We've all seen cute kids lip-syncing their favorite songs on YouTube. A new bill could make that illegal.
"I don't think you should go after little 8 year olds that are crying and singing Justin Bieber because it's their favorite person in the world," said YouTube Lip-syncer Cubby Squires.
U.S. Senate bill 978 would toughen copyright laws and make it illegal to upload lip-synced videos.Read more »
Proposed revisions to copyright law would make "illegal streaming" of music and video a felony offense and would allow FBI to wiretap those who are suspected of violating copyright law.Read more »
I dislike using the term ‘piracy’ in relation to copying or sharing music and software. Piracy, after all, connotates Somali renegades raiding ships and taking hostages. In these instances (as with all cases of actual theft) a person is denied use of their legitimately acquired property. When software and music are ‘pirated’, however, the original owner still has his or her property.Read more »
This and other articles refer to takedowns of various sites that link to live streams of sporting events--not coincidentally, just before the Super Bowl. Many sites taken down aren't even in the United States, such as Rojadirecta.org, and none of them actually host the streams. Rojadirecta, in Spain, has even been ruled completely legal by Spanish courts. Yet, the heavy-handed US government continues to push its weight around the globe.Read more »
UPDATE: Judge suspends Xbox modder's trial, admonishes prosecutionRead more »
Legal Analysis by Corynne McSherry
Over the past few days, the U.S. Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security and nine U.S. Attorneys’ Offices seized 82 domain names of websites they claim were engaged in the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and illegal copyrighted works.
"A bunch of folks sent over MPAA interim CEO Bob Pisano's incredibly misleading defense of the COICA censorship bill written recently for TheHill.com. It's amazing how many misleading or outright false statements Pisano was able to fit into a single piece but it's a testament to the level to which the MPAA must go through to support its plan for internet censorship"Read more »
A bill giving the government the power to shut down Web sites that host materials that infringe copyright is making its way quietly through the lame-duck session of Congress, raising the ire of free-speech groups and prompting a group of academics to lobby against the effort.Read more »
A US jury has ordered a Minnesota woman to pay 1.5 million dollars for illegally downloading 24 songs in a high-profile digital piracy case.
Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a single mother of four, was found liable by a jury on Wednesday of copyright infringement for using KaZaA peer-to-peer file-sharing network to download the songs over the Internet.
She was ordered to pay 62,500 dollars for each of the 24 songs, a total of 1.5 million dollars.Read more »
As part of its ongoing punishment of any institute or company that defends copyright, Anonymous has now taken down the website of The United States Copyright Office. The group managed to take copyright.gov offline for half an hour. After that the website started to respond again slowly, with occasional outages.Read more »
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