Tag: Copyright

PUBG Corp. Sues Epic Games Over 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' And 'Fortnite' Similarities: Why Just Now?

PUBG. Corp finally sued Epic Games, following the feud that started in September 2017 over similarities between 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' and 'Fortnite.' Gamers, however, are questioning the timing and validity of the copyright infringement lawsuit.

Video Games May 29, 2018

The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent, Torrentz2, Rarbg, 1337x, Kickass Torrents Users: New ISP Warning System Details Revealed

The details of the newly implemented ISP warning system for users of torrent websites in the UK have been revealed. A Sky subscriber who received an email from the ‘Get It Right’ program has shared its contents.

Apps/Software February 11, 2017

You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Rolling Stones Tell Donald Trump To Stop Using Their Music

The Rolling Stones are not pleased with Donald Trump. The band has asked the GOP frontrunner to stop using their music in his campaign rallies as he doesn’t have permission to do so.

Life & Style May 6, 2016

YouTube Revamps Content ID, Lets Creators Still Earn Money With Videos Under Copyright Dispute

YouTube's improved Content ID process aims to protect creators and rightsholders alike. In the new system, YouTube will continue to run ads on the disputed video, hold resulting revenue in separate purses, and pay appropriate parties upon resolution of dispute.

Internet May 1, 2016

Facebook Launches Video Rights Manager To Combat 'Freebooting' And Copyright Issues: Here's The Deal

Facebook is cracking down on 'Freebooting' practices, and it rolled out Video Rights Manager to protect copyrighted materials. The Rights Manager will offer flexibility to content creators who want to keep exclusivity on their clips.

Apps/Software April 13, 2016

Supreme Court Says The Batmobile Is Entitled To Copyright Protection, Throws Out Appeal

Mark Towle has lost his appeal. The Supreme Court sided with a previous ruling in favor of DC Comics who claimed he infringed on their copyright when he created and sold his own version of the Batmobile.

Movies/TV Shows March 8, 2016

Google Copyright Takedowns Have Increased About 1 Billion Percent Since 2006

Since 2006, Google has drastically increased how many sites it has taken down from its search engine results due to copyright infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.

Internet Culture March 7, 2016

YouTube Offers Up To $1 Million In Legal Protection For Some Video Creators Facing DMCA Takedowns

YouTube is ready to fight for its content creators, but only if their videos fall under the DMCA's fair usage policy. Furthermore, only a small amount of YouTubers will fall under this protection.

Internet November 20, 2015

Janet Jackson On Instagram Lockdown – Fans Who Post Videos Of Her Concert Get Account Deleted

Videos and accounts all across Instagram are being deleted—the one thing they have in common: Janet Jackson's 'Unbreakable' Tour footage. Fans are in an outrage and threatening to boycott the multi-platinum selling artist's shows over this incident.

Internet Culture October 21, 2015

Committee Looks Into Copyright Protection For JPEG Images

The JPEG Committee is considering adding greater privacy and intellectual property rights protection for the JPEG image format. Not everyone is on board with this plan.

Legal October 15, 2015

Geek Fest Gone Bad: Lawyers Demanding $4,000 From Pokemon Party Planner

A Pokemon fan sued over planning an unofficial Pokemon party in Seattle just before the Penny Arcade Expo. Pokemon Company International wants the party planner to pay $4,000 for infringement of copyright.

Society October 5, 2015

Court Rules That Batmobile Is A Copyright-Protected 'Automotive Character'

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that the Batmobile is distinctive enough as an 'automotive character' to deserve copyright protection, particularly against one specific manufacturer who sold replicas of the vehicle.

Movies/TV Shows September 23, 2015

Nintendo's Latest YouTube Copyright Crackdown Is Destroying Entire Channels

Nintendo's never been great about YouTube, and it doesn't look like that'll change anytime soon: the publisher is now cracking down on speedrun and ROM hack videos.

Geek September 10, 2015

'Super Mario Maker' YouTube Videos Being Hit WIth Copyright Claims - From Playboy

YouTube's copyright policy isn't exactly popular, and this latest mess is a good example as to why: YouTubers are being hit with copyright claims, not from Nintendo, but from...Playboy?

Geek August 31, 2015

Not A Joke But Twitter Will Delete Your 'Stolen Joke': Why? Because Copyright

If you steal a joke, the joke’s on you, as Twitter cracks down on copyright issues surrounding jokes not properly credited to original authors.

Internet July 27, 2015

Grooveshark Is Dead: Music Startup Gives In To Legal Pressure

Grooveshark chose to shut itself down over paying $736 million for distributing unlicensed songs.

Legal May 2, 2015

'Dallas Buyers Club' Producers Win Landmark Case Against ISPs In Australia

The court ruling is a huge win in the battle against illegal downloading. It's not yet known whether the ISPs intend to appeal the decision.

Legal April 7, 2015

Blurred Lines Plagiarism Costs Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke $7.4 Million

Blurred Lines no more for Marvin Gaye's estate. His heirs have won their lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for alleged plagiarism of their father's song.

Movies/TV Shows March 11, 2015

The Owners Of 'Power Rangers' Aren't Happy About That Gritty Fan-Film

The dark, gritty fan-film Power/Rangers took the web by storm, but now the owner of Power Rangers is looking to take it off the web.

