CNET :: Joel Tenenbaum, handed a $675,000 penalty for illegally downloading and distributing 31 songs, looks on as court upholds the size of the damages fee. The fee had been lowered once; then reinstated.
A report by Elinor Mills, news.cnet.com
New York Times :: Before writing this column on recent incidents of plagiarism and fabrication, I spent time on the Web reading all known thought on the subject, making notes as I went. When I wrote it up, I used those notes to help create something I am now claiming as my own. Yes, I made phone calls to relevant experts and did historical research, but in the main — columnists are in part human aggregators — everything written here reflects something that came before it.
So does that make me a thief, or a journalist?
A report by David Carr, www.nytimes.com
TorrentFreak :: The Hollywood-backed Federation Against Copyright Theft was the driving force behind the four-year jail sentence handed down to former SurfTheChannel owner Anton Vickerman yesterday. The organization conducts its own investigations and then hands its findings to police and other authorities, but just how much can they discover about targets such as Vickerman? Internal FACT documents obtained by TorrentFreak show the anti-piracy group go to scary lengths to delve deep into people’s private lives.
A report by enigmax, torrentfreak.com
FilmOn's online service BarryDriller.com has just been launched. The new service is a competitor to Aereo, and streams movies and live TV in HD quality in Europe as well. Alki David is FilmOn's CEO. Fox filed a lawsuit on Friday and claims the site violates its copyrights and trademarks by streaming its KTTV-DT LA signal without permission, as Carl Marcucci, RBR.com reports.
Deadline :: Digital entrepreneur Alki David has a characteristically tough sounding response to the suit against his BarryDriller streaming video service that Fox filed yesterday at U.S. District Court in California.
Interview with Alki David and report by David Lieberman, www.deadline.com
Further details by Carl Marcucci, rbr.com
Search Engine Land :: Google has announced that it will soon penalize sites that are repeatedly accused of copyright infringement. But one site in particular doesn’t need to worry: Google’s own YouTube. It has a unique immunity against the forthcoming penalty.
YouTube special treatment - A report by Danny Sullivan, searchengineland.com
Search Engine Land :: Has someone filed a large number of DMCA “takedown” requests against your site? If so, look out. That’s the latest penalty that may cause you to rank lower in Google’s search results. It joins other penalties such as “Panda” and “Penguin.” We’re dubbing it the “Emanuel Update” in honor of Hollywood mogul Ari Emanuel, who helped prompt it.
Emanuel Update explained - A report by Danny Sullivan, searchengineland.com
If you like to understand which sites will be affected, visit Google's Transparency Report to browse the list of copyright removal requests, specified domains here:
Social Science Research Network | SSRN :: (Abstract) This study explores the problems that journalists face in employing the doctrine of fair use under copyright in their work. Journalists are key actors in the public sphere, because they create and circulate information for public knowledge and deliberation on public affairs, and shape knowledge and therefore expectations about the wider culture.
[Authors of the study:] To the extent that journalists inhibit their own performance because of copyright concerns, they limit their ability to perform that public sphere function.
HT: Andrew Beaujon, Poynter: Study: Journalists’ lousy understanding of fair use leads to self-censorship
Inside Search :: We aim to provide a great experience for our users and have developed over 200 signals to ensure our search algorithms deliver the best possible results.
Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site.
Announcement by Amit Singhal, insidesearch.blogspot.de
HT: Liz Gannes, AllThingsD: "In Self-Imposed Alternative to SOPA, Google Will Ding Repeat Copyright Offenders in Search Results"
GigaOM :: Thought BitTorrent was just about illegally downloading recent Hollywood blockbusters? Think again: Now you can legally torrent more than one million movies, live concert recordings, radio shows and books, thanks to a partnership of the Internet Archive and BitTorrent Inc.
A report by Janko Roettgers, gigaom.com
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