Pirating Android: DOJ seizes 3 sites selling stolen apps

Watch out, pirates sailing the mobile seas, law enforcement is paying attention to more than just illegal downloads of music and movies. The Department of Justice took down three websites yesterday that were illegally selling copyrighted Android applications.

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Judge: Embedding infringing videos doesn’t violate the law

Embedding a video that infringes copyright doesn’t violate the law, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
With more scrutiny on copyright violators than ever before, it’s important to know where you stand when it comes to things like embedding a questionable video into website or sharing a video with friends on social media.

Judge overseeing Kim Dotcom’s extradition steps down

Kim Dotcom, whose file-hosting service Megaupload was shut down by the New Zealand and U.S. governments for copyright infringement at the beginning of the year, has had plenty to say about the case until now. But as he awaits news about extradition to the U.S. from New Zealand, he’s become unusually quiet.

ValCom sues Megaupload for millions over copyright infringement

What will happen to file-sharing company Megaupload’s $42 million in seized assets? Founder Kim Dotcom is scraping by on a monthly stipend of $48,500 (taken from the interest on Dotcom’s $10 million in New Zealand government bonds) but the rest of the company’s warchest is a tempting target for companies that can prove copyright infringement.

Flickr disables Pinterest pins on copyrighted images (exclusive)

As the third most popular source of content on digital pin-board site Pinterest, Flickr and its photographers are subject to frequent acts of copyright infringement. But a site-wide update to Flickr promises to better protect members and their copyrighted works.

Megaupload founder out on bail, banned from Internet and helicopters

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was released on bail Wednesday in New Zealand, after a judge ruled he was no longer a flight risk. Dotcom is not allowed to access the Internet while out on bail, and he cannot use a helicopter. Additionally, he’s confined to his Coatesville house, where police took him into custody last month after finding him in a safe room with what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun.

Pinterest not a pirate anymore, helps site owners disable pins

By way of the “pin,” accidental thieves have exchanged copyrighted content on digital pin-board site Pinterest. To thwart any lawsuits in the making, the much talked-about startup is giving disgruntled site-owners a way to stop piracy before it starts by blocking their images from showing up on Pinterest.

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5 years later, Viacom still suing YouTube out of “principle”

A five year-old legal battle between Viacom and Google-owned YouTube over copyrighted content continues to clog up the U.S. court system because Viacom, parent company of Paramount Pictures and MTV, believes there’s an important principle at stake, president and CEO Philippe Dauman said Tuesday.

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YouTube buys a friend in the music biz

YouTube has purchased music royalty processing startup RightsFlow for an undisclosed sum, the companies announced Friday. Another day, another acquisition for YouTube parent company Google, right? Not so fast, this deal has big implications and could make YouTube a much more music-friendly place.

Viacom thought YouTube would have made a ‘transformative acquisition’

Well before media conglomerate Viacom sued Google for $1 billion in damages over copyright infringement in 2007, the media conglomerate thought that video-sharing site YouTube would have made a “transformative acquisition” for the company, according to court briefs released today. (The briefs are here, here and here.)