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Remember, Google’s Newest Ranking Signal Is Only 1 Of Over 200

Google announced on Friday that starting this week, it would begin using the number of “valid” copyright removal notices it gets for a site as a ranking signal. This immediately rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. In fact, various groups were quick to speak out about Google’s new policy. The EFF, for example, called the policy “opaque,” and …

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New Google Algorithm Change Immediately Raises Concerns

As previously reported, Google announced that it will implement a new ranking signal into its search algorithm next week. The search engine will start taking the number of “valid” copyright removal notices it receives for a site, into account when ranking content. Are you concerned about this new addition? Let us know in the comments. Almost as soon as the …

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Google Adds Copyright Removal Notices To Its Search Algorithm

Google announced a new change to its search algorithm today. Starting next week, the search engine will begin taking into account the number of valid copyright removal notices in rankings. That is the number of valid notices Google receives itself. This should get interesting. “Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results,” says Google SVP, …

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The Government Is Putting Fair Use In Danger

Fair use – what do those two words mean to you? If you’ve been following copyright law at all lately, you probably have heard the term thrown around a few times. It’s considered by many to be the most important feature in copyright law, so why is it always under attack? It would be unfair to say that fair use …

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Government Is Now Issuing Takedown Requests Of YouTube Videos

The copyright moguls who police YouTube make the lives of those just looking for entertainment unnecessarily hard. There’s something to be said for protecting your copyright, but sometimes things just get outrageous. The latest takedown is probably the most outrageous of them all. TechDirt was pointed to one of those silly conspiracy theory videos that pop up on YouTube all …

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YouTube Reminds Us That There Are Over 4 Million Creative Commons Videos At Our Disposal

A little over a year ago, YouTube launched Creative Commons on YouTube, and officially allowed uploaders to ad a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) to their videos. At the launch, the CC library consisted of just over 10,000 videos from organizations like C-SPAN, PublicResource, and Al Jazeera. Today, YouTube tells us that there are now 4 million Creative Commons …

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With ACTA Dead, TPP Shapes Up To Avoid The Same Fate

The internet is still rejoicing after last week’s win over ACTA. The European Parliament overwhelmingly voted down the treaty which effectively kills it for the time being. It will be back later, but the Internet can celebrate another win for now. While our friends in Europe our celebrating, the U.S. must still be on the offensive in regards to the …

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Jimmy Wales Got a Little Testy with Reporters About the O’Dwyer Case

In spite of what appeared to be a decision from the United Kingdom’s Home Office to continue with the extradition of accused copyright-infringer Richard O’Dwyer to the United States, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales maintains that reports of the Home Office’s decision are false. On Tuesday, V3 published a comment from U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May’s office saying that it would …

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Anonymous Launches #OpJapan Against Law That Would Imprison People Over Watching YouTube

Do you want to know the secret to getting on Anonymous’ bad side? Try passing a law that punishes people for watching YouTube videos. Japan just recently passed a law that would fine and imprison people for watching YouTube videos of copyrighted content. Once they caught wind of the news, Anonymous launched #OpJapan in protest. Anonymous launched the campaign with …

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Tetris Clones Beware, You May Be Held Accountable For Copyright Infringement

I think everybody knows what Tetris is by now. If you don’t, then you obviously never owned a game console since the Gameboy. It pretty muck kickstarted the puzzle genre and it spawned countless imitators. The company that owns the trademark, Tetris Holding, is extremely protective. Their latest target was the iPhone game, Mino. Wired reports that a District judge …

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Pinterest Hires Former Google Lawyer Michael Yang

If you’ve followed any of Google’s legal woes over the past few years, then you might be familiar with the name Michael Yang. In addition to handling the problem with Chrome’s terms of service — apparently anything you wrote in Chrome became the property of Google — Yang also tackled Buzz’s privacy issues by explaining how the company intended to …

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South Park Cites Fair Use, Wins “What What (In The Butt)” Infringement Case

According to a ruling from the 7th U.S. circuit Court of Appeals, Butters is not a copyright infringer. The court upheld a lower court decision that ruled Viacom’s Comedy Partners were correct in their fair use defense concerning a 2008 South Park episode that lampooned a classic viral video from 2007 – Samwell’s “What What (In The Butt), which currently …

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