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Google Blocks Author’s Ads For Offering Torrent Of His Own Book

September 28th, 2012 09:19 admin View Comments

Software

An anonymous reader points out the recent trouble of author Cody Jackson, who wrote a book called Learning to Program with Python. He offers the book for sale, but also gives it away for free, and he used the CC-BY license. In order to distribute the book, he posted links to his torrent of it. Unfortunately, this cause Google to suspect his AdSense account for his website. Even after removing the links, he was unable to get in contact with Google’s AdSense team to get his accounts restored. After his story was picked up yesterday by Techdirt, somebody at Google “re-reviewed” his case and finally reinstated his account. Jackson had this to say: “One good thing about this is that it has helped raise awareness of the problems with corporate copyright policies and copyright regulation as a whole. When a person is unable to post his/her own products on the ‘net because someone fears copyright infringement has occurred, there is a definite problem.” This follows a few high-profile situations in which copyright enforcement bots have knocked down perfectly legitimate content.

Source: Google Blocks Author’s Ads For Offering Torrent Of His Own Book

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Detained In Sweden

September 15th, 2012 09:52 admin View Comments

Crime

wiredmikey writes “The co-founder of The Pirate Bay filesharing website was detained in Sweden on Friday, days after his deportation from Cambodia, officials said. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 27, faces a one-year prison sentence for promoting copyright infringement in his home country. He current detention is for an investigation into his involvement in the hacking of a Swedish IT firm named Logica. He was arrested in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on August 30 at Stockholm’s behest and expelled late on Monday.”

Source: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Detained In Sweden

Hugo Awards Live Stream Cut By Copyright Enforcement Bot

September 3rd, 2012 09:50 admin View Comments

Sci-Fi

New submitter Penmanpro writes news of the Hugo Awards stream being unintentionally cut off by some AI gone awry: “Quotes from the linked article ‘UStream’s incorrectly programmed copyright enforcement squad had destroyed our only access.’ ‘Just as Neil Gaiman was giving an acceptance speech for his Doctor Who script, “The Doctor’s Wife.” Where Gaiman’s face had been were the words, “Worldcon banned due to copyright infringement.”‘”

Source: Hugo Awards Live Stream Cut By Copyright Enforcement Bot

‘Pirate’ Website Owner Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

August 14th, 2012 08:06 admin View Comments

Piracy

Grumbleduke writes “Anton Vickerman, who owned SurfTheChannel.com, has been sentenced to 4 years in prison following his conviction last month for ‘conspiracy to defraud.’ This is the first successful prosecution of an individual in the UK for running a website merely linking to allegedly infringing content (several earlier cases collapsed or resulted in acquittals). Vickerman was prosecuted for the controversial offense of ‘conspiracy to defraud’ for ‘facilitating copyright infringement,’ rather than for copyright infringement itself, and it is worth noting that the relevant copyright offense carries a maximum prison sentence of only two years — half of what was given. FACT, the Hollywood-backed enforcement group who were heavily involved in the prosecution noted that the conviction ‘should send a very strong message to those running similar sites that they can be found, arrested and end up in prison,’ but it remains to be seen whether this will have any effect on pirate sites, or encourage development of the largely hopeless legal market for online film.”

Source: ‘Pirate’ Website Owner Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison

Will ISPs Be Driven To Spy On Their Customers?

July 8th, 2012 07:19 admin View Comments

Privacy

bs0d3 writes “In regards to the new ‘voluntary’ graduated response deal (where no one really knows how ISPs will track and accuse customers of copyright infringement), according to CNN, it may be the ISP directly spying on their customers. ‘But now that they’re free from individual blame, there’s also the strong possibility that the ISPs will be doing the data monitoring directly. That’s a much bigger deal. So instead of reaching out to the Internet to track down illegally flowing bits of their movies, the studios will sit back while ISP’s “sniff” the packets of data coming to and from their customers’ computers.’ This could be a problem for people who use U.S.-based internet services. If the U.S. wants to be an internet savvy country, they still need the competition in the marketplace that’s always been missing, and a digital bill of rights that isn’t a sneaky anti-piracy measure.”

Source: Will ISPs Be Driven To Spy On Their Customers?

FunnyJunk v. the Oatmeal: Copyright Infringement Complaints As Defamation

June 12th, 2012 06:30 admin View Comments

Censorship

An anonymous reader writes “Funny as it might sound, FunnyJunk’s threat of litigation against The Oatmeal raises a very important issue: the extent to which artists can complain in public about perceived or actual infringement of their works by user-generated content websites. Does it matter if the content creator accused the website of condoning or participating in the infringement?” The short story is this: Numerous Oatmeal comics were posted without permission to FunnyJunk; Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman lambasted FunnyJunk in the form of a blog post. FunnyJunk responded with a suit (or rather the threat of a suit) accusing Inman of willful defamation, unless he ponies up $20,000, which he doesn’t plan to do.

Source: FunnyJunk v. the Oatmeal: Copyright Infringement Complaints As Defamation

Chemists Make Olympic Rings On a Molecular Scale

May 28th, 2012 05:28 admin View Comments

Idle

ananyo writes “Chemists in the UK have made a five-ring polyaromatic hydrocarbon and dubbed it ‘olympicene’. The molecule is just a couple of nanometers wide and can be regarded as a little fragment of graphene. Strictly speaking, of-course, the molecule might constitute an ‘unofficial use’ of the motif and land the scientists in court for copyright infringement.”

Source: Chemists Make Olympic Rings On a Molecular Scale

Finland: Open WiFi Access Point Owner Not Liable For Infringement

May 14th, 2012 05:03 admin View Comments

Piracy

New submitter mjrauhal writes “In Finland, the operator of an open WiFi access point was found not guilty for copyright infringement allegedly committed over said access point. The operation of such access points would have become legally risky were this decided otherwise. Appeal by the Finnish Anti-Piracy Center is still possible for this district court ruling.”

Source: Finland: Open WiFi Access Point Owner Not Liable For Infringement

Feds Seized Website For a Year Without Piracy Proof

May 4th, 2012 05:20 admin View Comments

Piracy

bonch writes “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized a hip-hop website based on RIAA claims of copyright infringement for prerelease music tracks. They held it for a year before giving it back due to lack of evidence. Unsealed court records (PDF) show that the government was repeatedly given time extensions to build a case against Dajaz1.com, but the RIAA’s evidence never came. The RIAA has declined to comment.”

Source: Feds Seized Website For a Year Without Piracy Proof

Despite Drop In Piracy, French Music Industry Still In Decline

April 2nd, 2012 04:22 admin View Comments

Music

New submitter Hentes writes “France has one of the strictest anti-piracy laws. After 17 months of operation, Hadopi has released a report, claiming that illegal P2P downloads have been reduced significantly in the country: the studies they cite measured 43% and 66% decrease in copyright infringement. But that huge amount of ‘lost revenue’ doesn’t seem to show up in the French recording industry, as the overall recorded music market has decreased by 3.9% in 2011. Even more interesting is that digital music sales have skyrocketed in France. Could it be that it’s not piracy killing the traditional recording industry but digital distribution?”

Source: Despite Drop In Piracy, French Music Industry Still In Decline

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