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CBS Might Have Shut Down Another Star Trek Fan Film

Following on the heels of CBS’ extremely detailed lawsuit against the fan film Axanar, we now hear that another Star Trek fan film has been told that it should probably stop. This time, it’s Star Trek: Federation Rising.


Google's Copyright Takedowns Have Grown By A Gazillion Per Cent In Ten Years

As a sizeable hoster of things and collector of links, Google receives its fair share of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices. Only, that fair share has increased by around a billion per cent since 2006.


Village Roadshow Using New Laws To Block Australian Pirate Sites

Village Roadshow will team up with Hollywood heavyweights in the Australian Federal Court to force internet service providers to block customers’ access to a website that streams copyrighted movies and TV shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Deadpool. This move is the first major test of Australia’s new site-blocking laws under the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 introduced in the middle of last year.


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 has released a draft of proposed amendments to the Copyright Act, but 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.


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