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Amazon aims to stop counterfeit products with “Operation Fulfilled Action”

Amazon aims to stop counterfeit products with “Operation Fulfilled Action”

Amazon announced today that it was working with the United States government's National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) to launch a joint operation to stop counterfeit goods from entering the United States. The mission also hopes to protect United States consumers from thieves selling counterfeit goods in the United States.

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Twitch apologizes for poor handling of DMCA takedown claims

Twitch apologizes for poor handling of DMCA takedown claims

Twitch originally started as a place for gamers to stream their adventures and misadventures to a captive audience. It has long since outgrown that singular purpose, however, as it expanded to cover art streams, instructional videos, and a lot more. Often, these streams would play music in the background, unaware that they might be infringing on someone's copyright. That's what DMCA notices are for and Twitch is now explaining the rather ugly situation that faced its creators and streamers these past months thanks to a massive influx of copyright infringement claims.

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Massachusetts overwhelmingly approves the Right to Repair Law for vehicles

Massachusetts overwhelmingly approves the Right to Repair Law for vehicles

Over the last several years, many consumers have been angered to find that according to manufacturers of devices ranging from smartphones to vehicles, the owner has very little right to repair their property. In Massachusetts, voters have overwhelmingly approved a ballot item known as Question 1 or the Right to Prepare Law Vehicle Data Access Requirement Initiative. It passed this week, with 74.8 percent of Massachusetts voters approving it.

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PS5 custom faceplate maker cancels orders after Sony legal threats

PS5 custom faceplate maker cancels orders after Sony legal threats

The PlayStation 5's unconventional design has proven to be quite divisive. While it is quite the sight to behold, sometimes being likened to a trophy, its enormous size and default vertical orientation may have turned off a few PlayStation fans. And, as always, the console will come only in one default color that opens the door for a third-party customization market. That, however, might not be possible if Sony sets its legal hounds on such attempts as it did with a company that tried to make customized faceplates for the upcoming PS5.

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Why you don’t actually own any Amazon Prime Video content

Why you don’t actually own any Amazon Prime Video content

A legal case filed earlier this year came to a head in October, solidifying Amazon's claims. The case saw Amazon Prime Video user Amanda Caudel sue the streaming content provider for "unfair competition and false advertising" because Prime Video purchase access can be revoked at any time. Amazon argued that their User Agreement makes clear that an Amazon Prime Video purchase isn't the same as ownership.

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Google hit with US Justice Department antitrust lawsuit over search

Google hit with US Justice Department antitrust lawsuit over search

Google has been sued by the US Justice Department, over allegations of antitrust behaviors including monopolizing search and anticompetitive advertising behaviors. The lawsuit, announced today, follows a year-long investigation by the DoJ, and even longer controversy about Google's heft in the online space.

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Google might be forced to sell Chrome off if US government has its way

Google might be forced to sell Chrome off if US government has its way

The US government is preparing to make its case in courts over Google's alleged anti-competitive practices, particularly on the Internet. While it may already have its arguments prepared, the Justice Department may still be considering what steps it will require Google to take, presuming it wins its case. One of those may be to split up the company, which is already just a subsidiary of the bigger Alphabet, which includes selling off the most-used web browser in the market, Chrome.

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Fortnite isn’t coming back to Apple mobile devices any time soon

Fortnite isn’t coming back to Apple mobile devices any time soon

The latest update from the Epic Games lawsuit against Apple has confirmed what many mobile players had worried about: Fortnite will be absent from iPhones and iPads for many months, forcing these players to switch to Android, consoles, or PC to get back into the action. Epic recently asked the court to 'force Apple to reinstate Fortnite to the Apple App Store,' the court docket reads, with the judge noting that, 'Epic Games bears the burden in asking for such extraordinary relief.'

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Congress calls out four Big Tech monopolies, Apple and Google respond

Congress calls out four Big Tech monopolies, Apple and Google respond

It's open season on Big Tech as the US political machinery kicks into high gear weeks ahead of the country's biggest elections yet. After nearly a year and a half of inquiries, the Democrat-led House Judiciary subcommittee released a 450-page conclusion on how four Big Tech companies indeed enjoy monopoly power and suggested sweeping changes that would change these companies forever. Unsurprisingly, these companies have denied any wrongdoing and both Apple and Google have already voiced their disapproval of the conclusions reached by Congress.

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Facebook prepares to challenge plans to breakup Instagram, WhatsApp

Facebook prepares to challenge plans to breakup Instagram, WhatsApp

It just recently made a major step in unifying its messaging systems but Facebook might soon be facing pressure to break it up again. It is no secret that the US government wants to break up Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp due to the parent company's influence in social as well as political spheres and Facebook's numerous missteps in those same areas. Of course, Facebook won't be taking it sitting down and the bottom line of its defense might boil down to "it's too hard".

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Google DOJ anti-trust lawsuit might finally hit next week

Google DOJ anti-trust lawsuit might finally hit next week

It just launched new products and services today but next week might have a different atmosphere over at Google HQ. Although it has long been accused of anti-competitive practices in many countries around the world, Google has yet to face a formal lawsuit that could truly shake and shape its search and advertising business for the future. That lawsuit might finally come next if the US Department of Justice pushes through with its alleged schedule. The bigger question, however, is whether state attorneys general will be onboard with it.

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TikTok argues user content has “no economic value at all”

TikTok argues user content has “no economic value at all”

A legal document released this week showed TikTok argue in court that "a wide swath" of the content on their platform has "no economic value at all." This was part of a request for injunction VS Donald Trump and the US government's order to stop TikTok operations in the United States. The executive order signed by Trump called upon IEEPA - which they pointed out cannot regulate or prohibit (directly or indirectly) any personal communication "which does not involve a transfer of anything of value."

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