful Eight, online that he announced he would not be making that movie after all. He got further upset when he found out that celebrity/tech news site Gawker’s “Defamer” blog actually linked to [...]

Congress to Consider DMCA Anti-Circumvention Reform…But Probably Not Very Hard

By libertyc
May 9, 2013 // 2 Comments

Well, it’s that time of decade again. Someone in Congress has finally—or, rather, once again—taken note of how the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions step all over consumer rights and introduced legislation to try to balance the scales. Ars Technica reports that three Democrats and a [...]

Universal responds to Megaupload allegations in viral video takedown

By libertyc
December 13, 2011 // 0 Comments

The saga of the Megaupload viral video takedown just got weirder. Universal has responded that several of the artists portrayed in the video did not consent to appearing in it, and Techdirt reports featured artist will.i.am filed a takedown notice of his own for that reason. Megaupload insists that [...]

Allegedly fraudulent Universal DMCA takedown notice raises questions about DMCA, SOPA

By libertyc
December 11, 2011 // 2 Comments

This story might need to be taken with a grain of salt based on its sources, but it could have some serious implications if true. Megaupload, like Rapidshare, is a cyber-locker site where people can upload files of any kind for others to download. Many of those files are illicitly-copied commercial [...]

Ruling in favor of UCLA right to rip DVDs may have implications for HathiTrust

By libertyc
October 5, 2011 // 3 Comments

Did I just hear the DMCA’s anti-circumvention precisions creak a little? Ars Technica reports that a judge has ruled educational institutions are legally entitled to rip and stream DVDs that they have legally purchased. The case involves UCLA ripping and streaming some educational DVDs from [...]

MP3Tunes decision bodes well for cloud media storage

By libertyc
August 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

A recent decision in the lawsuit against Michael Robertson’s user-uploaded-music locker MP3Tunes.com could have profound implications for the use of media in the cloud—if it stands, profoundly good ones. Music label Capitol Records sued the company for enabling piracy, and attempted to argue [...]

Canada could get DMCA-style DRM anti-circumvention law

By libertyc
January 29, 2011 // 1 Comment

Canada may be about to get its own anti-circumvention law, akin to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, PaidContent reports. In response to calls from the US entertainment industry to tighten up its copyright enforcement, the Canadian legislature is considering a bill called C-32 which contains [...]

Brazil’s copyright law forbids using DRM to block fair use

By libertyc
July 12, 2010 // 3 Comments

This little article by Cory Doctorow in Boing Boing is important news, so I reprint it in full: A UN treaty called the WIPO Copyright Treaty requires countries to pass laws protecting “software locks” (also called DRM or TPM). Countries around the world have adopted the treaty in [...]

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