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NBC Universal and others caught faking takedown links

Copyright Troll

One of the tactics that movie studios, music labels and copyright trolls use in taking down sites, having them blocked or attempting to extort money, is to find links to infringing content and either use them as court evidence, for DMCA takedowns. It turns out though that some groups manufacture …

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More YouTubers are getting silently dropped from monetisation

Since Google’s acquisition of it back in 2006, Youtube has always been a bit of an opaque organisation. Getting through to support has never been easy and often changes are made without much consultation with the content creators. Lately that lack of transparency is causing real problems for some video …

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Google asked to take down 1500 links per minute

Media companies have lumped Google with a lot of responsibility when it comes to fighting piracy, so much so that Google now handles two million takedown requests every single day. According to Google’s own transparency report, the company received 65 million takedown requests in the last month alone. The math …

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Google is finally willing to protect Fair Use on YouTube

Over the years, YouTube has become a huge platform for content creators. Over the years, it has seemed like the copyright system on YouTube was stacked against creators, with no real fair use protection against bogus copyright claims. Now, YouTube is finally doing something about it with a new fair …

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Konami DMCA’d MGS fan art on Twitter

Konami is something of an enigma, sometimes it almost seems as if the company doesn’t want to sell games at all. This week is an exciting time for Metal Gear Solid fans, after the final chapter in the long-running series released on Monday. So as with any big game launch, …

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Columbia Pictures DMCAs official Pixels trailer

Pixels launched earlier this month and the movie is not off to a good start with critics, with an abysmal score of 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, it seems that Columbia Pictures is still pretty worried about piracy as the company has been sending out mass amounts of DMCA claims, one …

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Sky News live stream shut down by DMCA from Fox News

TV and movie companies are constantly throwing around bogus DMCA notices and copyright claims around, though they are usually placed with the intention of combating piracy, rather than shutting down the competition. This week, the official YouTube live-stream of Sky News was pulled thanks to a copyright claim from Fox …

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Reddit to clarify removed content with new reports

Reddit, “the front page of the internet,” has been going through some changes in the past few months, in an effort to open up some of its decision making and staff dealings. It released a transparency report earlier this year, which gave users an idea of how often it complied …

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BBC DMCA notice demands Top Gear IMDB take down

The BBC appears to have fallen foul of the drag-net effects of automated DMCA takedown tools, as in an effort to curb piracy of the on-hiatus motoring show, Top Gear, it’s demanded that the show’s own IMDB page be removed, along with other bizarre URL’s like the DailyMotion home page. …

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Court Orders ISPs to disconnect pirates

An Irish court has ruled in favour of several large record labels, forcing Ireland based Internet Service Provider, UPC, to introduce a three strike rule, that will disconnect repeat offenders when it comes to copyright infringement and illegal downloads. The case originally kicked off half a year ago when the …

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WordPress beats homophobic group in copyright battle

Phony DMCA takedowns have been a staple of anti-piracy lobby groups for years, the debate often being not whether they did it, but whether it was their fault or the over-zealous reporting of their automated takedown tools. Even in the case of clear unjust use of the law however, it’s rare …

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Revenge porn site owner wants photos of him taken down

The founder of IsAnybodyDown.com, Craig Brittain, has drawn condemnation from privacy advocates and the press in the past couple of days, as despite his website gaining notoriety back in 2012 for featuring ‘revenge porn’ images of nude women without their permission, he recently used the digital millennium copyright act to …

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Techland to retract DMCA takedown requests for mods

Last week, DMCA takedown notices were issued to a couple of mod creators making changes to recently released game Dying Light. However, it turns out that these DMCA notices were sent by mistake by a third-party company hired to try to suppress piracy. The Entertainment Software Association has acknowledged that …

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Judge rules ISPs don’t have to expose pirates

For media groups, the war on piratcy is one that will never be won, but there are battles that can be fought and contested and one of the ones they like fight the most, is send letters out to allegedly infringing internet users demanding money. However, they can’t do that …

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Lionsgate tries to block subreddit over Madea movie

Google has a lot to deal with when it comes to complying with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) law. It gets hundreds of thousands of takedown requests every single day, all of which it must address at some point if it is to toe the line of the law. Most …

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