US Copyright Office Says It’s Time to Update the DMCA – Mostly in Favour of Rightsholders

The US Copyright Office has released a long-awaited, 192-page report that could give the music and movie industry an opening to fight for stricter enforcement of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Read More >>

The Internet Furry Drama Raising Big Questions About Artificial Intelligence

Much of the fun of internet drama comes from its frivolousness, but sometimes an online shitfest points to something bigger. Earlier this month, the AI-powered furry art site thisfursonadoesnotexist did just that, igniting a fandom firestorm while also highlighting an important debate about digital art. Trained on more than 55,000 images pulled (without permission) from a furry art forum, the algorithm was a simple case of art theft to some. For others, it was a chance to break out the popcorn. But legal scholars who spoke with Gizmodo said the conflict raises thorny questions about ownership in the age of AI – questions that may ultimately have to be answered in court. Read More >>

British Museum Displays Mistranslated Copyright Notice

The British Museum has made around 4m items viewable online, seeing as we may no longer mill around its cavernous halls wondering which thing to see next, and of course, someone's already found something it got a little bit wrong within this vast catalogue of looted history. Read More >>

Australia Plans to Make Google and Facebook Share Ad Revenue With Publishers

The Australian government aims to force Google and Facebook to share advertising revenue with newspaper publishers in Australia, according to the country’s top financial authority, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. The details of an ad sales sharing plan still need to be worked out, but if it’s successfully implemented, it would be the first time in the world that online tech giants would be required to pay publishers directly. Google opted to pull its Google News product out of Spain after that country demanded something similar. Read More >>

Disney Claims the Rights to a Photo of Denmark’s Little Mermaid Statue and It’s as Stupid as It Sounds

The House of Mouse is having a grouse because of a photo that has absolutely nothing to do with its Little Mermaid IP - which, incidentally, it took from a book someone else wrote that's now in the public domain. Read More >>

Someone Set Up a Weird, Fake Corporate Website to Trick Twitch Into Banning Left-Wing Streamers

Streaming giant issued 24-hour bans to some of its biggest left-wing podcasters on Tuesday night, including Chapo Trap House, radio host David Pakman, and Mychal “Trihex” Jefferson, citing Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requests over streams of the Democratic primary debate in South Carolina. Read More >>

Kingdom Come Developers Turn the Tables on Pirates With Copyright Counter-Attack

The great ideological battles over internet piracy feel like they’re long behind us, but the developers of the action RPG video game Kingdom Come: Deliverance have come up with a tactic to combat their pirate foes that has us reminiscing about the old days. Rather than throwing a fit, the developers are monetising a pirate group’s IP to create a new income stream. Read More >>

Instagram Wipes Independent Developer’s Work in the Name of Copyright Protections

Social media companies tend to take up copyright issues only when a) mitigating the pain in the arse of takedown notices and b) ensuring users keep reposting memes. Instagram, has erred cautiously on the side of supporting potential infringers for the latter reason. So, we found it curious when TorrentFreak reported that Instagram issued a DMCA takedown notice (an official copyright removal request) against Github to remove an independent developer’s tool which, Instagram claimed, could potentially enable copyright infringement of its users’ works. Essentially, Instagram is filing a copyright infringement notice against an independent developer for copyright infringement that hasn’t necessarily occurred on works that Instagram doesn’t hold the rights to. That’s very nice of Instagram to care, but how does this make sense? Read More >>

YouTube Offers a Teeny Auto-Trim Feature in Penance for Copyright Sins

YouTube promised to deal with the copyright thugs, and it’s trying, god bless its heart. The company has announced that it will be providing an 'Assisted Trim' tool for vloggers to remove the allegedly infringing content in their video with one click and automatically release a content ID claim. YouTube previously offered the option for creators to mute, trim or swap contested audio with songs from YouTube’s library and to release the claim, but this just that tiny smidge bit better by automating the trim with one, rather than a few, clicks. Massive social platforms tend not to work proactively until there’s an uproar, so we’ll take it! Read More >>

I Want That on a T-Shirt

Artists on Twitter say that their work is regularly stolen by armies of bots that generate t-shirts from popular designs – and they’ve got the receipts to prove it. Read More >>

How Memes Could Soon Cost People Over £23,000

You’re served with a notice. Apparently you’d shared some photos you didn’t own on the internet a while ago, and now someone – possibly an artist, possibly a copyright troll – can file for damages of up to $30,000 (£23,328). Scam, you think, and toss the paper. You’re served with a second paper 30 days later, but you toss that too. Read More >>

Eminem’s Publisher Sues Spotify, Says It Pretended It Didn’t Know Who Held Rights to ‘Lose Yourself’

Rapper Eminem’s publisher is suing Spotify, claiming that the music streaming giant is infringing on hundreds of his copyrights as well as “challenging the constitutionality of a recently passed music licensing law,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote on Wednesday. Read More >>

ISPs Will No Longer Be Sending Out Copyright Infringement Notices

Copyright notices being sent out from ISPs is now a thing of the past after the program was shut down by music and movie companies. Read More >>

Virgin Media Shuts Down Copyright Trolls in Court Trying to Expose Customer Data Over Porn File Sharing

An application to reveal the identities of Virgin Media users allegedly file-sharing porn has been denied, because the companies requesting the details are a bunch of copyright trolls. Read More >>

Victorian Content Pirates Scraped Charles Dickens’ Smash Stories

The mighty old words of Charles Dickens were embroiled in patter theft controversies back in the day, as a new book reveals that rip-off versions of his classics with titles like "Oliver Twiss" were created to scam readers out of their pennies or farthings or groats or whatever they used then, in a rough equivalent of today's internet keyword spamming. Read More >>