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by mike masnick

The NY Times has an interesting profile of "Fusion" -- the briefly high-profile project that was a combined offspring of Disney and Univision. Fusion got some attention last year for scooping up a bunch of high-profile journalists (including a few that...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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The Obama administration made a really dangerous and ignorant argument to the Supreme Court yesterday, which could have an insanely damaging impact on innovation -- and it appears to be because Solicitor General Donald Verrilli (yes, the MPAA's old top...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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A few years ago, Canada's Supreme Court made it clear that "fair dealing" should be applied broadly, especially in educational settings. Fair dealing, of course, is similar to fair use -- and, in the US, in theory, educational uses are also supposed...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Earlier this year, we wrote about the psychological games that surveillance state defenders play -- both on themselves and the public -- to continually ratchet up programs that show no evidence of working. In it, we pointed to a great post by the ACLU's...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Yesterday, we wrote about appropriation artist Richard Prince and his slightly bizarre exhibit of other people's Instagram photos, with just the addition of a nonsensical Richard Prince comment -- and then selling them for $90,000 a pop. As we noted,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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The old joke goes "George Orwell's 1984 was a warning, not a 'how to' manual." But that joke is increasingly less funny as the UK really seems to be doing everything it can to put in place Orwell's fictitious vision -- just a few decades later. Right...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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There are lots of apps out there for parents spying on their kids computer/smartphone activities -- with the marketing pitch often being about how this will help "keep them safe" or some other such thing. mSpy is one of those companies, advertising right...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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With all the talk about Prenda and its copyright trolling practices, it's long been clear that the real king of copyright trolling in the US is Malibu Media -- better known as xArt -- and its legal team led by Keith Lipscomb (and we'll leave aside the...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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A month ago, the EU brought down the antitrust hammer on Google -- with somewhat suspicious timing. As we noted, the move by EU regulators to claim that Google violated antitrust laws came the very same day that the EU's digital commissioner, Gunther...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Well, this is unfortunate. Last fall, we wrote about yet another patent case being heard by the Supreme Court. This one (Commil v. Cisco) involved the question of whether or not a company could be found liable for "inducing infringement" when it believed...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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For the last few years, we've been covering a long (now complete) saga concerning the status of the copyright on Sherlock Holmes. A few years ago, we wrote about the odd state of the copyright according to the Conan Doyle Estate -- which insisted that...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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