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Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes House, Heads to Obama’s Desk

Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes House, Heads to Obama’s Desk

By Josh Wolford 17 hours ago

The House has unanimously passed legislation, unanimously passed last week in the Senate, that will once again make it legal for consumers to unlock their cellphones. “With today’s House passage of the bipartisan Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, …

The UFC Misses With Their Latest Takedown Request The UFC Misses With Their Latest Takedown Request

Make no mistake about it: UFC President Dana White absolutely hates it when people stream UFC fights on the Internet. So much so, in fact, he has been incredibly outspoken about making such an act a felony. With that in …

HBO Asks Google To Remove VLC Player Link HBO Asks Google To Remove VLC Player Link
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In what appears to be a case of either mistaken identity or guilt by association, in one of their recent DMCA filings, HBO included a takedown request link pointing to the VLC media player. For those who are not aware, …

FCC Chairman Nominee Supports Cell Phone Unlocking FCC Chairman Nominee Supports Cell Phone Unlocking
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Tom Wheeler, the man President Obama has nominated to be the next FCC chairman, has something in common with a lot of Americans. He believes that they have the right to unlock their cell phones after a two-year contract is …

Wireless Carriers Back Cellphone Unlocking Bill Wireless Carriers Back Cellphone Unlocking Bill

Should you be able to unlock your cellphone? Wireless carriers used to not think so, but now the industry’s lobbying group seems to be fine with it as long as the bill is worthless. The Hill reports that the wireless …

House To Hold Hearing On Cellphone Unlocking Bill House To Hold Hearing On Cellphone Unlocking Bill
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Pretty much everybody in Washington agrees with the common man – you should be able to unlock your cellphone without fear of repercussion. Where we tend to disagree is how to go about doing this. Unfortunately, the House has decided …

Google More Transparent About DMCA Takedowns Google More Transparent About DMCA Takedowns

Google does a lot of work for copyright holders in the US. Under the DMCA, Google has to delete infringing links from its search results. It used to be not such a bad job, but now the search giant is …

Twitter Now Shows You When They've Yanked a Tweet Twitter Now Shows You When They've Yanked a Tweet

Twitter has just made a significant change in their privacy policy that they say will increase transparency across the site. Now, instead of removing tweets flagged with a DMCA copyright notice, they are simply “withholding” them. Twitter will normally respond …

YouTube Fixes Its Content ID System YouTube Fixes Its Content ID System

YouTube’s Content ID system has drawn the ire from plenty of Internet users. Important moments in history have been ruined thanks to the trigger happy ID matching program that seems to serve content curators over users. This year alone has …

Removal Requests Down After Google Algorithm Change Removal Requests Down After Google Algorithm Change
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On August 10, Google announced that it would be updating its algorithm the following week to include a new ranking signal for the number of “valid copyright removal notices” it receives for a given site. Do you think Google’s addition …

Torrent Sites Think Google Is Censoring Them Torrent Sites Think Google Is Censoring Them
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Google caused a lot of discussion last week when they announced that they were introducing a new ranking signal into their search algorithm. The new signal directly targets sites that receive a lot of DMCA takedown notices and downgrades them …

Does Linking To Illegal Content Violate Copyright? Does Linking To Illegal Content Violate Copyright?
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Despite how you feel on the matter, online piracy is illegal. Various courts throughout the country have said again and again that uploading pirated works on the Internet for others to download is illegal. The copyright lobby hasn’t really done …

Google's New Ranking Signal Is Only 1 Of Over 200 Google's New Ranking Signal Is Only 1 Of Over 200
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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, …

Google Algorithm Change Immediately Raises Concerns Google Algorithm Change Immediately Raises Concerns
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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 …

Dropbox Responds to Megaupload Comparisons Dropbox Responds to Megaupload Comparisons
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Yesterday, stories covering Dropbox’s new sharing feature pointed out how the feature made the Dropbox service similar to other cloud storage services, such as Megaupload, that have been accused of harboring piracy. Today, Dropbox is in damage control mode and …

MPAA Supports Repeat Infringer Ruling MPAA Supports Repeat Infringer Ruling
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There’s an important copyright case being heard at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals concerning DMCA and repeat infringers. Simply put, if a site owner responds to DMCA complaints and removes infringing content but does not ban the users who …

Pinterest Could Have Trouble From Getty Images 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 …