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Library of Congress Brings Digital Rights Rules Into Modern Era

The Library of Congress, which oversees the U.S. Copyright Office, has published new rules to replace a set of controversial -- and for many, outdated -- measures. Consumers now may hack their own tablet computers, automobile software and Blu-ray devices without fear of being sued. The ruling upgrad...

EFF Lambasts ESA for Hindering Video Game Preservation Efforts

The Electronic Frontier Foundation last week called out the Entertainment Software Association for opposing its video game preservation efforts. The EFF and law student Kendra Albert earlier this year petitioned the U.S. Copyright Office for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's ant...

Billion-Dollar YouTube Suit Ends With a Whimper

Google and Viacom have settled a long-running copyright suit, after a federal judge twice threw out the case. "Google and Viacom today jointly announced the resolution of the Viacom vs. YouTube copyright litigation," the companies said in a brief joint statement. "This settlement reflects the growin...

White House Urges FCC to Legalize Cellphone Unlocking

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration this week petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to require wireless carriers to unlock mobile phones, tablets and other devices upon request of the customer. This rule change would benefit the public in several ways, argued th...

TECH TREK

Library’s Web Filter Decides Hamlet Access Not to Be

A British man was unable to access Shakespeare's classic Hamlet at a public library because the library's WiFi network detected "violent content." The snafu was caused by a new Web filter that weeds out smut and violence, the British Library said, adding that it is "tweaking" the service. Hamlet, vi...

Government, Industry Join in Paying Lip Service to Piracy Fight

The White House and eight companies including Google and Microsoft announced a joint effort to mobilize against online piracy and counterfeiting Monday with the help of a set of best practices developed in conjunction with the Interactive Advertising Bureau. The effort is designed to limit the reve...

USC Report Links Ad Networks to Piracy Sites

Kim Dotcom didn't make his millions from the illegal downloads that took place on Megaupload, the now-defunct site he ran. Rather, he mostly made his money from ads that ran on the illegal download site, which highlights a need for ad networks to do a better job policing their stable of publishers.

WEEKLY RECAP

Apple’s Television Vision

Apple has been sizing up the world of television for a long time now with very hungry eyes. The company almost never reveals its plans out loud, of course, but if you test the PH level of the rumor pool, it's starting to look a lot like it did about six years ago, just before the first iPhone came a...

EXPERT ADVICE

How Nonprofits Can Stay Legal When Going Social

Social media is a powerful tool that nonprofit organizations can use to quickly, cheaply and personally engage with funders, volunteers and clients. But while the benefits of using social media are vast, challenges and legal risks exist. Here are some tips and traps to keep in mind and discuss with...

Google Opens Its Piracy Complaint Books

Google has updated its Transparency Report to include requests to take down URLs that contain copyrighted material. Such requests, made by content owners or their representatives, are at the heart of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Until now, Google has only publicized government requests to r...

TECHNOLOGY LAW CORNER

Copyright Law vs. Public Court Documents

In the aftermath of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, state and federal governments moved to become more open, and the Internet has made the achievement of transparency even easier. Information is now available to the general public on government websites or from federal agencies in response ...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

Linux Loses Flash Player – but Does Anyone Care?

Adobe has been a fickle friend to Linux in recent times. Not only did the company put the brakes on mobile Flash last year, but it also put Linux users on a roller-coaster ride for 64-bit Flash and it pulled the plug on AIR for Linux. The latest affront? Coming soon, there will be no more standalone...

EMI Court Ruling Bolsters DMCA’s Safe Harbor Provision

A U.S. judge has ruled largely in favor of music locker site MP3tunes in the copyright infringement suit brought by record label EMI. Judge William Pauley on Monday ruled that MP3tunes did not promote infringement with its online music storage service. EMI did win a smaller victory, Pauley ruling th...

Who Are the FOSS Police?

More than 70 percent of mobile applications containing open source code fail to comply with basic open source license requirements, OpenLogic claims. The company scanned compiled binaries and source code where available for the top paid and free Android and iOS apps in the business and consumer sect...

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