Tag Archive: copyright

Apr 17

Facebook’s Link to the Online Piracy Food Chain

The fact that online piracy has flourished over these past few years is nothing new.  Neither is its co-dependence on an ever-efficient distribution network, largely developed and maintained by an assortment of tech enterprises based in Silicon Valley .  Up to this point, Facebook’s role in enabling this plague of piracy has, for the most part, …

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Dec 18

IP and Instagram-a Teaching Moment Perhaps?

I had to shake my head when I saw the outraged reaction to Declan McCullagh’s story on CNET.com about changes made Instagram’s “Terms of Service” that supposedly now give the popular Facebook-owned online photo-sharing service the right to “sell users’ photos without payment or notification.”  According to McCullagh: Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs …

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Jan 19

Googlenocchio? What a Tangled Web They Weave.

Google-liar

 “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”    –Winston Churchill       I read with great interest the piece in today’s New York Times by Edward Wyatt entitled “Lines Drawn on Antipiracy Bills.”  The article was a fairly comprehensive overview of the standoff between …

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Dec 15

Cyberlockers: Explaining Piracy’s Profit Pyramid

Mediafire download link featuring Google ads.

  What I know is that online piracy is flourishing.  What I know is that the internet has become a topsy-turvy world where criminals are celebrated as heroes, and their victims demonized.  What I know is that I’m tired—tired of listening to the red herrings and hyperbole ricocheting around the web in opposition to (overdue) …

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Dec 07

The Road to Google DMCA Hell is Paved with Good Intentions….

Google's promised DMCA response took 8 months, not 24 hours.

A year ago, in December of 2010, Kent Walker, General Counsel for Google, promised to make “copyright work better online.”  According to his post on Google’s Public Policy website Walker assured copyright holders: We’ll act on reliable copyright takedown requests within 24 hours. We will build tools to improve the submission process to make it easier …

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