Google files its latest comments in DMCA review process
The US Copyright Office continues to take submissions from interested parties as it examines whether the safe harbours of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) need to be modernised. We reported on the latest comments...
February 23, 2017
4shared hits back at persistent piracy claims
Filesharing site 4shared is one of the biggest generators of DMCA notices for Google’s search engine, with Google fielding more than 50m takedowns for that site alone. Now its owners are hitting back, claiming rightsholders...
November 28, 2016
NMPA calls for Trump administration to protect copyright
We wrote about lobbying body The Internet Association’s letter to US president-elect Donald Trump outlining its priorities for his incoming administration. Now the National Music Publishers Association has sent its own...
November 21, 2016
Alleged KickassTorrents owner’s lawyer warns Google
The extradition wheels are turning for Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of torrent site KickassTorrents, who was arrested in Poland in July after an investigation from US authorities. TorrentFreak reports that his arrest has...
October 3, 2016
Google tells DMCA-abusing rightsholders to smell the coffee
Google has updated its online transparency report with a section devoted to copyright – and a slapdown for copyright owners who it says are abusing the DMCA takedowns process.
September 14, 2016
Dancing baby copyright case boogies back into view
Music rightsholders and internet activists alike are digesting a new US court ruling on the infamous ‘dancing baby’ YouTube copyright case. The long-running lawsuit concerns a 29-second video uploaded to YouTube in 2007...
September 15, 2015
Google has fielded 100m takedown requests in 2015
Has the barrage of DMCA takedown requests sent to Google for copyrighted files linked to from its search engine died down? In a word: no. In fact, it continues to accelerate: more than 100m takedown requests so far this year,...
April 7, 2015
Periscope and Meerkat may have copyright concerns ahead
A notional scenario: someone attending a gig or DJ set takes out their smartphone and broadcasts live video to their Twitter followers using an app like Meerkat or Twitter’s Periscope. What are the copyright implications?...
March 31, 2015
Could YouTube be less like Spotify and more like Pandora?
Was it strange that Taylor Swift pulled her back catalogue from Spotify while leaving videos for her singles on YouTube? Not really: YouTube might be the biggest music-consumption platform in the world, but it’s still seen...
December 24, 2014
Google has now been sent 500m piracy takedown requests
Google’s Transparency Report for DMCA takedown notices has become a reliable way to gauge the efforts of creative industry rightsholders to get piracy links removed from its search engine. So here’s the new milestone...
October 8, 2014
RIAA spars with Google (again) over DMCA takedown system
You may wish to sit down for this morning's bombshell: a music industry body thinks Google could do more in response to piracy takedown notices. Let us know if you need any smelling salts to recover from the shock. Yes,...
March 17, 2014