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Netflix Won't Crack Down On Aussie VPN Users

Netflix’s geoblocking crackdown is “doomed to fail”. That’s the word from Adam Turner at the SMH, who says that the streaming giant would be mad to even make a serious effort to restrict its users to only the region they signed up in or are currently located within geographically.


The US Copyright Office Wants You To Explain Why The DMCA Is So Bad

The DMCA takedown and counter-takedown procedures has been a mess for a while now. And it didn’t look like anyone who could fix it cared to. Which made it a surprise when the US Copyright Office asked for public comment on the issue on New Year’s Eve. That includes Australians.


David Lowery Filed A $150 Million Lawsuit Against Spotify

Songwriter, musician, and dedicated music copyright activist David Lowery has retained a law firm and filed an ambitious class action lawsuit against Spotify. He’s suing on behalf of all the artists — which could be literally any number of artists — that he claims Spotify is stiffing.


Proposed Australian Copyright Law Changes Still Don't Cover Fair Use

The Department of Communications have released a draft of proposed amendments to the Copyright Act, however Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) says it doesn’t do enough to address digital content and fair use.


A Pirate Bay Founder Built A Machine That Copies 100 MP3s Every Second

What do you do when you face millions dollars in fines for committing a crime that didn’t necessarily hurt anyone? (Though it does hurt an industry.) If you’re Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde, you make an art project that highlights how ridiculous those fines seem.


YouTube Is Putting Its Money Where Its Mouth Is On Fair Use

YouTube announced today that it’s going to cover the legal costs of copyright lawsuits facing a few videos that they believe are strong examples of fair use. This is one of those situations where good PR and good work actually coincide.


Is The EU Really Making Some Hyperlinks Illegal?

You may have read that the European Commission intends to prevent hyperlinks to copyrighted material. The good news is that this isn’t true, but the bad news is that there is a real proposal to change copyright law that could change how we use hyperlinks — the bedrock of the world wide web.


Why Hollywood Protects Its Sign So Fiercely

Video: Trademark law can be a tricky thing, but people normally have a good idea when they’re illegally using a likeness. Wait, you do know that filming the Hollywood sign without permission can get you sued, right?


The New DMCA Rules Don't Go Far Enough

Decrypting copyrighted materials is, according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, an illegal act. This week, the US Library of Congress issued a set of exemptions to the DMCA’s decryption ban, which many outlets, including Gizmodo, hailed as “victories” and “big wins.” They’re not. At best, the new rules allow people to do things they legally had the right to do all along.


The US Library Of Congress's New DRM Rules Are A Victory For Digital Freedom

Copyright law (and therefore DRM, the software companies can use to lock down their products) in the US is controlled by the Library of Congress. Every three years, the Librarian makes decisions on certain critical exemptions. This time around, it looks like they have got things right.


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