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  1. Director of Power Rangers Gritty Reboot Fan Film Being ‘Harassed’ by Saban, Copyright Claim Made to Vimeo

    It's legislatin' time!

    Yesterday the Internet was delighted and/or horrified by the release of Power/Rangers, a fan film from director Joseph Kahn featuring James Van Der Beek, Power Rangers, and Katee Sackhoff. But apparently Haim Saban, owner of the rights to the franchise and joint-producer of the upcoming Lionsgate Power Rangers film, was less than enthused by all of that free advertising.

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  2. [UPDATED] Randy Queen Pulls Defamation Threats, Apologizes to Escher Girls Blog Admin

    Hooray!

    Yesterday we told you about how Escher Girls, a tumblr dedicated to scrutinizing the inaccurate female anatomy that's become industry standard in comics, was facing legal threats from an artist upset with his work being featured. Today the blog's admin, Ami Angelwings, has heard from that artist yet again, and it seems like the matter is going to work out in her favor.

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  3. Unrealistic Female Anatomy Tumblr “Escher Girls” Currently Facing Harassment From DMCA-Abusing Comic Artist

    Someone's about to learn about the Streisand Effect.

    If you're a comics loving feminist on the Internet, then you probably have a passing familiarity with Escher Girls and the sometimes snarky, oftentimes insightful work they do. If you're a comic book artist who doesn't understand the difference between defamation and constructive criticism (or copyright infringement and fair use, for that matter), Escher Girls is the bane of your existence. And, unfortunately, now the site is facing unfounded legal action from one particularly upset artist.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. (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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Photographer Claims Heroes of Cosplay Used Photos Without Permission, Blamed Cosplayers

    the internet is serious business

    Syfy's Heroes of Cosplay hasn't been winning over many hearts and minds, so far as I can tell, having never watched the show and having a limited window into the cosplay community itself. But now one photographer is trying to get the company to admit that they used his photos without permission and against copyright law.

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  15. Microsoft Keeps Accidentally Sending Copyright Takedown Requests to Sites that Host Open Office

    Dammit, Microsoft, stop being the schoolyard bully of the Internet.

    You know how totally innocent companies and software keeps getting accused of violating another bigger company's copyright? Like, all the time? Well it's happened again, and this time the culprit is Microsoft, who seem to think that their open source competitor Apache Open Office has stolen from them somehow.

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  16. Lawsuit Attempts to Drag “Happy Birthday” Kicking and Screaming Into Public Domain

    That song it totally doesn't seem like anyone should have a copyright on? Turns out, the company claiming to hold that copyright might not.

    For decades, the charming ditty "Happy Birthday" -- a fixture of birthday parties from Chuck E. Cheese to the local tavern -- has existed under a dubious copyright by Warner Music, bringing in huge licensing fees for the company every year. Now, though, a documentary production company working on a film about "Happy Birthday" is suing Warner, alleging that the song is part of the public domain and the company's claims to its copyright are invalid. If this works out, it could spell the end of characters on TV shows awkwardly doing everything but the one thing that is invariably done at every birthday party ever -- sing "Happy Birthday."

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  17. Hypocrisy-Off: Anti-Piracy Group Steals From Pirate Bay, Pirate Bay Files Copyright Lawsuit

    The Pirate Bay has, let's say, pretty liberal views on copyright laws, though they kind of have to, considering they're entire raison d'être is letting people share files illegally. hat means they're not the kind of people who would usually raise a stink over anyone copying something from them, but that hasn't stopped them from filing a suit against an anti-piracy organization they say copied files on which their site is built. Don't worry. They acknowledge the irony of the situation.

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  18. It Looks Like Glee Did A Jonathan Coulton Song Without Request or Credit

    it's time to play the music

    Though the story is still developing, there isn't really another way to put this: it looks an awful lot like one of the songs Glee is planning to include in its soon-to-be-returning fourth season is a soft-rock cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back." In fact, it's a very specific soft rock cover of "Baby Got Back." Nerd singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton's cover. Which wouldn't otherwise be a problem, except that Coulton himself was never actually contacted or asked about whether it could be used.

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  19. Buffy vs. Edward Fan Mashup Wins Copyright Struggle With Lionsgate, Gets Back Online

    We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

    In 2009 Jonathan McIntosh made a six minute long video by splicing together clips from Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and just a tiny, tiny bit of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), where Edward Cullen finds his vampire instincts turning his affections towards Buffy Summers, and he bites off quite a bit more than his fangs can properly chew. At the time, Summit Entertainment had better things to do than shut down cleverly made internet videos with millions of views and a Webby nomination, but everything changed when the Fire Nation - No, I mean. Everything changed when Summit Entertainment, and therefore The Twilight Saga was acquired by Lionsgate a year ago.

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  20. Republican Staffer Behind That Amazing Copyright Reform Memo Basically Fired

    The Republican Study Committee released, and quickly retracted, a rather fantastic copyright reform memo last month. Though the political group apparently wants to forget the report ever happened, advocates of copyright reform across the Internet have latched onto it as a symbol of sanity in an otherwise crazy world. The staffer behind the memo, Derek Khanna, received a lot of praise from outsiders, but those within the Republican party apparently didn't think so highly of him. When Congress comes back in January, he'll be out of a job.

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