TeleRead Links: International pricing, knuckle dragging, revising copyright, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

When Selling Virtual Products Abroad, Don’t Put Prices On Autopilot (TechCrunch) For our experiment, we selected six different currencies — Australian dollar, Canadian dollar, British pound, [...]

Morning Links: New stats about Canadian book market. DMCA lawsuit explores “user”

By Joanna Cabot
April 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

New Stats About the Canadian Book Market in 2014 (Infodocket) Three items to pass along with Canadian publishing statistics provided by BookNet Canada. *** Lawsuit Finally Explores What Counts As A [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Copyright Office posts DMCA exemption petitions

By Chris Meadows
November 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

A few weeks ago I discussed the need for a DMCA exemption for e-books, in light of the US Copyright Office requesting petitions for such exemptions. The Copyright Office has now posted all 44 [...]

Why we need an e-book DRM DMCA exemption

By Chris Meadows
October 30, 2014 // 3 Comments

It’s that time again. Ars Technica reports that the Copyright Office is accepting petitions on activities to exempt from the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, making it legal to crack DRM for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Major cell phone companies agree to implement unlocking of paid-off phones

By libertyc
December 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Here’s good news for all those who do their e-reading on their smartphones or cellular-enabled tablets. Ars Technica reports that major carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US [...]

Lego Mindstorms + Kindle + Laptop = E-book Scanner

By libertyc
September 7, 2013 // 3 Comments

Paging Rube Goldberg… Found via BoingBoing, Arik Hesseldahl has a report at AllThingsD about an Austrian university professor who has used a Lego Mindstorm kit to hack together an e-book de-DRM [...]

Ownshelf e-book sharing system seems pointless

By libertyc
July 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

Mediabistro’s AppNewser has a report on a new service called “Ownshelf,” at which we looked briefly last December. The idea behind Ownshelf is that it lets you set up your own lending library [...]

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 [...]

Copyright Office considers DVD-cracking DMCA exemptions

By libertyc
May 19, 2012 // 2 Comments

I mentioned yesterday that as part of the Copyright Office’s 3-year DMCA exemption hearings, the office would hear arguments on whether to permit cracking the CSS encryption on DVDs. Although it [...]

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