Editor’s Pick While reverse engineering is protected as fair use, Snapchat is using DMCA Section 1201 to tell one programmer his app based on a reverse engineering of Snapchat needs to be shut down.
It’s time to begin paying attention to the tech policies formulated in the U.S right now., starting with the 5 very important policy issues we’ve listed below:
After a number of so-called “Band-Aid” solutions, Congress has introduced the smartphone legalization bill of activists’ dreams.
“The DMCA’s unintended consequences on our rights to modify and repair the electronics we buy, and to remix and make fair use of copyright content could easily be fixed as part of a larger Copyright reform act.”
Lots of companies are throwing their weight behind the effort to keep smartphone unlocking legal. But big corporations like Microsoft and Google aren’t joining the fray.
With the thousands of automatic takedown notices for illegally uploaded videos flooding Google’s inbox, it’s nice to know that the legitimately bad requests by media companies aren’t blindly approved.
The people have spoken: They want their phones unlocked.
This is in addition to Twitter’s already-existing policies of posting takedowns at Chilling Effects and per-country censorship of locally offensive content.
Microsoft recently sent out a string of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) infringement notices that requested URLs from the Huffington Post, Washington Post, Wikipedia and the U.S. Government to be removed from Google’s search engine results.
YouTube is likely to be saved from the Google’s latest search alteration that punishes websites in its search results for having too many DMCA take-down requests. Why? The video-sharing site may not actually have that many DMCA notices, says SearchEngineLand.
Big dogs like Google, Facebook, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and now the Motion Picture Association of America have all filed briefs in an obscure copyright case currently being heard by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. At stake: what does a service have to do when a takedown notice is filed, and should that site have an additional burden to block repeat offenders?
Twitter has been tap-dancing around foreign governments’ demands to remove tweets, as VentureBeat’s Jennifer Van Grove reported this week. Now the company has made public the 4,411 takedown notices Twitter has received in the U.S. under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Has Europe gone mad? A trade agreement most Americans have never heard of has sparked outrage and protests across the pond.
In advance of testifying at a congressional hearing tomorrow, a group of technology industry leaders participated in a public discussion about the ill effects of the proposed SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy legislation.
Universal Music Group recently had a video removed from YouTube because…
A group of prominent Internet companies filed a “friend of the court” brief yesterday in media conglomerate Viacom’s lawsuit against Google-owned YouTube. An attorney writing on behalf of eBay, Facebook, Yahoo, and IAC (whose websites includes Citysearch, CollegeHumor, and Vimeo) urged the judge to dismiss Viacom’s suit, saying it threatens the companies’ protections under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.