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by mike masnick

It's been almost three years since Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in jail for leaking a bunch of State Department cables to Wikileaks in what she claims was an act of whistleblowing (though, obviously, some disagree). As we noted in the past,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, May 23, 2016
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Another day, another story of abusing trademark law to try to silence speech. Paul Levy has the story of how the city of Mesa, Arizona, has sent a ridiculous cease and desist letter to Jeremy Whittaker, who is running for city council. Apparently, his...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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We've been covering for a while the ridiculous ongoing fight about the FCC's plan to open up the set top box market to actual competition. Historically, we've always seen that when closed technologies are opened up, it generally leads to much more innovation...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Soon after the original Snowden revelations, I went around talking to a bunch of startups and startup organizers, discussing whether they'd be more willing to speak out and complain about excessive government surveillance. Some certainly did, but many...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Indie musician Will Toledo has a band (it's all him, actually) called Car Seat Headrest that just (sorta) put out its first album with a label (pretty famous indie record label) after a whole bunch of self-released albums, and lots of (well-deserved)...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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So here's a crazy and unfortunate story. On Monday evening, the NY Times posted a rather weird story suggesting that there was someone with a grudge against Gawker funding the various lawsuits against the site, including Hulk Hogan's multiple lawsuits...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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As we've been covering here at Techdirt, French regulators have been pushing Google to censor the global internet whenever it receives "right to be forgotten" requests. If you don't recall, two years ago, there was a dangerous ruling in the EU that effectively...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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Mitch Stoltz, over at EFF, has been writing about a ridiculous situation in which Sony Music has been using ContentID to take down fair use videos -- and then to ask for money to put them back up. As Stoltz notes, the videos in question are clearly fair...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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For many, many years, we've complained about the fact that research reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) are kept secret. CRS is basically a really good, non-partisan research organization that tends to do very useful and credible research,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, May 23, 2016
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At the recent Copyright Office roundtable on the DMCA, a representative from Fox was adamant about pushing for stronger punishment for sites that hosted infringing content. But she also made sure to respond to a point raised earlier about abusive takedowns....
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, May 23, 2016
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The NY Times has an op-ed piece by Jonathan Taplin, claiming that Silicon Valley hates music, that is so chock full of out and out factual errors that it's an embarrassment for the NY Times to have allowed it to be published. Is fact checking dead at...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, May 23, 2016
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Since December, we've been following the ridiculous Paramount/CBS lawsuit over a big crowdfunded Star Trek fan film called Axanar. While it is true that by raising over a million dollars on Kickstarter, and getting a professional team and actors behind...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, May 23, 2016
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