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by mike masnick

Okay, let's get this out of the way first: as you'll quickly see, there is no way to write this post without someone accusing us of being hypocritical -- so we're going to just get it out of the way upfront and note that that's absolutely true, as the...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 24, 2014
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This isn't a huge surprise, given Judge Alison Nathan's recent comments during the Aereo hearing, but Judge Nathan has now basically granted the networks what they want -- a pretty broad injunction (pdf) against Aereo. Judge Nathan doesn't buy the "okay,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Earlier this week, we wrote about how John Oliver had not only "solved" the problem of the Supreme Court not allowing cameras in the court (but releasing audio tape) by setting up a fake Supreme Court with dogs, but had also made the raw footage available...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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For this week's awesome stuff post on interesting crowdfunding projects, we'll take a look at three separate projects that take the classic idea of a skateboard, and try to do something... different with them. The Chargeboard Lots of people complain...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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As you may have heard, an apparently mentally unstable guy shot up the Canadian Parliament earlier this week, killing a soldier, before being shot dead himself. The attack certainly raises some questions -- about dealing with mental health, about security...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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We've written a number of times about the strong, principled stand of Australian ISP iiNet for the rights of its consumers. iiNet was the ISP that was handpicked by Hollywood and the US State Departmenet to be the target of a "test" legal attack, trying...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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The whole DRM for ebooks effort is still pretty braindead all around. It's amazing to me that everyone hasn't realized what the music industry figured out years ago (after many earlier years of kicking and screaming): DRM doesn't help the creators or...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 24, 2014
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For the past few months, I'd been pitched a few times from people (often somehow, if in murky ways, connected to the broadband industry) arguing that all those stories about how the US is far behind in broadband is untrue if you just looked at certain...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 24, 2014
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If you thought the Roca Labs story couldn't get any more bizarre, well, then you haven't been paying much attention, because no matter how bizarre the story was the last time you looked, it seems to get even more bizarre with the next step. We've already...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Not this again. For years, we were perplexed by the war on mod chips, which could be used to allow people to play pirated games, but also had plenty of legitimate uses as well, especially for developers and hackers. The same was true of the war on smart...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 24, 2014
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We've written plenty about the City of London Police and its Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), which despite an official jurisdiction covering a square mile of London, has made it clear that it considers itself Hollywood's private police...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Remember earlier this year when German newspaper publishers, led by rights management firm VG Media, demanded Google pay them a massive amount of money (11% of all ad revenue on any page linking to their works) for having the gall to send those publishers...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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With the UN declaring mass surveillance a violation of human rights, the proper thing for the world's biggest intelligence agencies -- who regularly engage in mass surveillance -- to do, might be to cut back on the practice and go back to targeted surveillance...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A few years ago, we released our Sky is Rising report, looking at the state of the global entertainment industry, in which we found that, contrary to the story of gloom and doom that was being spread by some special interests, the real story was quite...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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