Insect photographer Alex Wild explains the effect of copyright infringement
on his business; he has decided to give up commercial photography, partly due to the time he spends going after infringers. Alex Wild previously
who fought for their right to infringe
? Beastie Boys have agreed to settle the lawsuit, for a percentage of the revenues
to be donated to one or more charities selected by Beastie Boys that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for girls. Class.
is a term used (by opponents of the practice) to describe copyright holders filing subpoenas to residential ISPs for the identities matched to IP addresses linked to content piracy. In this case, the piracy is often via BitTorrent networks, where peers can see each other's public IP addresses. Rather than filing suit after obtaining these identities, the content copyright holders attempt to extract settlements on the order of $2,000-3,000 from named ISP subscribers to avoid going to court. That's their plan anyway. The recent (and ongoing) story of Prenda Law
demonstrates how turning the threat of copyright infringement lawsuits into a moneymaking venture
(allegedly with a lawyer as both plaintiff -- through a shell company -- and counsel) can go very wrong for the "trolls"... [more inside]
Over the course of the next two months, each participating ISP [*AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon] expects to begin rolling out its version of the [Copyright Alert System] – a system through which ISPs will pass on to their subscribers notices sent by content owners alleging copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks. Educational alerts will come first, followed by acknowledgement alerts that require the recipients to let their ISP know they have received the notices. For accounts where alleged infringing activity continues, enhanced alerts that contain “mitigation measures” will follow.
- Jill Lesser, Executive Director, Center for Copyright Information [more inside]
Swedish "Pirate" MEP Christian Engström
has announced that today or tomorrow Europe will be voting on extending copyrights for recorded music from 50 years to 95 years
Recently, Engström and Dutch liberal party D66 MEP Marietje Schaake have submitted a formal question
to the European Commission on the conflict of interest arising from their appointment of Maria Martin-Prat
. Martin-Prat has spent years directing 'global legal policy' for IFPI
, the global recording industry's London-based trade group, but will now be overseeing IPRED
and the ongoing ACTA
On the other side of the pond, Judge Beryl Howell has overturned restrictions established by lower courts on the issuing mass subpoenas to ISPs
during her first week on the U.S. D.C. District Court
, known results
). Beryl Howell was recently employed as an RIAA lobbyist and Executive Managing Director and General Counsel at the pirate chasing company Stroz Friedberg.
The RIAA paid Holmes Roberts & Owen $9,364,901 in 2008, Jenner & Block more than $7,000,000, and Cravath Swain & Moore $1.25 million, to pursue its "copyright infringement" claims, in order to recover a mere $391,000. ... for a 3 year period, they spent around $64,000,000 in legal and investigative expenses to recover around $1,361,000. (via Slashdot)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has shut down nine websites in connection with an ongoing crackdown on internet film and TV piracy
. The sites seized are Movieslinks.tv, Planetmoviez.com, ZML.com, Thepiratecity.org, Filespump.com, TVShack.net, Now-Movies.com, NinjaThis.net, and NinjaVideo.net. The feds also seized related Paypal accounts and bank accounts as part of the operation. Ninjavideo was the most notorious of the group, and its admin, Phara, went so far as to record a manifesto in praise of internet piracy
We previously discussed
the similarities, or lack thereof, between Emily the Strange and Rosamond from Nate the Great. Apparently, Nate the Great's writer (Marjorie Sharmat
) and illustrator (Marc Simont
) started making noise about the situation, though they have yet to file suit. Now Cosmic Debris, creator of the Emily empire, have beaten them to the punch by going to the U.S. District Court in California seeking a declaratory judgment
(.pdf) that Emily does not infringe. (via
) [more inside]
In September 1969, Simon & Schuster was preparing to publish Irving Wallace's The Seven Minutes
, a novel about the obscenity trial of a fictitious book of the same name by the fictitious author J.J. Jadway. Maurice Girodias, head of the erotica and avant garde literature publishing house the Olympia Press had a clever idea: what if I publish Jadway's book? [more inside]
is a website that lets you mix and match
online images to make fashion sets
. While it has received favour from Web 2.0 pundits
, fashion bloggers
, and major craft blogs
, it has also drawn massive ire
from artists that claim copyright infringement
and use of personal photos
. The anti-Polyvore pressure mainly comes from Etsy sellers
, with some support from artists on DeviantArt
, Red Buddle
, and independent artists
- all coming together on Flickr
. We Heart It
are also seen as suspect. While Polyvore tries to assuage copyright fears
, amidst growing pressure to shut down
, many of Polyvore's current users are counter-petitioning for the site to stay
MIT project that tracks youtube file deletions for aledged copyright infringement. They do not host the deleted files, fyi.via wired [more inside]
a site which has been around since 2003 (and is a registered trademark), has been a source of amusement and reviews for parents who play games, and parents who want to know what their kids are playing. Microsoft decided that they liked the name so much, they would steal it
. But at least they had the courtesy to admit
they knew about GamerDad before they stole the name.
