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  1. Alesia Stein Explains More About Hasbro, Zazzle, And The Brony Bro-Haha

    This might be as close to the pony's mouth as Zazzle will let us get.

    Yesterday we reported on a possible legal issue surrounding the use of the word "brony" in fan-made merchandise. To provide more context and clear up any confusion surrounding her interactions with Zazzle, Alesia Stein, i.e. Mandomommy herself, sent us this e-mail update.

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  2. Animator Aims Lawsuit Against Frozen

    You've undoubtedly noticed our new furry focus on the site today, but we understand that the transition may be a rough one, and are committed to easing it by continuing to bring you non-Maru-related news... for now.

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  3. Ready Your Fanfic, ‘Cause Sherlock Holmes Is Now In the Public Domain

    Great Scott!

    A judge has ruled that the vast majority of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories are now in the public domain in the US, which means (among other things) that you can make money off your Johnlock fic without Conan Doyle's heirs swooping down on you with blazing swords, ready to exact financial vengeance. It's go time.

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  4. (Most of) Sherlock Holmes Is Now Officially Part of Public Domain in the U.S.

    Just don't say anything about Watson's second wife.

    You know that Sherlock Holmes fanfiction you've been writing in your spare time? (Don't lie to us, somebody out there is totally doing it). You might be able to publish it without being forced to search+replace all the names of the characters first, because the majority of the Holmes canon is definitely public domain, a judge recently ruled.

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  5. TomoNews Reminds YouTube of Its Roots in an Animated Letter about Copyright Changes [Video]

    "Spayncc" is going after YouTube. If only all angry mobs could be this weird and funny.

    Pretty much no one likes YouTube's copyright bot running around flagging videos as copyright violations wherever it wants—not even the copyright holders. At best, opinions on the subject range from indifferent to "kill it with fire." That's why TomoNews is here with a pretty hilarious animated letter to YouTube from content creators.

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  6. YouTube Changed Its Copyright Policies, People Overreacted, Again

    What? No. Put down the pitchforks, tar, and feathers. It's going to be fine.

    It was already against YouTube policy for users to monetize videos that contain copyrighted content, but YouTube's recent copyright changes have given copyright holders the ability to flag copyrighted. Some problems with the new system have shown themselves, but it's not as though YouTube is unaware that newly implemented systems need work.

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  7. Son of First Ever Doctor Who Writer Sues BBC For Breach of Copyright Over TARDIS

    But what if it just travelled back in time to before copyright laws existed?

    Another day, another person suing the BBC for copyright over a beloved Doctor Who character or property. Now we've got a new contender -- Stef Coburn, whose father wrote the very first episode of the show that aired back in 1963, believes he's entitled to the copyright for the TARDIS.

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  8. Good News For Sad People: This Charming Charlie Has Gotten a Copyright Reprieve

    I am an intellectual property and I need to be loved!

    At last, someone has spoken out against the copyright takedown threats against This Charming Charlie -- namely, Morrissey himself.

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  9. Cosplayers Finally Facing Copyright Legal Action… Except It’s Over a Carpet

    *gasp* Twist!

    Dragon Con is held at the same Mariott hotel in Atlanta every year, so the people behind Volpin Props decided to get extra-creative and dress up as the unusual-looking carpet that every con-goer knows and... well, tolerates. It was a huge hit with everyone -- right up until the carpet designers slapped them with a Cease & Desist. Womp womp.

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  10. Cosplayers Dress Up As Carpet, Carpet Designers Are Not Pleased

    We Can't Have Nice Things

    At DragonCon last month, a couple of cosplayers decided to sidestep the usual fare of superheroes and cartoon characters in favor of dressing up as the carpet at the Marriott hotel where the con takes place. Yup, there was carpet-colored camo. That is a real thing that now exists. Naturally, other people wanted to emulate the design, but, alas, this psychedelic carpet army was not to be - because Courtisan Inc., the company that designed the original rug, issued a Cease and Desist soon after the design went up.

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