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Megaupload case stalls as evidence seize & share judged illegal

Megaupload case stalls as evidence seize & share judged illegal

The massive US copyright infringement case against Megaupload founder Kim DotCom has found itself in choppy waters, after courts found search warrants used to seize data were invalid. In addition to New Zealand police acting without due process in their evidence collection, the New Zealand Herald reports, Justice Helen Winkelmann also decided that the FBI's cloning of the confiscated hard-drives was invalid, as DotCom had not given his own consent to the process.

Steve Wozniak supports Kim Dotcom in MegaUpload case

Steve Wozniak supports Kim Dotcom in MegaUpload case

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is backing MegaUpload’s Kim Dotcom and bashing the US piracy case against him for alleged copyright infringement charges. While Dotcom still has yet to be extradited from New Zealand, his assets have been seized by US officials and they’re trying to keep him from paying for a legal defense with his funds.

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Wikipedia founder blasts “moguls of Hollywood” over copyright extradition

Wikipedia founder blasts “moguls of Hollywood” over copyright extradition

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has joined a high-profile campaign protesting against copyright law, branding US attempts to extradite a UK student accused of infringement "censorship." Wales began a Change.org petition calling for the UK Home Secretary to step in and prevent the extradition, which he describes as America "trying to prosecute a UK citizen for an alleged crime which took place on UK soil."

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The Pirate Bay blocked by Be Broadband

The Pirate Bay blocked by Be Broadband

The Pirate Bay has seen another broadband provider slam down the shutters, with BeBroadband confirming it has blocked UK access to the controversial torrent search site. The move follows rival ISP Virgin Media preventing its subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay in early May, following an April court ruling that five of the largest providers must block the site after complaints that it enabled and promoted content piracy. Unsurprisingly, BE's decision has been met with no small amount of dismay.

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Google scores victory: judge rules APIs not copyrightable

Google scores victory: judge rules APIs not copyrightable

Last week the jury in the Google vs Oracle trial ruled that Google did not infringe any of Oracle’s patents, and more news has now come out of the case. The judge has ruled that APIs are not copyrightable, marking the first time a court has addressed this specific issue. The judge decided that as long as the underlying code that is written is different, “anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the same function or specification of any methods used in the Java API.”

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Cost to pre-screen YouTube videos estimated at $37 billion yearly

Cost to pre-screen YouTube videos estimated at $37 billion yearly

I think it would be pretty safe to say that most in Hollywood don't like YouTube. Hollywood movie studios have long scorned YouTube as a place where studio content is pirated and copyrights are broken. The system in place today allows copyright holders to file complaints with YouTube, and YouTube will pull the videos down (often with little or no investigation).

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New Zealand Court asks US for all Megaupload evidence

New Zealand Court asks US for all Megaupload evidence

It has been a while since we've heard anything in the case against Megaupload and its managers brought by the United States. The US has been trying to extradite Megaupload owner Kim Dotcom and other managers to stand trial over alleged copyright infringement among other things. Dotcom and the other Megaupload principles are still in New Zealand and have yet to be extradited.

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Google adds copyright removals to Transparency Report

Google adds copyright removals to Transparency Report

Google launched its Transparency Report two years ago in order to show the world exactly what data was being collected and what was available on its various services. One of the first features was the ability to view government takedown requests, and another was traffic patterns across Google’s products. Now the search company has added a new copyright section to the Transparency Report.

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Oracle-Google jury mulls patent claims

Oracle-Google jury mulls patent claims

The case of Oracle against Google is going into its second phase of deliberations with the jury now mulling over the verdict for Oracle's patent claims. The jury has already given a partial verdict on the copyright allegations last week. The third and final phase after patents will be a verdict on damages.

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Marvel’s Avengers cast doubt on movie piracy fears

Marvel’s Avengers cast doubt on movie piracy fears

In case you hadn't heard, The Avengers crushed box office records this weekend to take home more than $200 million domestic for Disney and Marvel Comics. But if you're not part of the Internet's seedy underbelly, you probably didn't know that a pirated version of the superhero team-up movie appeared on BitTorrent networks a full week before the May 4th release. Even with a massive amount of illegal downloading, The Avengers assembled to crush the popular wisdom of piracy opponents.

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