ET Telecom: Denmark angry at Google censorship of some Danish content, seeks talks. “Denmark, angry at Google’s censorship of some Danish content over an argument over copyright, said on Monday it was seeking talks with the Alphabet-owned tech giant. Google removed all music by Danish artists on the Danish site of video streaming platform YouTube in early August, following failed negotiations on copyright with music licensing organisation Koda.”
New York Times: Three Charged With Leaking Movies as Part of Global Piracy Ring. “Three men are facing federal charges of participating in an international piracy ring that distributed popular movies and television shows online before their release dates, prosecutors announced Wednesday. The men, who have been charged with copyright infringement conspiracy, were accused of being members of the Sparks Group, a sophisticated piracy outfit spanning several continents.”
Search Engine Roundtable: Google Image Search Licensable Badge Now Live With Updated Search Filters. “In February, Google added a new licensable badge for image search as a beta while it tested out new structured data markup (with Search Console debugging reports). Well, now after months of testing, this new feature is live and images using this markup can see the licensable badge in the Google Image search results.”
Publishers Weekly: Publishers, Internet Archive Propose Yearlong Discovery Plan for Copyright Case. “In a joint filing last week, attorneys for the Internet Archive and four publishers suing for copyright infringement proposed a discovery plan for the case that would extend for more than a year. The filing, known as a rule 26(f) report, lays out a potential road map for the case that would begin with the first proposed deadline for initial fact disclosures on September 11, 2020, and would conclude with expert depositions due by September 20, 2021.”
Sydney Morning Herald: Google moves to block movie piracy loophole. “Google Australia has agreed to banish hundreds more websites involved in the illegal downloading of movies and programs after pirates were able to bypass its initial attempts to remove them from search results. The tech giant agreed to voluntarily pull down websites engaging in piracy last year to help stop the spread of illegally downloaded material, a move which allowed copyright holders to avoid fighting the tech giant for an injunction in court.”
Techdirt: Judge Recommends Copyright Troll Richard Liebowitz Be Removed From Roll Of The Court For Misconduct In Default Judgment Case. “Would you believe it? Copyright troll Richard Liebowitz is in trouble yet again. And yes, we just had a different article about him yesterday, but it’s tough to keep up with all of young Liebowitz’s court troubles. The latest is that a judge has sanctioned Liebowitz and recommended he be removed from the roll of the court in the Northern District of NY.
BBC: Queen’s ‘uphill battle’ to stop Trump using songs on social media. “British rock band Queen is trying – and failing – to get US President Donald Trump to stop using their songs in his online campaign videos. The band’s management says it is an ‘uphill battle’ and has ‘repeatedly taken issue with the Trump campaign’. ‘The band itself has been quite outspoken on the subject’, a spokesman said.” Isn’t it weird that an iconic rock band is having trouble enforcing its intellectual property rights, while YouTube channels get popped for cat purring videos?
Jurist: Libraries Are Not a Crime. “There is nothing wrong with being a landlord, and there is nothing wrong with collecting rent. But there is nothing particularly special or morally compelling about it, either. If copyright owners want to complain about the [National Emergency Library], let them do it as landlords, and let us see their arguments as landlord arguments. After all, unlike real landlords, they aren’t even objecting to the loss of actual income on a property they are maintaining. Literary landlords object to the possibility they might not collect every possible rent on a literary property they created or purchased long ago. Maybe we should feel sorry for them? I will confess, my sympathy is limited.”
TorrentFreak: Google Takes No Action for 99.2% of Copyright Notices Targeting Internet Archive. “Copyright holders and anti-piracy groups might want to consider best use of their resources when sending takedown notices to Google targeting the Internet Archive. According to data published by Google, 99.2% of complaints against IA result in ‘no action taken’, with just 0.1% of complaints resulting in some kind of takedown.”
Motherboard: Internet Archives Fires Back in Lawsuit Over Covid-19 Emergency Library. “In a brief filed in a New York district court on Tuesday night, the Internet Archive fired back in response to a lawsuit brought against it by five of the world’s largest publishers. The lawsuit seeks to shut down an online National Emergency Library started by the Internet Archive during the Covid-19 pandemic and levy millions of dollars in fines against the organization.”
TorrentFreak: Warning for Twitter Users in Japan Following Supreme Court Copyright Ruling. “Twitter users in Japan are facing uncertainty after the Supreme Court ruled that people who retweet copyright-infringing images can have their details passed to copyright holders. The case centered around the posting of an image that was posted to Twitter without permission and was then retweeted in an automatically cropped format.”
CRN: Oracle v Google copyright case slated for Supreme Court arguments. “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday scheduled an October date to hear oral arguments in the long-running copyright dispute between Google and Oracle over development of the Android mobile operating system.”
Twitch: Twitch Faces Sudden Stream of DMCA Notices Over Background Music. “There is obviously a great deal of action going on currently in the streaming world, spurred on in part by the COVID-19 crises that has many people at home looking for fresh content. Between the attempts to respond to social movements and tamp down “hateful” content to changes to the competitive landscape, streaming services are having themselves a moment. But with the sudden uptick in popularity comes a new spotlight painting a target on streaming platforms for everyone from scammers to intellectual property maximilists. Twitch has recently found itself a target for the latter, suddenly getting slammed with a wave of DMCA notices that appear to focus mostly on background music.”
CNBC: Twitter removes an image tweeted by Trump for violating its copyright policy. “Twitter has removed an image tweeted by President Donald Trump for violating the company’s copyright policy.”
EFF: California Agency Blocks Release of Police Use of Force and Surveillance Training, Claiming Copyright. “Under a California law that went into effect on January 1, 2020, all law enforcement training materials must be ‘conspicuously’ published on the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) website. However, if you visit POST’s Open Data hub and try to download the officer training materials relating to face recognition technology or automated license plate readers (ALPRs), or the California Peace Officers Association’s course on use of force, you will receive only a Word document with a single sentence.”