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Megaupload Lawyer Not Buying MPAA’s Sympathy

In a rather surprising turn of events, the MPAA submitted a document to the court yesterday saying that they would be fine with legitimate Megaupload users getting their data back. The organization had previously said they wanted the data to be retained so they could bring lawsuits against groups using the site to illegally distribute movies. Some people probably thought …

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Google Gets Over a Million Takedown Requests Each Month

Google’s yearly transparency report is available, and right away, they make one thing perfectly clear: They get and respond to over 1 million takedown requests on a monthly basis. Not only do they respond, but they apparently act. According to one of their many FAQs, Google removed “97% of search results specified in requests that we received between July and …

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Charles Nesson Says RIAA Creating “Urban Legend” Around Copyright

You may recall the story of Joel Tenenbaum, the young man who chose to fight the RIAA when the group began to go after individual file sharers during the last decade. He has been caught in a legal hell for the latter half of the decade going from court to court and it looks like it will never end. Enough …

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Righthaven Copyrights (Including Porn Titles) Being Auctioned on eBay

17 Righthaven copyrights are being auctioned off on eBay today. I’m not going to rehash the entire Righthaven saga here, but if you’re unfamiliar with the story, Righthaven with the business model of purchasing copyrights and suing people. They have become commonly known as a “copyright troll”. Properties previously acquired by the “company” have been turned over to lawyers, as …

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New York Judge Slaps Down Piracy Lawsuit

If you believe the rhetoric coming from certain organizations, the illegal downloading of copyrighted material will be the death of the entertainment industry. One MPAA official once said that technology that allowed unauthorized copying of movies “is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to a woman home alone.” Of course, that was …

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New Lawsuit Targets More Hurt Locker Downloaders

If you downloaded the Academy-Award-winning film The Hurt Locker in the past two years, things are really turning out to be a hassle for you. That’s because Voltage Pictures, makers of the film, keep going after BitTorrent users. According to court documents obtained by TorrentFreak, Voltage Pictures is back and ready to sue 2.514 more people, adding to their already-record-setting …

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Is There A New ACTA Already In The Works?

We reported on Monday that ACTA is dying, slowly and painfully. It received its death knell when David Martin MEP suggested that ACTA be rejected altogether. While not a definitive sign of its death, just trust me on this – it’s dying. The massive protests all across Europe will make sure that happens. There’s just one little problem though – …

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MegaUpload Data Safe Until Compromise Can Be Reached

We brought you word last week that MegaUpload and all the other interested parties took to court to argue their case for why MegaUpload’s data should or should not be destroyed. Everybody involved from MegaUpload themselves to the EFF to the MPAA all had a stake in it. Turns out that the court agreed with the voice of reason for …

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Spanish ‘SOPA’ Gives Look Into A Future Of Internet Control

It seems like forever ago when the Internet beat back the forces of IP holders and politicians in January for trying to pass SOPA and PIPA. While we have seen some instances of what these bills could do with the shutdown of MegaUpload, we haven’t seen any real examples yet of what a SOPA enabled country would look like. Unfortunately, …

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Test Your Company’s Intellectual Property Awareness

A new online tool can help small companies and entrepreneurs evaluate their awareness of intellectual property and learn how to protect it. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) teamed up to create the IP Awareness Assessment, available at no charge at www.uspto.gov/inventors/assessment/. Intellectual property is a …

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Grooveshark Dumped by its Only Major Label

It appears that the only major record label to have a contract with Grooveshark has cut its ties to the popular music streaming site. Cnet points out that in a New York State court filing that EMI claims Grooveshark is not paying its share of a contract the companies entered into in 2009. The record label wants out of the …

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Pinterest Could Have Trouble From Getty Images

TechCrunch reports that Jonathan Klein of Getty Images doesn’t have a problem with people using the photos that his company distributes, even if they’re not paying for them. Until… that company starts making money. Klein was at SXSW this year and said, regarding copyright issues and payments: “We’re comfortable with people using our images to build traffic. The point in …

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