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 [...]

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 [...]

Universal responds to Megaupload allegations in viral video takedown

By Chris Meadows
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 filed a takedown notice of his own for that reason. Megaupload insists that [...]

MP3Tunes decision bodes well for cloud media storage

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

A recent decision in the lawsuit against Michael Robertson’s user-uploaded-music locker 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 Chris Meadows
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 Paul Biba
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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