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Google Moves to Crack Down on Search Advertising Evildoers

Google is tightening its copyright and piracy protection procedures, instituting new measures that will facilitate Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requests and will better oversee search advertisers that use copyrighted or trademarked terms. Specifically, Google will roll out four changes:...

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DMCA: What Is It Good For?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act -- enacted in the waning days of the 20th century -- contains provisions designed to make it evolve over time. The idea was that as technology fostered new ways of creating and distributing copyrighted material such as music, movies and software programs, the law...

The DMCA Ruckus: Lots of Gnashing, No Teeth

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act -- enacted in the waning days of the 20th century -- contains provisions designed to make it evolve over time. The idea was that as technology fostered new ways of creating and distributing copyrighted material such as music, movies and software programs, the law...

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Diggs, Damn Diggs and Censorship: R.I.P. Linux?

It's not often that wildfires spread from other parts of the blogosphere into the main Linuxy downtown, protected as it is by all the surrounding free and open lands. In the past week or so, however, that protection wasn't enough. A fire broke out on AlterNet the Thursday before last -- that's part ...

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The Week of Leaks

Wikileaks this week let fly with a gusher of data, and at 90,000 documents strong, it's being called the biggest informational leak in the history of the U.S. military. The site has published tens of thousands of sensitive reports, memos and files regarding the war in Afghanistan, and analysts are j...

Judge on DRM: Non-Pirates May Hack Away

Hacking the technological protections built into copyrighted digital material in order to view or use the content does not necessarily contravene the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans ruled on Friday. The move could send shock waves through th...

Judge Nixes Viacom’s Mammoth YouTube Lawsuit

A judge has ruled in YouTube's favor regarding the video-sharing site's three-year battle with Viacom over alleged copyright infringement. On Wednesday, the U.S. District Court in New York ruled that YouTube had complied with the take-down provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in its ha...

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YouTube’s Copyright Fight Flares Up

The U.S. Federal Court for the Southern District of New York recently ordered the unsealing of court filings submitted by Viacom and Google in Viacom's three-year old, $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Google-owned YouTube. The released documents paint a tale of corporate intrigue a...

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Sprint Steps Up to the 4G Plate

At the CTIA conference this week, Sprint launched an attack in the Battle of Who Has More Gs. Its upcoming EVO smartphone will hit the market this summer with 4 whole Gs -- that's one more G than most of the best smartphones out there have right now. In this case, "G" stands for "generation," and th...

Viacom v. YouTube: Finger-Pointing Turns to Mud-Slinging

Viacom's billion-dollar copyright-infringement lawsuit against Google's YouTube took a nasty turn Thursday as a series of documents were released to the public. "Fostering and countenancing piracy were central to YouTube's economic business model," Viacom's filings charge. Viacom "overtly and covert...

BBC iPlayer Locks Out Open Source Flash Alternatives

As a result of recent updates to the BBC's Flash-based iPlayer, open source media players can no longer play its content. The updates implement SWF Verification, a copyright protection mechanism that excludes free alternatives to Flash player, such as that offered by the XBMC community, among others...

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Betrayals: Obama’s Hollywood Sellout, Tech Companies’ Layoffs

Last week, two troubling trends were in evidence. The scarier one is that it appears the Obama administration is in the process of putting in place a secret antipiracy provision that has little to do with antipiracy and everything to do with killing properties like YouTube. It is truly frightening...

THIS WEEK IN TECH

Sidekick Snafu: The Data Saved and the Damage Done

T-Mobile's Sidekick users had a pretty rough time this week thanks to a mistake that first looked enormous but eventually was pretty much fixed, though with no small amount of worry and strife in between. An unfortunate series of events caused a major inconvenience for users of the smartphone, and i...

Palm Digs a New Tunnel Into iTunes

Just over a week after Apple cut off the Palm Pre's ability to sync with iTunes, Palm has restored that capability with an update to its webOS operating system. In announcing the update on the Palm blog, Palm vice president of business products John Traynor was somewhat circumspect, focusing first o...

YouTube, Universal Hook Up for Music Video Site

Google's YouTube and Universal Music Group are partnering to launch Vevo, a music video vehicle featuring UMG's videos. The site will launch in the coming months. Few details have been provided about the launch; however, both companies will share in the revenues, and additional deals with other musi...

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