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Eight Things You Probably Didn't Know You Could Stream On Spotify

Spotify has completely revolutionized my music-listening experience. Their browsing feature and Discover Weekly playlist has made into a much hipper …

Apple News

Embarking on a New Adventure: Open Data at the US Patent and Trademark Office

Few things are more exciting than arriving at an unknown platform for the first time. Whether it's Grand Central Station, Roma Termini, or the metro in Moscow, the idea that unknown possibilities are within reach is thrilling. The blur of hurried strangers, the unfamiliar sounds of travel …

Open Data

Kanye West accused of copyright theft by Hungarian rock singer

<b>Kanye West is being sued by a Hungarian rock singer who has accused him of sampling his work without permission on the 2013 song New Slaves.</b><p>Gabor Presser filed for damages of at least $2.5m (£1.7m) at New York's US District Court.<p>Presser claims one-third of New Slaves, from West's album Yeezus, is …

Celebrity Gossip

How Piracy Became a Cause Celebre in the World of Academics | Motherboard

In October 2008, two of the big names in academic publishing, Elsevier and Thieme, celebrated victory against an "international piracy scheme involving the unlawful copying, sale, and distribution of scientific journals.”<p>In the defeated scheme, a Vietnamese entrepreneur had used throwaway email …

Open Access

How Russia's New Facial Recognition App Could End Anonymity

FindFace's technology may one day allow anyone to identify you with their phone.<p>Imagine you’re sitting in a coffee shop. Out of the corner of your eye, you see a stranger pointing his phone in your direction. The next day, you get an email from someone claiming to have seen you at the coffee shop. …

Anonymity

Patent troll sues Apple over iPhones being able to make phone calls

A lawsuit filed in the frequent venue for patent trolls has surfaced, and is attacking Apple over basic telephony and communications in its mobile …

Patent Trolls

Why You Do Your Best Thinking In The Shower: Creativity & the “Incubation Period”

“The great Tao fades away.”<p>So begins one translation of the <i>Tao Te Ching</i>’s 18th Chapter. The sentence captures the frustration that comes with a lost …

Psychology

Shameful: House Panel Votes Down Plan To Make Public Domain Congressional Research Public

For many, many years, we've complained about the fact that research reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) are kept secret. CRS is …

Government

Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet

Writing a bad review online has always run a small risk of opening yourself up to a defamation claim. But few would expect to be told that they had to delete their review or face a lawsuit over another part of the law: copyright infringement.<p>Yet that’s what happened to Annabelle Narey after she …

Law (UK)

Over 1,000 posts on the Getty Iris are now free to use under a Creative Commons attribution license. This means you’re invited to copy, remix, and adapt the text of our posts for any reason—personal, academic, or commercial—as long as you include a link back to the original post and follow the other

Over 1,000 posts on the Getty <i>Iris</i> are now free to use under a Creative Commons attribution license. This means you’re invited to copy, remix, and …

Creative Commons

Chile's New Copyright Legislation Would Make Creative Commons Licensing Impossible For Audiovisual Works

Techdirt has written many times about the way in which copyright only ever seems to get stronger, and how different jurisdictions point to other …

Copyright

Fox Swipes YouTube Clip Of Video Game For “Family Guy” Then Demands Copyright Takedown Of Original

Seven years ago, a YouTube user uploaded footage of a well-known glitch in the classic basketball video game <i>Double Dribble</i>. More recently, an episode …

YouTube

Using Tax And Wealth Management Strategies To Protect The Intellectual Property Of Fashion Designers

By and large, there are limited legal protections for fashion designers despite the size of the industry and their contributions to it. Technology makes copying fashion designs or some variation of fashion designs sadly very efficient. There are basically three approaches based on intellectual …

Intellectual Property

Can You Pass This Test Originally Given to 8th Graders Living in Kentucky in 1912?

