DMCA

Hack your car? Minnesota-based entrepreneurs have a tool for you

Its roots are in a ’97 Ford, but the M2 device is clearly aimed at the future.

Minneapolis

Medical implants and hospital systems are still infosec dumpster-fires

Medical devices have long been the locus of information security's scariest failures: from the testing and life-support equipment in hospitals to the …

Information Security

Titan Note Continues Trying To Sell Its Questionable Device; Its Own Actions Keep Raising More Questions

A few weeks back, I wrote about IndieGogo shutting down a crowdfunding project for a small notetaking/speaker device called Titan Note. As I pointed …

4 Reasons the Vulnerability Disclosure Process Stalls

The relationship between manufacturers and researchers is often strained. Here's why, along with some resources to help.<p>The relationship between a …

Information Security

Google, Facebook, Other Tech Companies Weigh In On Battle Over Paparazzi Photos

A battle over paparazzi photos has drawn the attention of Silicon Valley's biggest players, who say a recent court decision could harm tech …

Advertising Industry

A young researcher could go to jail for sharing a scientific paper

Could a young scientist really be facing serious jail time for sharing a single article with his colleagues?<p>If you’ve been following the case of Diego Gomez, you’ll know the answer is much closer to yes than you might otherwise have imagined.<p>And if Gomez, whose multiyear legal battle is likely to …

Research

Washington Insiders Are Cautiously Optimistic About Trump Administration’s Copyright Policies

<b>NASHVILLE</b> — Not much is known about President Donald Trump’s views of the Byzantine world of copyright law, music royalties and the rights of …

copyright

Mark Robinson Named Head of Business and Legal Affairs at 300 Entertainment

<b>Mark Robinson</b>, the former svp/general counsel at BMG best known for winning a landmark digital copyright case against internet service provider Cox …

Now Canceled Crowdfunding Project Sent DMCA Notice Following Skeptical Review

A few months back, I saw some news about a crowdfunding project on IndieGogo, called Titan Note. It was a little a cylindrical device that acted as a …

The Dark Side Of VPNs

, CommunityVoice<p>For every action, the great physicist Sir Isaac Newton once said, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The same risk applies to the world of the internet: Despite our best intentions to create a safe haven for the exchange of information, criminals will always try to find a …

VPNs

Ebook Piracy - What To Do If Someone Steals Your Book

You’d be amazed at how many websites have pirated or claim to have pirated your book.<p>There it is…sitting there, being given away for free.<p>All those …

Publishing

Recording Industry Congressional Pressure, Profits Both Rising

The recording industry is turning up the volume on a new campaign to get Congress to change the basic legal architecture of the internet. The music industry claims that online platforms like YouTube don’t pay them enough and blames the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.<p>In a campaign branded “Value …

Internet

Another Lawsuit Tries To Force An ISP Into Being A Copyright Cop

Major record labels are once again trying to force an Internet service provider into enforcing their copyrights by cutting off customers from the …

copyright

Is it time to break up Google?

In just 10 years, the world’s five largest companies by market capitalization have all changed, save for one: Microsoft. Exxon Mobil, General …

Google

Whose Song Is It, Anyway?

Musicians have a long, if not always distinguished, history of political advocacy. Of late they’ve taken supposedly bold positions on climate change, gun control, Brexit and low voter turnout. One advocacy effort is notable for its obscurity, however: Last year, nearly 200 luminaries, from the …

Opinion

Copyright ‘safe harbor’: A primer for PR pros

How carefully do you walk the copyright tightrope?<p>Success in public relations and marketing in the digital communications era involves building …

Net Neutrality

When Computers Refuse to Obey: The Terrifying Future of Technology

In the Foundation series, Isaac Asimov posited three rules to protect humans from robots. As our own technology advances exponentially every day, how …

Isaac Asimov

This Porn Site May Be Forced to Reveal Thousands of Users

Some Pornhub users could soon find themselves in an embarrassing position as a result of a court order that requires the X-rated site to identify …

Patents

It's Time We All Grew Up About Sexting

It's Time We All Grew Up About Sexting<p>Don't freak out, but even your grandparents are sexting. Maybe it's about time we all grew up.<p>It's springtime. …

Ziff-Davis

How Google’s Algorithm Has Inhibited Illegal TV Streaming

If you’ve been streaming illegal video for years, you may have noticed that your favorite sites haven’t been appearing at the top of search engine …

Google

Ebooks Sales Slowing? Yes and No

<b>Joe sez:</b> This blog originally appeared in 2010. It's extremely prescient about the future of ebooks, but that isn't the reason I'm reposting it.<p>I'm …

Publishing

The Free Streaming Gravy Train Is Coming to an End

The first time I booted up Spotify in the summer of 2011, it felt like I was getting away with something. How could a music platform be easier than …

Music

Blizzard wins legal case against Overwatch and Warcraft cheatbot maker

Bots that enable cheating in games like World of Warcraft and Overwatch are violating copyright law in the United States.<p>A court has ordered German developer Bossland to pay $8.5 million to Blizzard Entertainment in damages for selling products that infringe the publisher’s copyrighted material. …

Gaming

Blizzard due $8.5 million in legal battle with botmakers

A company who make and sell cheats for Blizzard games including Overwatch, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft must pay Blizzard over $8.5 million, a …

Gaming

Music Industry Breaks Out Of $7 Billion Rut As Streaming Takes Over, Yet YouTube Concerns Remain

Last year, streaming by itself became the biggest source of recorded music revenue, accounting for just over half (51%) of total industry revenues.<p>The RIAA released its annual U.S. recorded music sales figures for 2016 on March 30. Industry revenue had been flat at around $7 billion since 2010, but …

User Generated Content

Streaming guides U.S. music industry to its best year since 1998

The U.S. music industry has been crying poor for some time, arguing that YouTube and other ad-supported streaming services don’t pay enough money in licensing fees for the music they use. But that message may be harder to sell now.<p>In 2016, the record industry had its best year in nearly two …

United States

2016: A Year of Progress For Music

2016 was a year of significant progress for the American music business. Powered by 22 million subscriptions, streaming overtook all other formats, …

Music Industry

Flash - Streaming now makes up most US music industry revenue - France 24

NEW YORK (AFP) -<p>Streaming for the first time accounted for most recorded music revenue in the United States last year, bringing the industry its fastest growth in nearly 20 years, figures showed Thursday.<p>While the breakneck expansion is welcome news for a long-beleaguered music industry, overall …

RIAA

The U.S. Music Industry Just Had its Best Year Since 1998

The U.S. music industry has been crying poor for some time, arguing that YouTube and other ad-supported streaming services don't pay enough money in …

Music Industry

Ending digital copyright act would fundamentally change Internet

Everyday we turn to the Internet for the seemingly endless amount of information and entertainment it provides. We learn to build houses from online …

Net Neutrality