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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.

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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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It's A Bad Day For Copyright Trolls

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Hey, remember when <a href="http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2011/06/p2p-lawsuits-somehow-become-sleazier/">we talked about</a> how the only profitable copyright lawsuits these days were <a href="http://www.uproxx.com/webculture/2011/07/adult-film-producers-might-sue-you-for-downloading-their-wank-flicks/">porn lawsuits</a>, because most people didn't want to go through the embarrassment of admitting in public that they downloaded a dirty movie.

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Lady Gaga Kicked Off Of YouTube For Copyright Violations

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(UPDATE: Gaga's account appears to have been restored.

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Copyright Trolling Reaches A New Low

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Hey, remember when we told you about how movie torrenting lawsuits <a href="http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2011/06/p2p-lawsuits-somehow-become-sleazier/">had essentially turned into large corporations and law firms blackmailing private citizens</a>.

#COSPLAY

The Constitution Protects Tourist-Begging Superheroes, Apparently

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If you've ever walked down Hollywood Boulevard, you've probably seen panhandlers dressed up as Superman, Jack Sparrow or Pikachu asking for money to pose with them.

#NETFLIX

Blockbuster's Bankrupt. Will Netflix Drop The Ball?

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Blockbuster have finally set into motion "pre-arranged" Chapter 11 proceedings.

#Star Wars

BRITISH COURT RULES STORMTROOPERS ARE PUBLIC DOMAIN

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In 1976, Andrew Ainsworth, an industrial designer, was hired to make fifty Stormtrooper helmets (£20 each) for Star Wars.


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