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America's broken digital copyright law is about to be challenged in court

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit on Thursday that American copyright wonks, technologists and security researchers have been hotly awaiting for nearly 20 years.<p>If they succeed, one of America’s most controversial technology laws will be struck down, and countries all over …

Copyright

Breaking: Plagiarized portions of Melania Trump’s RNC speech not in speechwriter’s draft, NBC reports

And with that, blame for the error might lie only with Melania and not a saboteur speechwriter<p>As the delegate roll call took place, NBC News’ Hallie Jackson provided MSNBC viewers an update to the parallel story of Melania Trump’s alleged plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National …

Plagiarism

Advice From the Master: Thelonious Monk Scribbles a List of Tips for Playing a Gig

We’re fascinated by lists. Other people’s lists. Even the ones left behind in shopping carts are interesting (Jarlsburg, Gruyere and Swiss? Must be …

Jazz

Why Violins Have F-Holes: The Science & History of a Remarkable Renaissance Design

Before electronic amplification, instrument makers and musicians had to find newer and better ways to make themselves heard among ensembles and …

Violin

Why DC should put Batman and Superman in the public domain

Alex Schmidt of Cracked makes a passionate (and hilarious) argument for DC putting Superman and Batman into the public domain, pointing out that …

Batman

Thurston Moore’s top 10 punk rock films | Sight & Sound

1. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains<p><i>Lou Adler, 1982</i><p>Ex-record label honcho Lou Adler’s gritty take on working class girl punks, led by a young …

Thurston Moore

Watch Chris Burden Get Shot for the Sake of Art (1971)

Chris Burden passed away on May 10 and here at Open Culture we honored him with a post about his oddly hilarious late night 1970s TV commercials. But …

Culture

Kim Dotcom: Megaupload is Coming Back on Jan. 20

Kim Dotcom is back. And while his legacy has lasted much longer than his Megaupload website, which was shut down in 2012 due to allegations that the …

Kim Dotcom

Song Licensing Issue Delays Upcoming Tupac Biopic

Following the success of last year's NWA biopic, <i>Straight Outta Compton</i>, Hollywood is doubling down on hip-hop films, following up with this year's …

Tupac Shakur

Hear the Experimental Music of the Dada Movement: Avant-Garde Sounds from a Century Ago

When we think of Dada, we think of an art movement—or anti-art movement—that embraced chance operations, futurism, and experimentation and rejected …

Entertainment

1.8 Million Free Works of Art from World-Class Museums: A Meta List of Great Art Available Online

Since the first stirrings of the internet, artists and curators have puzzled over what the fluidity of online space would do to the experience of …

Culture

Vivendi lobbyist appointed to run copyright for UN agency

Francis Gurry, the fair-use hating, web-hating, North Korea embargo-breaking, witch-hunting, blackmailing head of the UN's World Intellectual …

Copyright

Download 15,000+ Free Golden Age Comics from the Digital Comic Museum

The Digital Comic Museum offers free access to hundreds of pre-1959 comic books, uploaded by users who often offer historical research and commentary …

Cartoons

Hear the Very First Adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 in a Radio Play Starring David Niven (1949)

Since George Orwell published his landmark political fable <i>1984</i>, each generation has found ample reason to make reference to the grim near-future …

George Orwell

Facebook Is Testing Encrypted, Self-Destructing Messages

Facebook, a social network where oversharing is highly encouraged, wants the 900 million users of its Messenger chat app to know it’s serious about …

Facebook

Watch Miles Davis Improvise Music for Elevator to the Gallows, Louis Malle’s New Wave Thriller (1958)

The modal experimentation in Miles Davis’ classic albums <i>Milestones</i> and, especially, 1959’s <i>Kind of Blue</i> seemed to come out of nowhere. Along with …

Horns

Rijksmuseum Releases 250,000 Images of Artwork for Free Download

Rijksmuseum Releases 250,000 Images of Artwork for Free Download<p>The Rijksmuseum, one of the largest museums in Europe dedicated to arts and history, …

Netherlands

Download Over 22,000 Golden & Silver Age Comic Books from the Comic Book Plus Archive

The decade beginning with the late 1930s is known as the Golden Age of comic books. Many of the superheroes from today’s blockbuster franchises, …

Comic Books

A Massive 800-Track Playlist of 90s Indie & Alternative Music, in Chronological Order

In the time it’s taken me to grow out of my wayward 90s youth and into mostly solid citizen adulthood, cultural memories of that decade have …

Indie Music

Cinematography Database YouTube Show cancelled over Copyright issues

The Cinematography Database was one of the more recent YouTube shows I really started looking forward to the each week as new episodes were released. …

Is open source a clear path to success for new grads?

It's the catch-22 every new college graduate faces when looking for his or her first job: You need experience or a portfolio of completed work to …

Open Source

India has not claimed intellectual property rights on yoga: Modi to US Congress

Observing that there were over 30 million practitioners of Yoga in America, Prime Minister Narendra Modi quipped to members of the US Congress on …

“All My Films Have Had Very Strong, Powerful Women”: Legendary No Wave Filmmaker Beth B on Provocation, Censorship, and Working with Lydia Lunch

Legendary New York City no wave filmmaker Beth B was one of the leaders of the underground filmmaking movement during the late 1970s and early ‘80s. …

Ed Sheeran Sued for Copyright Theft of Hit Song 'Photograph'

Grammy-winning artist Ed Sheeran's 2015 song "Photograph" was a top 10 hit in the United States, selling more than 3.5 million copies.<p>But a pair of California songwriters claim in a copyright lawsuit filed Wednesday that it borrows too heavily from a song they released in 2012 — and they want at …

Ed Sheeran

Songs on Trial: 10 Landmark Music Copyright Cases

Ahead of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway" showdown, we look back at historic rulings from "Surfin' U.S.A." to "Blurred Lines"<p>Western music is made up of just 12 notes, which yield a practically infinite number of songs. That's the theory, at least. It's only natural that composers mimic what's been …

Bieber Is Right Not to Be 'Sorry' About This Copyright Lawsuit

Stand with the Biebs, stand up for music.<p>I’m no Justin Bieber fan. Heck, I even signed that petition a few years back to have the White House deport the Biebs because he is a cultural nuisance. But when it comes to this copyright lawsuit, we should all have his back.<p>News of the lawsuit emerged last …

Lawsuits

Class action: publishers paid writers "sale" royalties on ebooks whose fine-print says they're "licensed"

When you sign a publishing deal, the contract spells out different royalty rates for different kinds of commercial activity; you get so much every …

e-Books

Game of Thrones is taking action against Pornhub for breach of copyright - BBC Newsbeat

<b>The makers of Game of Thrones are taking action against Pornhub over breach of copyright.</b><p>HBO says it's because some scenes from the show have appeared on the site.<p>Some other videos even include parodies of porn stars pretending to be characters such as Cersei Lannister and Lord Varys from Game of …

Copyright