DMCA

W3C approves HTML5 DRM standard much to the dismay of some

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has approved a digital rights management standard for Hypertext Markup Language 5, the standard markup language …

Privacy

Pepe the Frog’s creator has found a reliable way to fight the ‘alt-right’

Matt Furie, creator of the webcomic-character-turned-meme Pepe the Frog, is escalating his effort to keep his easygoing cartoon frog out of the hands …

Weird

Tuesday briefing: Emissions test cheating causes 5,000 premature deaths a year in Europe

Falsified diesel emissions tests are responsible for 5,000 premature deaths every year across Europe, British Airways is investing in renewable jet …

British Airways

Leading The Pack: How The U.S. Government Is Out-Innovating The Fortune 500

The federal government is rarely seen as innovative these days, but in the area of cybersecurity, it has been further ahead of the curve than most people give it credit for. By adopting vulnerability disclosure and bug bounty programs, the U.S. government is acting on its belief that engaging with …

Cybersecurity

Pepe the Frog creator battles the 'alt-right' through copyright law

Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie has long been unhappy with how the "alt-right" hijacked his friendly amphibian for hateful memes, going so far as to declare their uses "illegal" and to kill off the character in a symbolic gesture. And now, he's fulfilling that promise to fight back. Furie has sent …

Technology

EFF will tell the Copyright Office (again) to protect your risk to remix, study and tinker

Every three years, the US Copyright Office has to ask America about all the ways in which Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (which …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Lessons from online screw-ups by Ted Cruz and PewDiePie

In today’s digital-focused world, a screenshot is often worth a thousand words—and videos, even more.<p>Unfortunately for some, that means their errors …

Public Relations

Let's Play Copyright Threat Raises Questions About The Law And How To Use It

Copyright, free speech, and entertainment lawyers have mixed opinions on the legality of game developer Campo Santo’s decision to fight hate speech …

WordPress Reports Surge in ‘Piracy’ Takedown Notices, Rejects 78%

Automattic, the company behind the popular WordPress.com blogging platform, receives thousands of takedown requests from rightsholders.<p>A few days ago …

Copyright

Intellectual Property 101: What It Is and Why I Should Protect It

Article ByTimothy K. KroningerVarnum LLPVarnum, etc.Startups and early stage companies have many things to focus on and worry about, and the …

Patents

Google Drive Becomes Popular Substitute For Torrent Websites

Composite image by DesignTAXI. Google logo via Wikimedia Commons, background image via seeklogo<p><b>Internet pirates</b> have been going through an arr-duous …

Google Drive

YouTube-MP3 throws in the towel, will shut down and hand domain over to record labels

The world’s top YouTube ripping site is shutting down and handing control of its domain over to the RIAA.<p>As TorrentFreak recounts, a collection of …

Copyright

Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Demon-Haunted World

Cheating is a given.<p>Inspectors certify that gas-station pumps are pumping unadulter­ated fuel and accurately reporting the count, and they put …

Cheat

Court Rejects LiveJournal's Bid For New Hearing In Battle Over Celebrity Photos

Rejecting arguments by digital rights groups and tech companies, a federal appellate court has refused to reconsider its earlier holding that photos …

Judiciary

Google’s Disturbing Influence Over Think Tanks

The first thing you see when you walk into the offices of the New America Foundation in Washington is the Eric Schmidt Ideas Lab, a space named after the executive chairman of Google’s parent company. Google, Mr. Schmidt and his family’s foundation are the principal funders of that think tank.<p>On …

Opinion

Mayweather-McGregor: A body blow to pay-per-view from live-streaming apps

LOS ANGELES — Conor McGregor isn't the only one who took it on the chin Saturday.<p>Pay-per-view was dealt a heavy blow — though probably not a knockout — from live-streaming apps that are likely to only get more nimble before the next round.<p>Nearly 3 million people watched Saturday's Floyd …

News (U.S.)

Appeals Court Deals Blow To Streaming Service That Lets You Filter Out Nudity & Swearing

VidAngel is a streaming service that allows subscribers to filter out nudity, violence, swearing, or anything else they might find offensive in a …

Consumer News

To avoid copyright disaster, the future of game streaming is licensing

We continue to sit on the edge of our seats watching the contests of League of Legends, Dota 2, and others on the big screen. But there’s a different contest to watch — online streaming platforms battling it out for the most viewers and best streamers while also steering clear of critical damage in …

Streaming

Appeals Court Grapples With Digital Files, and the Business of Selling 'Used' Songs

Every now and then, a technology comes along that is disruptive, legally provocative and has the entertainment industry screaming and kicking and …

Jack Kerouac

The MPAA’s eternal struggle to make piracy uncool

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is used to backlash for its own campaigns against copyright infringement. But when it got heat for a …

Copyright

The Decentralized Web

The Web is a key space for civic debate and the current battleground for protecting freedom of expression. However, since its development, the Web …

Bitcoin

RIAA Responds to Lyor Cohen's YouTube Blog Post: 'We've Heard These Arguments Before'

The music trade group chairman was unsurprisingly unimpressed with Cohen’s post.<p><b>Cary Sherman</b>, the chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry …

RIAA

Who Owns Your Stuff? It Might Not Be You

Inside the fight against the Digital Millennium Copyright Act–and what designers can do about it.<p>What does it mean to own something? Take your smartphone. Does owning it mean you can do anything you want to it, including fixing it when it breaks or modifying how it works?<p>Not exactly. Because of …

Privacy

LinkedIn can't stop this company from telling your boss you want to quit, judge says

<i>A sign is posted in front of the LinkedIn headquarters on February 11, 2011 in Mountain View, California. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images</i>APA …

Southern California

A Copyright Claim Was Reportedly Used to Stop Ad Blocking, But It's Complicated

A certain portion of the internet is freaking out over a change to an important list used by ad blockers that facilitates their function. Popular …

Copyright

Ad blocking is under attack

Well, this is huge, so I'd like to draw your attention to what's happening right now. This is a very alarming case, and it concerns every ad blocker …

Ad Blocking

DMCA Used to Remove Ad Server URL From Easylist Ad Blocklist

The default business model on the Internet is “free” for consumers. Users largely expect websites to load without paying a dime but of course, …

Creative Commons

Donald Trump can learn from Barack Obama's TPP mistakes

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump bucked party orthodoxy on the left and the right, promising to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership …

Globalization

Paparazzi Agency Urges Court To Reject LiveJournal's Appeal Over Celebrity Photos

Mavrix Photographs is urging an appellate court to let stand a ruling that revived its battle with LiveJournal's "OhNoTheyDidn't" over paparazzi …

Law

Is the government worried about smart coffee pots taking down the West Wing?

Ten years ago you didn’t have to worry about someone hacking your refrigerator. Today, your personal home assistant is quite literally listening to your every move. Experts believe that in just a few years, there will be over 20 billion devices connected to the internet with the possibility of …

Cybersecurity