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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Today in Not Understanding Copyright: HBO Flags VLC Player in DMCA Takedown Request

    In a related story, I'm planning to sue Weather.com because it might rain today.

    Ahh, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. How often are you a source of anger and confusion for all of us! Under this well-meaning but boneheaded law, copyright holders send literally millions of takedown requests to Google every single month -- 14,855,269 URLs during the past month alone, if you're counting. Predictably, that includes plenty of totally illegitimate claims requesting the removal of content that doesn't infringe anything. Take HBO's recent request, for example, for Google to take down a URL linking not to an HBO show, but to the perfectly legal open source VLC Player program. Yes, just the level of professionalism and attention to detail we've come to expect from copyright claims on the Internet!

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  4. Cory Doctorow’s Homeland Falls Victim to Fox’s DMCA Dragnet

    Homeland is a show about a potentially turned prisoner of war starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis that's produced by Fox for Showtime. Homeland is also a book by Cory Doctorow about...well, it's complicated, but it's a sequel to Little Brother. Fox doesn't seem to care that they're two different things, though, as they're apparently issuing DMCA takedown notices for both.

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  5. Movie Studios Get Circular, Ask Google to Take Down Their Own DMCA Takedown Requests

    Let's say you're a wealthy, seafaring merchant. You suspect a pirate is sneaking up the hull of your ship to steal your hard-earned doubloons in the hold, so you cry out to the Imperial Navy to arrest the dastardly villain! But when the Imperial pirate-hunter arrives, you panic and call to the Navy to come and arrest him, too -- yeah, the guy who was supposed to arrest the first guy. Well, that's sort of what some movie studios are doing right now. NBC Universal and Lionsgate, among others, are asking Google to take down the takedown requests they themselves had requested, and Google isn't having it.

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  6. Copyright Holders Want Google to Kill Its Nonexistent Daily Limit on DMCA Takedown Requests

    Obviously, copyright holders have a right to protect their content from being pirated on the Internet, but automatic Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requests are the absolute pits when it comes to copyright law enforcement. Companies flood Google with thousands of requests a day to remove content that often in no way violates the law. Sometimes it's even the copyright holder's own content. Now anti-piracy groups RIAA and BREIN want Google to eliminate its daily limit on takedown requests, even though Google doesn't have a daily limit on takedown requests.

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  7. WordPress Takes Down Original Blog Posts After Bogus DMCA Claim by Content Thief

    Today in DMCA Being A Great Idea That Is Working Really Well news, the journal-monitoring blog Retraction Watch had 10 of its posts taken down by it's service provider, WordPress, after being on the receiving end of a meritless DMCA claim from a site that stole their content -- and then had the massive stones to claim the copyright on it, demanding that WordPress remove the offending -- and oh yeah, original -- posts from Retraction Watch. Because the DMCA is working just the way it's meant to, is why.

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  8. HBO Tells Google to Remove Links to HBO Because the DMCA is the Worst

    We never tire of these stories, because they constantly remind us all how stupid and pointless automated Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requests are. HBO has filed a request with Google demanding that they remove links to -- you guessed it -- HBO's own website, because they say they are violating their own copyrights. The request demands that links to other legitimate sites be removed as well, because again, automated DMCA takedown requests are the worst.

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  9. Studios Demand Google Take Down Their Own Sites Because DMCA Really Works For Real

    Is it time to declare that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a mess yet? Because several major studios have requested that Google take down legitimate websites featuring their own content, including their Facebook pages, and in one case a direct link to a show's page on its own network website. The requests were most likely filed automatically by bots scouring the Internet for copyright violations, but still, when you ask Google to take down your own movie from iTunes and Amazon because of copyright violations that don't exist, you look like a jerk. Or at least an idiot. Yeah, probably an idiot.

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  10. You Can Unlock Smartphones Acquired Before This Coming January, After That It’s Illegal Again [UPDATED]

    The way in which the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is enforced only shows just how silly the entire thing is. For example, the DMCA allows the Library of Congress to grant exemptions to the act, allowing folks to circumvent digital rights management schemes, for whatever reason they deem fit. If that sounds horrifyingly arbitrary, that's because it totally is. One of the actions that always seems to be up for exemption is the jailbreaking of smartphones. Thanks to a new set of exemptions, jailbreaking is totally legal, but only under ridiculously specific circumstances.

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