Google buys YouTube.
$1.65 billion dollars is enough for Google to buy the number one video streaming site on the net.
The new DMCA: the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2006 The 24-page bill is a far-reaching medley of different proposals cobbled together. One would, for instance, create a new federal crime of just trying to commit copyright infringement. Such willful attempts at piracy, even if they fail, could be punished by up to 10 years in prison.
Now they're after the lyrics.
The MPA isn't stopping at the MP3 files.
Somebody at the ad agency for Nike Skateboarding
must be a Minor Threat
fan -- they recreated one of the band's album covers
for the marketing of Nike's Major Threat Tour
. Did they ask permission, though? No.
Marvel Comics sues NCsoft and Cryptic Studios,
the makers of the online game City of Heroes
for player created content they feel infringes on their copyright. If Marvel wins the case, all game developers can expect to be held responsible for the behavior of their players. This case covers similar ground to the proposed Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act
, which is before a Senate Judiciary Committee. Introduced to crack down on illegal file sharing on peer-to-peer networks, the bill would hold technology companies liable for manufacturing products that encourage people to infringe copyrights. The language of the bill caused an uproar
among technology and consumer advocates who claimed it would kill innovation. If successful in their lawsuit, would Marvel be able to sue the makers of pens and pencils
for producing products that allow people to create pictures of copyrighted characters?
Selling a used item as a copyright infringement?
Used knitting patterns are often resold by the original buyer when they've used them. "Alice Starmore(R)" is a company that makes patterns and yarns for knitters. Ebay is a big clearinghouse for knitters, and "Alice Starmore(R)" has repeatedly insisted that ANY auction of their yarns or patterns be pulled as the auctions violate their trademark and/or copyrights. So the knitters are getting a defense fund together to claim anti-trust and restraint of trade. Didn't we sort this all out over selling used books and cd's already?
You really shouldn't mess with people who have a hobby that makes them adept with big metal needles. (BTW Alice Starmore is from the Hebrides, hence the whole "KnittingBeyond..." business.)
Britney Spears, Madonna, Other Stars in TV Ads on Piracy
"Too many people don't realize that when you download a song you like from a peer-to-peer network or some other unauthorized Internet source, what you're doing is stealing music
," says Britney. Somebody ask Brit if she knows what peer-to-peer means. This is the latest Big Idea from the RIAA.
D-O-S attack disables RIAA site.
Do you think someone's trying to make a point about one group lobbying for the power to shut down individual's computers if they SUSPECT them of doing something they don't like, and another group ALREADY having that power?
Bootleg Toys: The Undiscovered Playthings
documents the sale of misfit toys in Southern California. For boys, there's Robert Cop 3
, the Mighty Morphin-esque Powerful Supper Raiders
, and Space Wars: Episode I
action figures. For girls, Sale Moon
, Hallo Betty
and the Spicy Girls
. But the most controversial toy isn't a trademark violation: the Laden vs USA
handheld video game.
Say what you want about him...
but STILE PROJECT
is as much a part of the internet at MetaFilter
...or, it would be, if he wasn't being shut down for allegedly displaying a copyrighted image in a banner ad that wasn't even stored within his website. And apparently his site isn't the only one targetted.
Unmitigated gall, Part Deux
...no, it's not déjàvu. Some folks simply have no respect for the work of others.