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  • UMG v. Veoh: Web 2.0 Sites are Protected under DMCA Safe Harbors

    From the heroic Electronic Frontier Foundation : Over the holidays, video hosting site Veoh won another victory under the DMCA safe harbors , this time against Universal Music Group (UMG). The ruling should put to rest the argument that transcoding and other activities necessary for making content accessible...
    Posted to Copyfascism Watch by aheram on Tue, Jan 6 2009
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  • New York Times Accused of Copyright Infringement

    The New York Times is being sued by GateHouse Media, a publisher of mostly small, local newspapers, for copyright infringement over its linking and aggregation practices in its Boston Globe online unit. In its lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on Monday, Fairport, N.Y.-based GateHouse...
    Posted to Copyfascism Watch by aheram on Wed, Dec 24 2008
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  • Entertainment Industry Declares War on Australian ISP

    Thirty-four of the biggest names in the entertainment industry has declared war on Australia's third-largest internet service provider (ISP) iiNet in a suit that claims that the broadband provider is partly responsible for its users' breach of copyright laws : Australia's biggest film and...
    Posted to Copyfascism Watch by aheram on Thu, Nov 27 2008
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  • RIAA v. Joel Tenenbaum: The RIAA's Lawsuits are Unconstitutional

    In what is shaping up to be the most significant copyfight case in years, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Professor Charles Nesson of the Harvard Law School in mounting a challenge against a federal copyright law that is the heart of the Recording Industry Association of America's...
    Posted to Copyfascism Watch by aheram on Thu, Nov 27 2008
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  • Jackson Browne v. Ohio GOP and John McCain

    Last August, the Ohio Republican Party released a campaign commercial in support of Senator John McCain's campaign for the presidency. One of the music used in the campaign commercial in a thirty-second snippet is Jackson Browne's song Running on Empty . According to Browne, a supporter of President...
    Posted to Copyfascism Watch by aheram on Thu, Nov 20 2008
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  • USP v. Durkee: Copyright Infringement Claim Threatens Free Speech

    Unsurprisingly, the Union Square Partnership (USP) utilized the egregious violation of basic rights that is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to shut down a website parodying its own official website. Savitri Durkee, an activist concerned about preserving the character of Union Square and Union...
    Posted to Copyfascism Watch by aheram on Tue, Nov 18 2008
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  • When the Content-Creators Break the Law

    To defend their state-granted monopoly , that is. MediaDefender, an outfit paid by the MPAA and RIAA to disrupt peer-to-peer sharing networks, is suspected of engaging in denial-of-service attacks against Revision3. The company uses BitTorrent technology to deliver its own digital files (much the same...
    Posted to Copyfascism Watch by aheram on Tue, Jun 17 2008
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  • News: Court Rejects "Attempted Infringement" Claim

    A district court has resoundingly rejected the music industry's claim that the mere potential of copyright infringement (the "make available" theory of infringement) does not constitute infringement of distribution rights. From the Electronic Frontier Foundation : In its order , the court...
    Posted to Copyfascism Watch by aheram on Mon, Apr 28 2008
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  • News: Reinhardt v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. et al

    Richard Reinhardt's copyright infringement case against digital-music distributors Wal-Mart, Apple, and Real Networks has been dismissed by a judge frustrated at Ramones drummer's illogical argument that digital files are not “manufactured or sold,” but rather transmitted or licensed. Reinhardt...
    Posted to Copyfascism Watch by aheram on Sat, Apr 26 2008
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  • News: Does She Look Like a Music Pirate?

    Tanya Andersen made news a few years ago when the RIAA boldly went after this single mother in their crackdown on so-called music pirates. She is in the news again, but this time she is the one on the attack: When Tanya Andersen opens the door to her modest apartment in suburban Portland, Ore., her Maltese...
    Posted to Copyfascism Watch by aheram on Sat, Apr 26 2008
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  • What is Copyfascism?

    copyfascism \'kä-pē-fa,shi-zəm\ - the belief in a state-granted monopoly on ideas and information utilizing governmental power and coercion in breaching free speech and private property rights, and the forcible suppression of creativity and innovation.
    Posted to Copyfascism Watch by aheram on Sat, Apr 26 2008
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  • This is Copyfascism Watch

    This is an age when innovations in information technology occur in breakneck speeds. Everything from music to books to software to full-length movies are becoming more widely and easily available. However, against this backdrop of ever growing access to information is an increasingly contentious conflict...
    Posted to Copyfascism Watch by aheram on Sat, Apr 26 2008
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