Can you spell “conceive”?<p>Of course you can! All it takes is a device with a built-in spelling app, an innovation of which no eighth grader in the far …

American South

How Abraham Lincoln Became the Only U.S. President to Hold a Patent

His "manner of buoying vessels" was patented on May 22, 1849<p>As a president, Abraham Lincoln has many unique distinctions: Honest Abe, the Great Emancipator, the first presidential assassination victim.<p>He also remains to this day the only U.S. president to hold a patent in his name. Lincoln invented …

Abraham Lincoln

Nintendo issues copyright claims on Mario-themed Minecraft videos

Nintendo issues copyright claims on Mario-themed Minecraft videosMove highlights a culture clash between two very different online philosophies.The</i> …

Gaming

Shortening Distances in Economic Development: The Poor as a Digital Crowd

<b>By Cesar Buenadicha</b><p>How many clicks separate economic development practitioners in Washington, D.C., from the beneficiaries of their projects in other parts of the world? Probably a few clicks (according to the theory of six degrees of separation).<p>In the last few years, the rate of digital …

Crowdsourcing

Do You Love Music? Silicon Valley Doesn’t

Los Angeles — ON Sunday night, the entire music industry will pause during the Billboard Music Awards to commemorate the visionary musician Prince. And while the focus will be on his artistic legacy, Prince also fought throughout his career against digital piracy and for the rights of artists to …

Silicon Valley

Elsevier buys SSRN

Elsevier is one of the world's largest scholarly publishers and one of the most bitter enemies that open access publishing has; SSRN is one of the …

Open Access

Neuroscientists Discover Why Internet Pirates Don't Feel Guilty

Every month millions of people download and share movies, TV shows, music, software and ebooks without obtaining permission from copyright holders.<p>In …

Kim Dotcom

The secret life of a photographer: free online content is putting us out of work

In the 10 years I have spent working as a photographer for men’s lifestyle magazines, I have often felt like a traitor, trading in bums and boobs: images that perpetuate an unproductive and even dangerous archetype of what makes women desirable. But with the recent decline in commercial print …

Photographers

After 4 Years… Copyright Holders Still Think Megaupload is Alive

Well over four years have passed since Megaupload was shutdown, and as time passes people’s memories of the former Internet giant are fading …

Kim Dotcom

Online Companies Like Facebook Have Created a "Meaningless Economy"

Transcript<p><b>Douglas Rushkoff:</b> In the original .com era companies were measured by how much money they made. The idea was that you sold a lot of stuff …

Fortune 500

How can we keep science honest in a world of open data?

For years, researchers squirreled their data away after completing a study. When I started out in research in the 1970s, there were few options for sharing data: there was no email or internet. I have dim memories of analysing data from the 1958 National Child Development Study. The files arrived …

The black market in academic papers – and why it's spooking publishers

Sergei25/www.shutterstock.comA colleague of mine recently posted a plea on an open forum asking for someone with access to please send her a copy of …

Open Access

This bot just made me the perfect Spotify playlist

Bots are the tech story of the moment – and while some are designed to be helpful, and others have been just plain awful, Lazyset is simply perfect.<p>The Twitter-based bot will send you a curated Spotify playlist based around the music style of any artist you Tweet over to it.<p>I asked it for a …

Spotify

Here’s why the music labels are furious at YouTube. Again.

You’ve heard this song before: The music industry is mad at YouTube.<p>In the old days, the music business used to complain that YouTube took their music and didn’t pay them. Now the complaint has changed: Now the music guys say YouTube doesn’t pay them enough.<p>The music labels have been grousing about …

YouTube

A beginner's guide to encryption

Don't understand encryption or the policy debates around it? Let us walk you through the basics.

Privacy

What happens to a great open source project when its creators are no longer using the tool themselves?

Wanted: One well-liked open source newsroom application seeks one or more journalist-developers — or even an organization — who can take the reins and help build out a bigger community of users.<p>PANDA (“PANDA A News Data Application,” not to be confused with the Python data analysis library) was a …