SHERLOCK HOLMES

An Appeals Court Has Ruled That Most Of Sherlock Holmes Is In The Public Domain

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Wanna write your own Sherlock Holmes story? Well now you can, free of charge! (Probably!)

#video games

The Candy Crush Saga Team Drops Their Attempt To Copyright “Candy”

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Candy Crush Saga is still inexplicably popular, but it's also finally dropped the whole "lawsuit" thing. Well, sort of.

King

The Folks Behind ‘Candy Crush Saga’ Have Finally Trademarked The Word ‘Candy’

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'Candy Crush Saga' allegedly owns the rights to the word 'candy.' Luckily they already own you and your friends. Your new name is Glitter.

#Twitter

Judge Rules Newspapers Can’t Just Use Photos From Twitter As Their Own

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Today in irony, a news organization whining about people stealing their content on the Internet is in legal trouble for stealing content from the Internet.

they'll still xerox them guys

College Professors Have to Steal Books The Old-Fashioned Way (Copy Machines), Judge Rules

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If you went to college, inevitably, you got stacks of handouts photocopied straight out of a published work.

LAWSUITS

New York Judge Chews Out Copyright Trolls In Hilarious Ruling

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Before we talk about this, we want you to savor this sentence: John Doe #29’s counsel represents that his client is an octogenarian with neither the wherewithal nor the interest in using BitTorrent to download Gang Bang Virgins.

terms of service

Google Drive Is Totally Going To Take Your Stuff

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Well, at least according to the Terms of Service.

the law

File Sharing Is No Longer Necessarily Stealing, According to The Government

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Most people probably barely noticed when Sergey Aleynikov was arrested for downloading Goldman Sachs' proprietary software and sentenced to eight years in jail.

video streaming

MPAA: Embedded Videos Are Copyright Violations

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<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/1098812077_5cd805df68.jpg"></a>There are moments, glimmers, where the MPAA has a reasonable argument.

youtube

Viacom Continues To Sue YouTube, Its Best Friend

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<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/viacom_logo_20110428140133.jpg"></a>In 2007, Viacom sued YouTube for a billion dollars.

#APPLE

A Massive Copyright S***storm Is Brewing, And iTunes Is Involved

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<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/63640998_a9090d725f.jpg"></a>The Copyright Act of 1976 is a fairly obscure law to most people, but it's about to become very, very important to everyone involved.

youtube

Random Bird Chirps Copyrighted, According to YouTube

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Watch the video below, and listen closely.

the eagles

Don Henley Of The Eagles Is Not A Fan Of Frank Ocean

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When Frank Ocean's rather awesome Nostagia, Ultra came out last year, many predicted Ocean -- who self-produced the record and released it on his own via his Tumblr -- would have trouble getting copyright clearance for some of the samples used on it, making a major label re-release of the album kind of tricky.

PORN

Porn Might Not Be Able To Be Copyrighted

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We've mentioned before about how porn producers <a href="http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2011/06/p2p-lawsuits-somehow-become-sleazier/">are engaged in legally sanctioned extortion</a> and <a href="http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2012/02/copyright-troll-freaks-out-over-the-eff/">freak out whenever they have to argue a case in court</a>.

redigi

Used MP3s Get A Major Legal Boost

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<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/redigi.jpg"></a>We know, we know, we think "used" MP3s are kind of ridiculous too.

#GOOGLE

Google, Writers Back To Hating Each Other Again

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<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/istock_book-with-mouse.jpg"></a>Intellectual property arguments are almost always clusterf*cks.

warner brothers

Did Warner Brothers Break The Law With Avalanche Of DMCA Takedown Notices?

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Fun fact: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), better known as the YouTube Ruining Law, allows movie studios to issue takedown notices for media posted on the Internet.

library of congress

The Library of Congress Sort Of Lets You Violate DMCA

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The Digital Millenium Copyright Act is probably one of the most annoying laws Congress has ever passed, betraying a complete ignorance of copyright and the Internet.

extensions

European Union Extends Copyright Another Twenty Years

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Aside from banging Cher back when she was hot and tormenting us with "I've Got You, Babe," <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Bono_Copyright_Term_Extension_Act">Sonny Bono's great contribution humanity was extending copyright law by another twenty years</a>, essentially decimating the public domain and kickstarting what's shaped up to be a huge argument about intellectual property, copyright, and where the good of the public comes in.


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