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Twitter Now Shows You When It’s Yanked a Tweet for DMCA

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 to DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) requests that involve the “use of a copyrighted image as an profile photo, header …

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YouTube Upgrades 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 seen two embarrassing instances of the Content ID system being abused – the Mars Rover landing and the Democratic National …

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Removal Requests Actually Down, Following Google Algorithm Change

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 of this signal is a good thing for search results? Let us know in the comments. “Sites with high numbers …

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Torrent Sites Think Google Is Censoring Them

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 in search results. It’s assumed that the move will have an effect on the visibility of sites like The Pirate …

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Should Linking To Copyrighted Material Be Illegal?

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 much about it in recent years after finding out that suing everybody wasn’t good for their image. There is, however, …

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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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Dropbox Responds to Megaupload Comparisons

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 is responding to critics. They are detailing how the Dropbox service differs from other cloud sharing services and what features …

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MPAA Versus Google, Facebook Concerning Repeat Infringer Case

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 uploaded the content in question, is the site owner in someway liable if these users become repeat infringers? Google and …

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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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Pinterest’s DMCA Notices Can Be Handled By Amazon

For the past couple of months, questions concerning

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Pinterest’s Copyright Policy Needs Revising

Attorney Connie J. Mableson, whose website dmcahandbook.com contains information about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other intellectual property issues, has some observations about Pinterest and the copyright questions surrounding it of late. Ms. Mabelson has represented internet and E-commerce companies, websites, Usenet providers, together with Creators and Copyright Holders regarding original content, security, and copyright infringement. In a piece …

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