The Premier League Is Banning Goals Being Posted To Vine And Twitter

If there’s one thing better than a wonderful goal in soccer, it’s reliving it over, and over, and over, and over. Preferably in slow-mo. Ideally as a looped GIF. And almost certainly sourced from social media. But sadly, the UK’s Premier League is stamping out all such behaviour.


Wikimedia Won't Take Down This Photo, Because A Monkey Took It

Time and time again, British nature photographer David Slater has asked the editors of Wikipedia to stop using his photos without permission. Unfortunately for Slater, at least in the eyes of the Wikimedia Foundation, they’re not quite his photos — because the monkey pressed the shutter.


Australia's New Digital Content Guide Points To Your Legal Movie, TV And Gaming Download Choices

Piracy is apparently a big problem in Australia. One of the root causes for piracy is availabilty — it’s easier for anyone with a computer to illegally download files than it is to purchase them. A collaboration between Foxtel, Village Roadshow, News Corp, APRA-AMCOS and other media rights-holders in Australia wants to show you where to find the best places to quickly, easily and legitimately acquire movies, TV shows, games, music and other media.


World's Best Top Gear Forum Hit With DMCA Notice To Take Down Links To Episodes

If you’ve ever wanted to stream an episode of Top Gear, Top Gear Australia or Top Gear US online, you’ve probably swung by the FinalGear forums. As of last week, however, the website will no longer be linking to episodes of the world’s favourite car show following a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


RIAA Bullies Tiny Music Sites That Pay Fees Instead Of Make Money

We’ve known for years that the RIAA acts like a bunch of hypocritical bullies with nothing better to do than pick on the helpless. But wow. The latest report about how the lobbying organisation is now bullying small music sites that not only have zero revenue but also pay licensing fees is just pathetic.


Huge Scam Sends 30,000 Fake Copyright Notices Containing Trojans

TorrentFreak reports that in recent days some 30,000 fake copyright infringement notices demanding cash settlements have been circulating in Germany. In addition to defrauding unwitting folks out of cash, the notices also come bundled with malicious software designed to steal personal info.


Piracy Is Bad: Australian Animation Studio Boss Wants To Educate Kids

The CEO of Australian animation production company Animal Logic wants to teach children that illegal movie downloading is no different to shoplifting, saying that by the time they’re in high school it’s too late to change their attitudes towards copyright infringement.


So Long, Open Web: Mozilla Accepts Closed Source DRM And We All Lose

It’s official: the last holdout for the open web has fallen. Flanked on all sides by Google, Microsoft, Opera, and (it appears) Safari’s support and promotion of the EME DRM-in-HTML standard, Mozilla is giving in to pressure from Hollywood, Netflix, et al, and will be implementing its own third-party version of DRM. It will be rolled out in Desktop Firefox later this year.


How DRM Harms Our Computer Security

DRM and the laws that back it up actively undermine our computer security. On this Day Against DRM, the first one since we learned about the US government’s efforts to sabotage the integrity of our cryptography and security technology, it’s more important than ever to consider how the unintended consequences of copyright enforcement make us all less safe.


Stop The Pirates: Behind George Brandis' Copyright Campaign

Copyright has been firmly back on the agenda in recent months. We’ve seen the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) release its report on copyright which recommended that Australia adopt a “fair use” exception to copyright infringement. Yet we’ve also seen the Attorney General, George Brandis, get more exercised about copyright piracy, and pledge to do something to address it. But why?


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