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YouTube-Rippers Infringe Copyright on “Industrial Scale” Says Judge

Following an application by several music industry labels and groups, a judge in Australia ordered local ISPs to block four hugely popular YouTube-ripping sites. The judgement, published this week, contains the judge’s reasoning. Detailing the rights of uploaders and of making copyrighted content available to the public without permission, the document makes for interesting reading. […]

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RapidVideo Blocks Pirate Sites Over Copyright Concerns

Popular file-hosting site RapidVideo has often been characterized as a piracy haven, something its operator fiercely denies. In line with this stance, the site has now started to ban visitors from what it sees as real pirate sites. To avoid liability and as preparation for Europe’s stricter copyright legislation, its operator says. RapidVideo is a […]

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Canadian Parliamentary Report Proposes Tough Copyright Measures

The Canadian Government is currently exploring if and how the current Copyright Act should be amended to better fit the present landscape. To this end, Canada’s Heritage Committee organized several hearings on remuneration models for artists, where it received input from various stakeholders. The outcome provides input for the Committee on Industry, Science and Technology’s broader review, which […]

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New “Small Claims” Bill Welcomed by Rightsholders, Feared by Copyright Troll Fighters

A new bill introduced in the U.S. House and Senate this week, proposes to establish a copyright board to address “small claims.” Various copyright holders applaud the proposal, stating that this will allow smaller creators to protect their rights without the need for expensive lawsuits. However, digital rights activists and attorneys fear that the CASE […]

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YouTube “Very Concerned” About Article 13, Mulls Copyright Claim Tweaks

Following the historic passing of the new EU Copyright Directive, YouTube is now looking to the future. While expressing concern surrounding unintended consequences, the company is urging supporters not to give up the fight. Meanwhile, YouTube says it’s also looking into the small and incidental use of copyrighted content that can trigger annoying manual claims […]