Movies/TV Shows February 25, 2015

YouTube Flags Cat Purring Video For Copyright Infringement (Yes, Seriously)

A seemingly innocuous video of a cat purring, likely one of millions on YouTube, catches attention for copyright infringement. Yes, a cat was deemed guilty of purring 12 seconds of someone else's tune.

Internet February 13, 2015

Nintendo Announces 'Creators Program,' Will Finally Split Ad Revenue With YouTube Channels

Nintendo made a lot of fans upset when the company announced that it would be claiming all ad revenue on YouTube videos. That's just changed: the 'Creators Program' will now split the revenue with YouTube and Nintendo.

Geek January 29, 2015

Apple iTunes Boasts New Free Section Featuring Music, Movies and TV Shows

A collection of 40 music singles and full-length TV shows are now up for grabs under the 'Get' label on Apple iTunes. Apple's new Free on iTunes program is the latest overhaul of its digital distribution platform, but pending litigation could hinder some of its bigger plans.

Apps/Software January 26, 2015

History of The Pirate Bay: Internet Outlaw or Internet File-Sharing Freedom Fighter?

The Pirate Bay is offline, having been raided for a second time in its history. But as its history reveals, it's been adept at hurdling the threat of legal action and law enforcement activity. The service, which is now one of the largest file-sharing sites, comes from humble beginnings.

Internet December 17, 2014

U.S. Court Reconsiders Case of 'Innocence of Muslims' on YouTube

Google is set to battle it out in the appeals court over one actress demands that an anti-Muslim film be removed from YouTube. Would the court favor Google this time?

Legal December 15, 2014

Viral Facebook Copyright Notice is Hoax. What You Should Know

Declaring your copyright ownership on your Facebook status update will not change anything.

Internet Culture December 4, 2014

SAP, Oracle Shake Hands to Settle Copyright Lawsuit for $357 Million

SAP will be paying $357 million to Oracle to settle a long-running legal battle over software copyrights. The case dragged on for seven years because the two companies could not reach an agreement on how much in damages SAP should pay Oracle.

Legal November 14, 2014

Who owns monkey selfie? U.S. Copyright Office decision is out

The U.S. Copyright Office released a draft update to the rules on the ownership of creative works, showing its decision on who owns the copyright for the controversial monkey selfie.

Business Tech August 23, 2014

Monkey selfies can't be copyrighted as monkeys have no rights under copyright law

In monkey business, a British photographer who witnessed an Indonesian macaque take pictures of herself with his equipment has had no luck getting courts to grant him legal ownership of the photos. So far, these photos are considered public domain, because monkeys have no rights under copyright law.

Legal August 22, 2014

Monkey selfie makes Wikimedia go bananas

A monkey selfie has sparked a debate about copyright in relation to images taken by animals. British photographer David Slater may take his case to the courts.

Business Tech August 9, 2014

Twitch goes after copyrighted music amid Google buy out buzz

Twitch is cracking down on videos that contain copyrighted music. The move comes along with rumors that Google's YouTube may buy out Twitch.

Business Tech August 8, 2014

Sorry human photographer, monkey owns copyright to its selfie: Wikimedia

A nature photographer claims copyright to a viral monkey selfie taken from his own camera, but Wikimedia Commons is adamant about keeping the photo in the public domain.

Business Tech August 7, 2014

Can a monkey own a photograph copyright? Yes, at least according to Wikimedia

A nature photographer can't copyright images that were snapped by a monkey or any other nonhuman animal, says Wikimedia. But David Slater, a nature photographer, believes otherwise and says he facilitated the captured images and wants royalties for their use.

Arts & Culture August 7, 2014

Who really owns the rights to this monkey's selfie?

A British photographer is in a dispute with Wikimedia over whether a photo taken by a monkey with his camera legally belongs to him or, as Wikimedia insists, belongs to the public domain.

Internet Culture August 7, 2014

Monkey selfies ignite Wikimedia controversy regarding public domain use

Nature photographer continues legal battle against Wikimedia over a batch of selfies an ape took in Indonesia. Wikimedia argues the macaque was the photographer of the treasured photos and maintains its position that the images are public domain.

Society August 6, 2014

President Obama signs cell phone unlocking bill into law: What this means for you

The days when unlocking a cell phone could get Americans in trouble with the law are over, at least, until 2015, with a bill signed into law that legalizes cell phone unlocking again.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech August 2, 2014

ZeniMax lawsuit has no merit, says Oculus VR: What's the real beef between them?

Oculus VR says ZeniMax lawsuit baseless. The company says not a single line of code from them has been used.

Wearable Tech May 24, 2014

Getty Images now lets you use its photos for free without fear of being sued

Getty Images has launched a tool that will allow users to post its images for non-commercial use. Of course, there's a catch.

Internet March 6, 2014

Oracle wants to short-circuit Android with Java copyright claims

Oracle is asking the Federal Circuit to reconsider the company's earlier case against Google regarding the latter's use of APIs from the Java programming language.

Legal December 8, 2013

Oracle vs. Google copyright case heads back to court

Oracle and Google dukes it out in the court over the Java programming language copyright issue.

Legal December 7, 2013

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