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[News] Copyrights Abused to Make Censorship

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Shepard Fairey Challenges AP Copyright by Jonathan Hunter 

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| By all accounts, President Barack Obama’s road to the Oval Office was one 
| replete with firsts. For example, the 2008 presidential campaign marked the  
| first time many had heard of Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey. 
| Fairey’s stylized poster of Obama—which bears the Obama campaign 
| watchword, "hope"— became a symbol of Obama’s candidacy among many 
| supporters. Now that image has landed Fairey in a legal battle with the 
| Associated Press, which claims that Fairey’s poster infringes on its 
| copyright to a 2006 photograph. On Feb. 9th of this year, Fairey fired back, 
| seeking a declaratory judgment that his poster of Obama does not infringe on 
| any AP copyrights.        


Using The DMCA To Stop Patients From Rating Their Doctors

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| Of course, it does bring up a few interesting points of discussion. First, is 
| that the main purpose of using copyright here is so that the doctors can make 
| use of the DMCA's notice-and-takedown safe harbor provisions, rather than be 
| stymied by the similar (but not quite the same) CDA section 230 safe harbors 
| for things like defamation.    



Whisper campaigns exposed: pay per lie on YouTube

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| One of Australia's most popular YouTube users has admitted being paid to
| spruik Ten's new show Lie To Me surreptitiously in the latest example of
| marketers invading the popular video sharing site.


Is Yelp Manipulating User Reviews?

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| Is Yelp.com manipulating user reviews to coerce small businesses to advertise
| with the site? That's what some business owners in the San Francisco area are
| claiming, and they've taken those complaints to both the East Bay Express
| and the student-run newspaper the Daily Californian. Yelp denies these
| allegations and says its sales staff does not have the power to either move
| or delete reviews.

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