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[News] DMCA Shown for the Abuse Factor it is, Again

  • Subject: [News] DMCA Shown for the Abuse Factor it is, Again
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 07:59:08 +0000
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Chamber Of Commerce Sues Yes Men; Someone Just Gave Protestors A Lot More Attention

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| While we weren't sure that the EFF was 
| correct in suggesting the Yes Men's fake 
| U.S. Chamber of Commerce website was a 
| parody, we did think that it was rather 
| short-sighted of the CoC to try to takedown 
| the site, since it would only serve to give 
| the Yes Men and their anti-CoC campaign more 
| attention.


Latest Bogus DMCA Takedown Sent By NPR?

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| This is quite similar to when CBS tried to 
| stop the McCain campaign from using a 
| snippet of a broadcast in an ad. In both 
| cases it seems that the use is a clear 
| situation of fair use, with the content not 
| being used for commercial reasons (yes, we'd 
| like to believe that politics still isn't 
| commercial) and only a snippet was being 
| used.


Harry Potter themed dinner banned for 'infringing copyright'

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| A Harry Potter themed dinner at a house in 
| West London has been banned by Warner 
| Brothers, because they say it infringes its 
| copyright.



EFF Warns Texas Instruments to Stop Harassing Calculator Hobbyists

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| The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warned
| Texas Instruments (TI) today not to pursue its
| baseless legal threats against calculator
| hobbyists who blogged about potential
| modifications to the company's programmable
| graphing calculators.
| TI's calculators perform a "signature check"
| that allows only approved operating systems to
| be loaded onto the hardware. But researchers
| were able to reverse-engineer signing keys,
| allowing tinkers to install custom operating
| systems and unlock new functionality in the
| calculators' hardware. In response to this
| discovery, TI unleashed a torrent of demand
| letters claiming that the anti-circumvention
| provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright
| Act (DMCA) required the hobbyists to take down
| commentary about and links to the keys. EFF
| represents three men who received such letters.


Ralph Lauren And Its Lawyers Discover The Streisand Effect On Bogus DMCA Takedown

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| Boing Boing put up a post about it, along with the tag
| line "Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis." While
| some have questioned whether the ad is even real, one
| thing is clear: Ralph Lauren was not pleased. The
| company's lawyers at Greenberg Traurig sent DMCA takedown
| notices concerning both posts. Despite Blogger's new DMCA
| policy, Google still quickly took down the post at
| Photoshop Disasters, causing the site to ask whether or
| not Ralph Lauren or its lawyers have ever heard of the
| Streisand Effect (yay). BoingBoing's host, however,
| doesn't automatically take content down and passed along
| the info to BoingBoing, who quickly pointed out that this
| was clearly fair use (commentary, criticism, etc.) and
| the DMCA takedown wasn't being used to stop infringing
| content, but to stifle speech.


EFF: Chamber of Commerce Takes Aim at Yes Men

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| Attorneys for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
| have issued a takedown notice in an attempt
| to silence a parody website that was posted
| in support of the Yes Men's embarrassing
| prank poking fun at the Chamber's stance on
| climate change legislation.
| In a letter sent to the Chamber's attorneys
| today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation
| (EFF) demands that the baseless claims be
| withdrawn immediately.

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