Copyright – Weekly Content Round-Up

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Copyright weekly content round-up.

Copyright law isn’t simple to navigate. In fact, it can be downright confusing and when it comes to researching copyright resources are limited and tough to come by. The great copyright debate is alive on the web and this week proved to be a buzzworthy bevy of copyright headlines from around the world. Here are some of our favorites.

Europe will abolish geo-blocking and other copyright restrictions

By Ernesto for TorrentFreak

The restrictions and laws attached to copyright and licensing are extremely complex and diverse especially in Europe. In fact, access to various media streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Video are often limited as result of these restrictions. Fortunately, all of that may be about to change thanks to changes posed by the EU.

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“These geo-blocking practices have been a thorn in the side of the European Commission, who now plan to abolish these restrictions altogether.

Today the EU’s governing body adopted the new Digital Single Market Strategy. One of the main pillars of the new strategy is to provide consumers and businesses with better access to digital goods and services.”

Legal threat against security researcher claims he violated lock’s copyright

By Cory Doctorow for Boing Boing

A researcher has discovered security flaws within a high-security cyberlock and in his attempt to reveal vulnerabilities he was hit with a legal threat that used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to prevent him from moving forward. This turn of events begs the question whether it’s ok to publish research findings surrounding bugs, flaws and cyber weaknesses connected to various devices, tools and services, or does that infringe upon copyright?

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“In security circles, it’s axiomatic that researchers must be free to discover and disclose flaws in the systems that we rely on, because it’s the only way to harden our vital security systems. Preventing researchers from publishing doesn’t prevent bugs from being exploited — what a white-hat hacker can discover and disclose, a black-hat hacker can independently rediscover and weaponize — but it does ensure that the customers for security are denied the information they need to evaluate the security decisions they’ve made.”

Facebook’s new video business is awash with copyright infringement and celebrities are some of the biggest offenders

By Rob Price for Business Insider

Viral videos permeate the Internet and one of the largest repositories of them happens to be Facebook. But, many users are uploading, sharing with fans and friends and monetizing them without regard to the creators. As millions of dollars are generated many of these content creators are recognizing that instances of copyright infringement are occurring right before their eyes, and without financial compensation for their works.

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“Some of the biggest celebrities on the site are lifting viral videos created by others, sharing them with their fanbases, and then earning money on the clicks those views generate on links to their own work on iTunes or elsewhere.

Even when the videos are ultimately deleted, they can rack up tens of millions of views within days — and make the thieves serious money in the process.”

Comedy gold: Watch three U.S. judges dismantle a copyright troll’s case

By Michael Hiltzik for Los Angeles Times

The legal associates of Predna Law Group cooked up a scheme involving porno-trolling. The group sent legal letters to any IP addresses that were associated with downloading and viewing of free adult films. However, they weren’t prepared for the firey and funny slapdown from the U.S. judges who were hip to their nefarious ways. A video of the proceedings is available so you can view the discussion at your leisure. Comedy begins at 59:47 point.

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“The judges seemed to take the case especially seriously because it amounted to using “our court system for illegal purposes, to extort money,” Pregerson declared. He and his colleagues seemed aware that the Prenda cases have risen to the status of courthouse legend nationwide.”

Periscope, Meerkat and the Copyright Laws

By Alexander Maxham for AndroidHeadlines

From music and books to movies and even sport venues, copyright law protects many, many things. With the advent of new technology that puts video streaming into the hands of the masses there is some concern over enforcement of copyright.

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“For the most part these live-streaming apps don’t really pose a threat to live TV or entertainment. But companies aren’t going to be happy to see them live-streaming events like #MayPac. Obviously, because they want their money.”

Have a great weekend!

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Sarah Hartshorn is a marketing, public relations and social media professional with Vuze. She blogs about content, torrents, social media and a number of other tech topics. Sarah has been involved with traditional and digital marketing since 1998.