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Google chief weighs in on German copyright row

Google’s European chief Matt Brittin has described a new proposed copyright law in Germany as “like putting up a big sign saying ‘we don’t understand the Internet’.”

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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.

UK regulators say ISPs must be piracy watchdogs

Add watchdog to the list of duties now on required of U.K. Internet service providers. The nation’s communications regulator, Ofcom, today rolled out a draft code demanding ISPs watch out for piracy, record how many warnings are given suspected offenders, and after three notices, remove violators. The new draft rule is the start of the UK’s Digital Economy Act and a three-strike response.

Pirates are now the third most popular political party in Germany

The Pirate Party began in Sweden back in 2006 as an offshoot of the BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay, with a focus on issues of copyright and technology. Now it has become a serious force in German politics, pulling ahead of the Green party in recent polls to become the third most popular political faction.

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Forget Hollywood — U.S. startups are in dire need of copyright protection

The recent debate over SOPA, PIPA, and OPEN has left a bitter taste among those who think the tech industry is in desperate need of intellectual property reform. Add to it the recent shutdown of Megaupload and big-time patent disputes, and it’s easy to see how IP enforcement has become a weapon that threatens technological innovation in a way like never before. Despite the mess, a recent trend has left many startups crying out for greater copyright/IP protection: the rise of copycat kings like Rocket Internet in Germany, Fast Lane Ventures in Russia, and others in China, who are quick to “clone” successful U.S. businesses like Pinterest, Fab.com, Airbnb, Groupon, and Zappos in overseas markets. And I’m not just talking about taking an idea and tweaking it; this is about copying a site’s entire design, layout, and logo almost pixel for pixel and coming up with some uninspired derivative name (e.g., “Pinspire” instead of Pinterest, “Zolando” instead of Zappos) that reeks of being a cheap knock-off.