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22 Chinese authors Sue Apple over copyright

22 Chinese authors Sue Apple over copyright

Back in early January, we talked a bit about Apple facing a lawsuit over copyright infringement filed by nine different Chinese writers in Beijing. The writers alleged that Apple was selling their works on iTunes without permission. BBC News reports that now the 22 Chinese authors are suing Apple for a combined £5 million over alleged copyright infringement.

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RapidShare ordered to filter user uploads

RapidShare ordered to filter user uploads

Popular online file sharing service RapidShare has been ordered by the Higher Regional court of Hamburg to proactively filter user uploads to prevent illegal sharing of copyrighted content. The court's decision upholds three separate rulings that involved complaints brought on by music rights conglomerate GEMA and two by book publishers.

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Megaupload says a number of users are from the US government

Megaupload says a number of users are from the US government

The legal fight to extradite Kim Dotcom, the main man behind Megaupload continues to rage. Dotcom and other principles at the file storage site are facing multiple charges ranging from copyright infringement to racketeering and money laundering. As part of the legal campaign, the website was shut down leaving users with no access to files they had saved there.

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Extradition papers filed in Megaupload legal saga

Extradition papers filed in Megaupload legal saga

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has been fighting extradition from New Zealand to the United States. The US government wants to extradite Dotcom and three other associates who helped run Megaupload while it was operational. The three associates include Mathias Ortmann, Bran van der Kolk and Finn Batato.

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Broadcasters try to kill Aereo in court

Broadcasters try to kill Aereo in court

A few weeks back a new subscription TV service called Aereo was announced to help you cut your cable connection and free the shows you like to watch to go where you want to watch them. The company planned to use thousands of tiny antennas that were connected to the web to stream the OTA content. The company hopes to launch on March 14 streaming free over the air content to phones, tablets, and computers for $12 a month. The service also has cloud-based DVR that gave viewers the ability to pause shows.

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom gives first interview since arrest

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom gives first interview since arrest

If you've been following the drama centering around Megaupload, the founder of the site, Kim Dotcom, has given his first interview since he was arrested over alleged copyright infringement. Dotcom is facing a litany of charges by the FBI in the US that include copyright infringement, money laundering, and racketeering. The man still maintains that he's no piracy king, and that he will win in court. I can't help but feel a win in court is unlikely.

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Piracy goes 3D as Physibles eye your 3D printer

Piracy goes 3D as Physibles eye your 3D printer

The next copyright controversies will be over physical replicas of digitally distributed objects, it's suggested, using 3D printers and CNC machines to bypass stores and instead print off your own clothes, gadgets and other items. Although currently far-fetched, the "data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical" - dubbed Physibles by The Pirate Bay - are tipped to be the next hot online commodity, as users share files and design-owners attempt to limit access.

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Megaupload: Seven charged, Anti-piracy stance a sham say Feds

Megaupload: Seven charged, Anti-piracy stance a sham say Feds

Seven have been charged in the Megaupload copyright shutdown case, including site founder Kim "Dr. Evil" Dotcom, as more details on the $500m suit emerge. At least four of the seven have been arrested so far, the NYTimes reports, though the company's legal team has said in a statement that "Megaupload believes the government is wrong on the facts, wrong on the law." The dramatic shutdown of Megaupload and the seizure of around $50m in assets led to swift response by the hacking community, with collective Anonymous taking down the Department of Justice's site, along with the RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music.

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Wikipedia blackout a “broad global message” about SOPA/PIPA peril says Wales

Wikipedia blackout a “broad global message” about SOPA/PIPA peril says Wales

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has defended the online encyclopedia's decision to stage a global blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA this week, arguing "US law, as it impacts the internet, can affect everyone." Wales hopes the blackout - which will see the English-language version of Wikipedia replaced with an open letter encouraging US citizens to contact their Representatives and voice their concerns with the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act - will prompt even those outside of the US to contact friends and family living there and encourage them to speak up on the proposed legislation, he told the Telegraph, as "a broad global message" about censorship.

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Church of Kopimism file sharing religion recognized in Sweden

Church of Kopimism file sharing religion recognized in Sweden

Sharing is a central tenant in many faiths around the world, but somehow, I don't think this is quite what they had in mind. In Sweden, where piracy is a legitimate political affiliation, a religious group that eschews copyright in favor of freely sharing media has been officially verified by the state. According to the website of the "Church of Kopimism", the Swedish government granted their application for regiligious recognition. The Kopimists worship information, not any specific person or diety.

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