How Exactly is Instagram’s Snapchat-Like Stories Feature Legal?
May21

How Exactly is Instagram’s Snapchat-Like Stories Feature Legal?

Since the recent launch of Instagram “Stories” earlier this month, much of the discussion about the new feature has revolved around its nature of being a “blatant rip-off” of Snapchat’s own Stories capability. As you may know, Snapchat introduced its “Stories” in 2013, a feature that enables users to group snapshots into one cohesive narrative that disappears after 24 hours. On Tuesday, Instagram introduced its own Stories features,...

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Photographer Sues Getty Images For $1 Billion For Claiming Copyright On Photos She Donated To The Public
May21

Photographer Sues Getty Images For $1 Billion For Claiming Copyright On Photos She Donated To The Public

Getty Images has a bit of a well-deserved reputation as a giant copyright troll, sending all kinds of nasty threat letters to people who use the images that Getty licenses. And even though it’s showed some signs of adapting to the modern internet world, it hasn’t given up on its standard trolling practices. It’s also famously bad at it, often sending absolutely ridiculous threat letters.  But it may have sent one so...

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The Personal Feud Behind the Digital Domain VFX Legal Battle
May21

The Personal Feud Behind the Digital Domain VFX Legal Battle

New details about the dispute between two Silicon Valley figures help illuminate how this legal conflict over the use of a vaunted VFX technology threatens to delay multiple Hollywood blockbusters. The fight first broke into the open at the 2014 Sci Tech Academy Awards. Digital Domain 3.0 employee Greg LaSalle and three others had just accepted a technical achievement award for their use of MOVA, a prized facial-motion-capture...

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TAYLOR SWIFT DECLARES WAR ON YOUTUBE
May20

TAYLOR SWIFT DECLARES WAR ON YOUTUBE

The pop singer, along with a group of 180 performers, is calling for the reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Taylor Swift is no stranger to speaking out against tech companies that she thinks don’t value artists by providing them royalties. In 2014, she famously pulled all of her music from Spotify and instead made it available on Apple Music. “The value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart...

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Supreme Court revives $2M fees dispute in copyright case over resold textbooks
May16

Supreme Court revives $2M fees dispute in copyright case over resold textbooks

On Thursday, the Supreme Court provided nuanced guidance to lower courts in determining whether the prevailing party in a copyright lawsuit should be awarded attorney fees. The decision by the unanimous eight-member court revives a $2 million fee dispute in one of the court’s most important copyright cases in the digital era. The issue is significant because attorneys fees play a huge role in US litigation, and they are among...

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Why you don’t need to worry about iTunes being ‘illegal’ in the UK
May16

Why you don’t need to worry about iTunes being ‘illegal’ in the UK

The UK High Court has declared illegal to make private copies of copyright works, which is basically one of the main functions of iTunes. But don’t worry, you won’t end up in handcuffs for doing it. Here we tell you why. Is iTunes – or using iTunes to rip copyrighted CDs – illegal? The UK High Court has declared it illegal to make private copies of copyright-protected works, which is basically one of the main functions of...

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