Things seem to be going from bad to worse in Australia. In April, it brought in mandatory data retention, and last week its own version of SOPA finally became law. Now the Australian government is working on another awful piece of legislation:...Show More Summary
All Out and Lush Cosmetics have teamed up to celebrate LGBT equality for Pride this year. The product: a golden, glittery, #GayIsOk bar of sopa, aptly named, Love Soap. All proceeds from the limited edition soap will go towards funding grassroots LGBT equality groups around the world. Show More Summary
As was widely expected after getting the greenlight to move forward with the bill, the Australian palirament has now approved its version of SOPA, allowing courts to issue censorship orders to block entire foreign websites outright, with no real recourse. Show More Summary
Last year, after many overseas freelance pieces, Jonah M. Kessel was promoted to the position of contract video journalist covering east Asia for the International New York Times. From that new, solidified vantage point, he authoredShow More Summary
Last December, we warned that Australia was about to get its own version of SOPA. The key aspects of the proposed law were exactly the parts of SOPA that so concerned millions of people in America: the ability of someone to make a copyright...Show More Summary
Following their SOPA defeat three years ago, the MPAA, RIAA and ESA are again arguing that registrars need to take action against domains being used for infringing purposes. The groups told the House Judiciary Committee’s Internet subcommittee that dealing with anonymous domain registrations is also an urgent matter. Show More Summary
Last week the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) held their spring conference in San Diego, to share intelligence about the latest strategies for combatting “counterfeiting” (by which they mean trademark infringement) and “piracy” (by which they mean copyright infringement). Show More Summary
Moving music beyond streaming, the major labels vs. SOPA, YouTube and turning artists into brands all go under the microscope in This Week In Music Commentary. ____________________________________ Way Beyond Streaming: Music's Marginal Reinvention Major Labels Use MP3Skull Lawsuit To Try To Backdoor SOPA YouTube’s Music Growing Pains - A Look...
Another week, another attempt by the legacy copyright players to find a way to enact SOPA via the backdoor. It appears that the strategy of using lawsuits is now well underway with the major labels all teaming up to sue the site MP3Skull. Guest post by Mike Masnick republished from...
The internet community has already chalked up an impressive list of wins --- from New Neutrality to killing SOPA and PIPA. But our work is far from done. The post Senator Ron Wyden: The Free Internet Is a Global Priority appeared first on WIRED.
Google is entitled to see internal communication between the MPAA and Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood, a federal court has ruled. Hood previously called for SOPA-like Internet filters in the U.S. and is accused of doing Hollywood's dirty work. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.
Another week, another attempt by the legacy copyright players to find a way to enact SOPA via the backdoor. As we've been covering quite a bit lately, the Sony hack has revealed how "site blocking" (the key part of SOPA -- which is more...Show More Summary
As you may recall, at the height of the SOPA fight fallout, MPAA boss Chris Dodd went on television and threatened to stop funding the politicians who didn't support the MPAA's copyright agenda: "Those who count on quote 'Hollywood'Show More Summary
Back during the SOPA fight, in a discussion with someone who was working with the politicians pushing SOPA, I pointed out that such a law would encourage much more encryption -- and the response was "that's no problem, because we'llShow More Summary
Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "The folks who wrote SOPA are trying to get extremist copyright provisions into the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement -- the one that Congress is trying to 'Fast Track' right now." Read the rest
Back in December, we noted that it appeared that Australia was about to get its own SOPA, and that appears to now be happening. The Australian press is reporting that Attorney General George Brandis is ready to introduce site blocking...Show More Summary
IF REPUBLICANS WERE SMART, THEY’D RUN AGAINST THE MPAA AND THE RIAA: MPAA Abusing DMCA Takedowns To Attempt A Poor Man’s SOPA. The old guard in Hollywood, so frightened of an internet they don’t understand, tends to be rather transparently buffoonish in its strategies to try to break the internet. For a few years, the […]
The old guard in Hollywood, so frightened of an internet they don't understand, tends to be rather transparently buffoonish in its strategies to try to break the internet. For a few years, the MPAA was totally focused on a "three strikes"...Show More Summary
Capcom's never really had much of a consumer-friendly reputation. Between being all about SOPA and utilizing innovative DRM measures such as "You only get one save file per game cartridge ever at all," it would be tough for the company to claim some kind of goodwill dividend should it screw up and find the need for one. Show More Summary