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Copyright Office Jumps Into Set-Top Box Debate, Says Hollywood Should Control Your TV

Big Content will not rest until they control every aspect of your consumption experience. Welcome to digital feudalism.

Hollywood thinks that copyright holders should be able to use licensing agreements to place whatever restrictions they like on how people can access their content.

Source: Copyright Office Jumps Into Set-Top Box Debate, Says Hollywood Should Control Your TV | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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EFF is suing the US government to invalidate the DMCA’s DRM provisions

Cross your fingers; this could get messy.

EFF is suing the US government to invalidate the DMCA’s DRM provisions

Source: EFF is suing the US government to invalidate the DMCA’s DRM provisions / Boing Boing

What the heck is ancillary copyright and why do we call it the Link Tax?

This boneheaded move has the potential to go down as one of the greatest ideas born from the Great Nations of Europe. Like the colonization of Africa, the Treaty of Versailles, and electing Vladamir Putin.

What the heck is ancillary copyright anyway? And why does it matter? And why do we keep calling it the link tax? All will be revealed within.

Source: What the heck is ancillary copyright and why do we call it the Link Tax? | OpenMedia

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SoundCloud’s Automatic Content Protection System Removed a Remix of John Cage’s Silent Composition, “4’33”

How much more idiotic does copyright have to get before we do something about it? Also, best DJ name ever!

Does John Cage own the copyright for silence?

Source: SoundCloud’s Automatic Content Protection System Removed a Remix of John Cage’s Silent Composition, “4’33” | Pigeons & Planes

Librarian of Congress grants limited DRM-breaking rights for cars, games, phones, tablets, and remixers

It may not be all great news, but it is a start, a step in the right direction. Naturally, Congress could eliminate this waste of taxpayer money by simply repealing the DMCA (or, at least, Section 1201).

But there’s some good news: the rule permitting jailbreaking phones was extended to tablets, something the Copyright Office rejected three years ago. Then it said that it couldn’t tell laptops from tablets (raising two important questions: “why not allow jailbreaking on laptops”; and, “if you don’t know the difference between a laptop and a tablet, maybe you shouldn’t be regulating either of them?“) [emphasis added]. This year, thanks to EFF, it decided it could finally tell the difference.

Source: Librarian of Congress grants limited DRM-breaking rights for cars, games, phones, tablets, and remixers / Boing Boing

Content Creator Licenses Video To Sony, Sony Then Files Copyright Claim Against Rights Holder

More evidence on just how broken US Copyright and YouTube’s DMCA policies are.

For the past few years, people have been contending with more and more false copyright claims and ID matches on services such as YouTube.

Source: Sony Filed a Copyright Claim Against the Stock Video I Licensed to Them

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Google book-scanning project legal, says U.S. appeals court

Fair use wins!

A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that Google’s massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library does not violate copyright law….

Source: Google book-scanning project legal, says U.S. appeals court | Reuters

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