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Rumblefish ... Yes, the same Rumblefish that claimed copyright on ambient birdsongs... 

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Ok, so we posted a video of an Arduino rotating in front of an American flag with the public domain “America the Beautiful” by United States Navy Band as the music.

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Ok, so we posted a video of an Arduino rotating in front of an American flag with the public domain "America the Beautiful" by United States Navy Band as the music. We immediately received this fro...
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Leaked #TPP paper shows US pushing drug company rights - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11474740 "the worst-ever agreement in terms of access to medicines."
A draft of part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal leaked to the Politico website suggests the US is demanding increased protections for pharmaceutical companies, restricting - New Zealand Herald
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The battle to reform 300-year-old #copyright law for the digital age - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/07/the-battle-to-reform-300-year-old-copyright-law-for-the-digital-age/ which is meeting resistance, strangely
The copyright industries have been blocking and undermining pro-user reforms for years.
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“The Megaupload defendants were branded by the DOJ as ‘fugitives’ for lawfully fighting extradition in New Zealand,” Megaupload Appellate Counsel Michael Elkin notes.

“The district court’s denial of their basic rights to defend against asset forfeiture under a ‘fugitive disentitlement’ doctrine amounts to a violation of basic due process,” he adds.

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Kim Dotcom Appeals to Reclaim ‘Mega Millions’ from U.S. - Following the 2012 raid on Megaupload and Kim Dotcom, U.S. and New Zealand authorities seized millions of dollars in cash and other property. Claiming the assets were obtained through copyright and money laundering crimes, last July the U.S. government launched a separate civil action in which it asked the court to forfeit the bank accounts, cars and other seized possessions of the Megaupload defendants. Megauplo... http://ow.ly/30PmF4
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In response, Trump has filed what has to be one of the funniest lawsuits we've seen in a long time against Univision over the cancelled deal. It honestly reads like one of those nutty conspiracy theory lawsuits we see all the time, often filed pro se. You'd think that Trump would have trouble finding lawyers willing to file nuttiness on his behalf, but apparently there's always someone.

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Donald Trump seems to be showing off what would happen if your prototypical internet troll had way too much money at his disposal. As you may have heard, he's putting on a big show of "running" for President, though as many have...
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Some gamers scoffed at good o' Template Nibbler's black and white, console graphics. They should be happy that there were any graphics at all. Real template gamers play by compiler error alone.

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In which C++ templates are used to play Tetris at compiletime....
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But to the extent that it is copyright law that is causing this chilling, it is a particularly bizarre result. Copyright law is inherently about promoting the progress of the arts and sciences, or, in other words, stimulating innovation and knowledge-sharing. It is completely anathema to copyright law’s constitutional mandate for Section 1201 of the copyright statute to explicitly impose barriers to that discovery.

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It would take many, many blog posts to fully articulate all the ways that modern copyright law threatens innovation. But one notable way is through Section 1201 of the copyright statute. As discussed previously, Section 1201 is ostensibly...
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While that may appear reasonable at first glance, in practice it's a mess. The only way to even try to do that is to over-aggressively block any and all uses of that particular work -- which will undoubtedly lead to overblocking. Song playing in the background? Blocked. Parody video? Blocked. Algorithm not sure? Blocked.

#techdirt   #youtube   #gema   #germany  
YouTube and the music collection society GEMA have been at war for many years. Five years ago, I was at Berlin Music Week and it was one of the major points of discussion. YouTube was blocking all music videos, since GEMA insisted that YouTube...
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You see, other ISPs can still offer their services even with a municipal broadband in place. As far as I understood being municipal doesn't mean being free or altruistic but rather actually making the service available with quality where the private sector has failed to do so.

Then the question is: what is the problem with municipal broadband again?

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For 12 years, Eva VanHook, 39, of Georgetown, Tennessee, lived with a satellite broadband connection so slow that she'd read a book while waiting for a web page to load. In order for her son to access online materials for his school assignments, she'd drive him 12 miles to their church parking lot, where he could access faster WiFi.

Charter, the local Internet service provider, declined several requests by her husband to build lines out to her home. Only last month did Charter connect her home to the Internet.

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Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to ease the way for cities to become Internet service providers. So-called municipal broadband is already a reality in a few towns, often providing Internet access and faster service to...
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Yeah... actually, you know that "donation," it's not exactly a donation, and more, oh I don't know, part of the legal settlement...
As part of the settlement, 3taps and its founder, Greg Kidd, have agreed to pay craigslist $1 million, all of which must then be paid by craigslist to the EFF, which supported 3taps' position on the CFAA in this litigation, and continues to do great work for Internet freedom generally.

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And yet Craigslist sued these companies under a tortured definition of the CFAA, arguing that the mere scraping of its data to provide value on top of it (none of which took away any value from Craigslist) was "unauthorized access." The EFF filed an amicus brief against Craigslist, slamming the company (which it has frequently supported in other circumstances) for abusing the law

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There's been a bunch of fuss online over the "news" that Craigslist is supposedly donating $1 million to EFF when the money is not actually from Craig. It's from a startup that Craigslist has sued out of business, under a...
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It's not entirely clear which "federal agency" took the money, but a good guess is that the DEA is likely in possession of this "curiosity" now, thanks to its willingness to troll mass transportation departure points in search of "guilty" money.

Also ridiculous is the airport spokesperson noting that the traveler was allowed to "continue on his way," $75,000 lighter. As if that makes everything OK? If this money is completely unrelated to criminal activity, the government has just stolen money from one of its citizens. If it is linked to criminal activity, the traveler is probably in for a world of hurt if it belonged (or was owed) to someone else. Either way, the citizen loses, the government wins and the TSA badly mishandles another social media interaction. 

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The TSA runs a fairly entertaining Instagram account, if you're the sort of person who is impressed by pictures of weapons seized from stupid passengers. That would be the extent of its social media prowess. Its blog is pretty much a 50/50 mix...
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Flickr Now Officially Supports Public Domain Dedications | Techdirt
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We've been writing a lot about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement over the past few years. There are many, many problems with it,

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The latest big report from the Intercept is about an annual hackathon, put on by the CIA (which the NSA and others participate in) where the

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All the Infrastructure a Tyrant Would Need, Courtesy of Bush and Obama
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The American people have a duty to dismantle the national security state before it destroys the American project.

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The Constitution does not support this decision. The decision shows a contemptuous understanding of the history and role of intellectual pro