Looks like the copyright police are starting to hit back at the internet in a big bad way. A German court ruled today that YouTube is entirely responsible for the content found on its service, and must actively filter music videos belonging to the GEMA, a music royalty group. Not only that, but the European Read The Full Story
Numerous countries order their internet service providers block The Pirate Bay , but its home country of Sweden won't be one of them... at least, for now. A Stockholm court has ruled that Sweden can't make ISPs block the piracy site, since those companies aren't responsible for what their customers do.
Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing started in September after years of delays. Now about three months later, the ruling has been made: Dotcom is eligible for extradition to the United States where he would be tried on copyright charges. The extradition may not pan out, though, as Dotcom and his lawyer still have 15 days to appeal the ruling.
Google's YouTube has announced a new program that aims to support creators on the service when they become the targets of copyright claims. In select cases, when a video creator is being unfairly targeted with copyright takedown requests when in fact their content is protected under "fair use" guidelines, YouTube says it will provide up to $1 million to cover legal costs in the event of a lawsuit.
This comes just a week after the LSEconfirmed it was in merger talksGood morning! Here's what you need to know on Tuesday. 1. French authorities began bulldozing the southern half of the "Jungle" migrant camp in the northern port city of Calais on Monday. There were violent clashes between police and migrants, with rocks thrown and shelters set on fire. 2.
," a brief paper extolling the virtues of illegally freeing scientific research stuck behind the paywall. Elbakyan saysStop us if you’ve heard this before: a young academic with coding savvy has become frustrated with the incarceration of information. Some of the world's best research continues to be trapped behind subscriptions and paywalls.
725 of the 1,000 most viewed videos on Facebook were "stolen" In the first quarter of 2015, 725 of the 1,000 most viewed videos on Facebook were "stolen" from the original content creators and re-uploaded to Facebook's native video player. Kurzgesagt said this amounted to 17 billion stolen views in the period. The video says freebooting, or the stealing of videos, is happening more and more often.
An alleged hacker has been charged with stealing television scripts, celebrity social security numbers, explicit personal videos, and more through the use of phishing techniques and malware. None of the victims have been named, however they’re said to include a comedy film, “hip-hop biopic,” professional athletes, and actors, among others.
Last fall, a Maryland man’s frequent activities at a local casino resulted in robbers using a GPS tracker to follow him home. Days later, they bound and gagged his two children, then stole $6,000 in cash plus an iPhone 6. If that wasn't crazy enough, Mario Guzman (a pseudonym) was also followed by someone else less than a week earlier.
Changes to UK copyright law will soon mean that you may need to take out a licence to photograph classic designer objects even if you own them. That's the result of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, which extends the copyright of artistic objects like designer chairs from 25 years after they were first marketed to 70 years after the creator's death.
If you're not caught up, Safe Harbor was (essentially) a deal that made life easy for tech companies that operated in the US and Europe. It meant that outfits like Facebook could treat data about its users as movable, bouncing it between servers when it had to.
The US Supreme Court is letting stand a lower court ruling that the Batmobile is protected by copyright. The high court's move is a blow to Gotham Garage , the maker of Batmobile replica modification kits, and it means car tinkerers must get a license from DC Comics to sell vehicles that look like the one driven by Batman and Robin.
In a case unrelated but entirely relevant to the San Bernardino legal battle , a New York judge has just ruled that Apple cannot be forced to unlock an iPhone for the FBI under the All Writs Act, something George Washington himself had signed into law back in 1789. In this case, the matter revolves around an iPhone belonging to Jun Feng of Queens, New York.
In the early days, posting on YouTube was pretty simple, and you rarely worried about having your video taken down. These days, if the wind blows the wrong way, you could find your video deleted, or even your channel locked down. It's obviously more important than ever to make sure that you follow all of the rules, if you want to keep your video online.
As France comes to terms with its deadliest domestic attack since World War II, attention has quickly turned to whether European governments need to reassess how they collect, manage and use people’s digital footprint.Already, European politicians are mulling new rules that would allow them to share airline passenger data across the 28-member bloc to identity potential terrorists.
YouTube has taken steps to prevent mistaken takedowns of your videos, but that hasn't been enough for some. A rash of alleged copyright violations in recent weeks (such as for Call of Duty clips) has triggered an outcry among creators who worry that YouTube is asleep at the wheel while its automated copyright system goes haywire. Thankfully, the company appears to be listening.
Microsoft has launched a new kind of cloud service in Germany where user data is controlled by a "data trustee" operating under German law. Microsoft is unable to access user data without the permission of the data trustee or the customer, even if it is instructed to do so by the US government. If permission is granted by the data trustee, Microsoft will still only do so under its supervision.
Miku is a 16-year-old pop star who never ages. She has neither a physical presence nor a voice of her own. She's a 3D animation that personifies a "Vocaloid," a form of software that synthesizes vocals from a pre-recorded voice bank to mimic human singing.
On Wednesday, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals published a legal opinion finding that state police must not only obtain a warrant before deploying a cell-site simulator, but are required to also fully explain to the court what exactly the device does and how it is used.