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Anti-piracy system launch date bumped to early 2013

Anti-piracy system launch date bumped to early 2013

We've talked over the past couple months about the impending anti-piracy system that was slated to go into effect across the US. The system is implemented by major Internet service providers, each of which will warn subscribers who engage in copyright infringing activities, ultimately punishing those who continue to do so after being warned. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy and some other unspecified factors, however, the Center for Copyright Information has been forced to extend the launch date to early 2013.

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Finnish police confiscate nine-year-olds Winnie the Pooh laptop for alleged file sharing

Finnish police confiscate nine-year-olds Winnie the Pooh laptop for alleged file sharing

I know I'm not the only one that thinks record companies and other groups have gone entirely too far in trying to protect copyrights for music and other files illegally traded on the Internet. It seems that sometimes copyright holders and authorities simply go too far for minor infractions. This is exactly what happened this week when Finnish police raided the home of a nine-year-old girl and confiscated her Winnie the Pooh laptop computer.

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Tolkien estate sues over The Lord of the Rings slot machines

Tolkien estate sues over The Lord of the Rings slot machines

If you're a fan of the movies in The Lord of the Rings franchise or the original Tolkien books you might be interested in this report. The estate of the late author has sued Warner Bros. alleging that the movie company is overstepping its rights when it comes to merchandising The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien estate is upset over virtual goods.

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Megaupload Search Warrant shows no consideration for legitimate user rights

Megaupload Search Warrant shows no consideration for legitimate user rights

As more details surface about the case against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom, the more it seems that legitimate users of the service have been ignored by the legal system. Recently, an entrepreneur named Kyle Goodwin asked courts to return his files to him. As part of his request to have his data returned, Goodwin's attorney filed a motion to have search warrants issued against Megaupload released.

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Youku Tudou pens 5-year deal with Sony

Youku Tudou pens 5-year deal with Sony

China's biggest Internet TV company just penned a 5-year agreement with Sony. In doing so, the Chinese company will now provide over 300 Sony titles via the Youku Premium platform. Youku Tudou also has deals with DreamWorks, Paramount, WB, Twentieth Century Fox, NBC Broadcasting, Lionsgate, and Disney.

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Twitter copyright policy change promises “transparency” through censorship

Twitter copyright policy change promises “transparency” through censorship

Twitter has prompted user confusion by implementing a new copyright policy that censors contentious tweets rather than deleting them altogether, a shift that the microblogging service argues is more transparent. According to Twitter's legal policy chief, Jeremy Kessel, the change offers "more transparency by processing copyright reports by withholding Tweets, not removing," though some users have still criticized the approach for  potentially censoring first and investigating second.

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Copyright Alert System rolling out this fall

Copyright Alert System rolling out this fall

The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) will officially begin cracking down on illegal downloading and other various acts of online piracy by rolling out its Copyright Alert System (CAS) sometime in the next few weeks. The CAS will be used to deliver copyright infringement notices to internet service providers from content owners who detect users that are illegally downloading copyrighted material.

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Google vs American Publishers suit settles with digital goodness

Google vs American Publishers suit settles with digital goodness

After a court battle that's lasted just a couple weeks short of 7 years, Google and the Association of American Publishers are now announcing a settlement that will put their book-battle to rest. The situation was, back in 2005 that is, that Google was scanning books galore into their Google Library Project for sharing with the world - and five members of the AAP were not happy with that. The settlement that's been reached has cash amounts unannounced - and they'll likely remain unannounced as it's been done out of court - and the publishers now have the rights to take or leave their works in Google's care.

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iPhone 5 Pandora rival still possible as Sony sets snag

iPhone 5 Pandora rival still possible as Sony sets snag

A lovely bit of news mixed with a bit of a downer for the first owners of the iPhone 5 has come down today from the NYPost where they've got an inside track on deals between Apple and Sony/ATV for streaming music rights. It appears that though Apple had been working on a competitor for the most popular streaming music radio app Pandora, but ran into a last-minute snag in negotiations with Sony/ATV. The Sony/ATV group is the world's largest music publisher and is currently in the process of buying EMI Music Publishing, this eventually placing them in control of 2 million copyrights that span the globe.

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Google’s new search policy leaves free Internet advocates worried

Google’s new search policy leaves free Internet advocates worried

Yesterday, Google announced that it will begin using copyright takedown notices to influence where sites show up in search results. The general idea behind it is that if a site has a lot of takedown notices (made under DMCA), it risks being demoted in search rankings. Obviously, this new decision has won the hearts of copyright advocates like the MPAA and the RIAA, but it's making those who would keep the Internet free and open a little uneasy.

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