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Mega search engine listings appear as files get the axe

Mega search engine listings appear as files get the axe

Kim Dotcom's Mega is off to a high-profile start, but today we're hearing of seemingly inevitable copyright woes for the site. Mega has only been officially up and running for 11 days, but according to ComputerWorld, the website has already received 150 copyright warnings for 250 files. Since Mega lacks a search function and requires users to share links in order to share content (which is encrypted when uploaded), how are these copyright holders finding their content on Mega?

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Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter released its second transparency report, and this one focuses on the second half of 2012, while the first report focused on the first half. The report highlights the number of information requests, government removal requests, and copyright takedown notices that Twitter received throughout the year. In total, the social media service received 1,858 information requests, 46 removal requests by the government, and a whopping 6,646 copyright takedown notices.

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Movie studios’ automated takedown requests target legitimate links

Movie studios’ automated takedown requests target legitimate links

In what may end up becoming a legendary moment of public embarrassment, several movie studios have issued DMCA takedown notices to Google for legitimate content, including official Facebook pages, Wikipedia entries, and legal copies of their own movies. This is the by-product of automated takedown requests submitted on behalf of the studios by YesItIs.org, which has since gone offline, indicating that perhaps the issue isn't as straight-forward as it seems.

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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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