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YouTube Has Nuked The Dash Cam Owners Australia Channel

YouTube’s automated — and somewhat zealous — copyright infringement system has struck again, this time close to home. Popular channel “Dash Cam Owners Australia”, responsible for the compilation videos that appear frequently on Gizmodo, has been annihilated after a large number of “bogus” claims were made against its clips.

The Official Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines Are Here And They Are Onerous

Good news: Paramount and CBS’ have created a way to ensure a fan film won’t get sued. Bad news: The way they have done that is by issuing some seriously confusing and oppressive rules about what fans can and can’t do.

15 Common English Words That You Probably Didn't Know Were Still Trademarked

The English language is a voracious eater, consuming words and digesting them into whole new things. Sometimes words that used to be trademarked by companies pass into generic use — like escalator, thermos, and aspirin. And sometimes words live in limbo: still trademarked, but used all the time as generic terms. Here are 15 of those words.

Citigroup Is Suing AT&T For Using The Word 'Thanks' Because Citi Trademarked It

Back in 2010, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted US bank Citigroup a trademark for “thankyou”, which the company uses for credit card services. Today the company is suing AT&T over its own use of the terms “thanks” and “thanks AT&T”. Check the date, because this isn’t April Fool’s.

Musicians Ask For Change To US Copyright Law To Fight YouTube Piracy

YouTube has been essential for musicians, even launching many of them to fame — but now the industry is asking for changes to a US copyright law that it says protects YouTube at the expense of musicians being fairly paid.

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.

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