Techdirt: Senator Thom Tillis Pushed Awful Patent Reform Idea Last Year; Now Looks To Top It With Awful Copyright Reform This Year

Techdirt: Senator Thom Tillis Pushed Awful Patent Reform Idea Last Year; Now Looks To Top It With Awful Copyright Reform This Year. “Last year, Senator Tom Tillis was pushing a completely ridiculous patent reform bill that would have enabled massive patent trolling, by expanding what would count as patent-eligible subject matter. After his bill was released — and basically everyone who wasn’t a patent troll explained what a disaster it would be for American innovation, Tillis quietly let the matter drop. Given that experience, you might think that Tillis would think twice before stepping into the even more fraught arena of copyright reform. And yet, Tillis has been champing at the bit to change the DMCA to make Hollywood happier with it.”

TorrentFreak: DMCA Notices Took Down 14,320 Github Projects in 2019

TorrentFreak: DMCA Notices Took Down 14,320 Github Projects in 2019. “Github has revealed that throughout 2019, the coding hosting platform took down more than 14,300 projects following DMCA complaints. Of the total notices received, only a tiny proportion was contested via counter-notice. Interestingly, the Microsoft-owned platform also reveals that one copyright complaint cannot be detailed as it’s the subject of a gagging order.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Rippers Battle RIAA in Takedown Whack-a-Mole

Tubefilter: YouTube Rippers Battle RIAA in Takedown Whack-a-Mole. “The RIAA is continuing to use DMCA anti-circumvention notices to remove YouTube ripper websites from Google’s search results. The music group started a few months ago and has only increased its efforts. However, the targeted sites are fighting back by continuously updating their URLs in response, turning it into a game of whack-a-mole.”

TorrentFreak: Movie & TV Show Database Bombards Google With Bizarre Takedown Notices

TorrentFreak: Movie & TV Show Database Bombards Google With Bizarre Takedown Notices. “Movie and TV show information portal AlloCiné has reportedly sent a wave of DMCA notices to Google to have allegedly-infringing content taken down. Unfortunately, however, the complaints are littered with clearly erroneous URLs that target everything from Netflix and Amazon listings to news reports from sites like Wired, plus content on rival movie portals such as JustWatch and Rotten Tomatoes.”

TorrentFreak: All DMCA Notices Filed Against TorrentFreak in 2019 Were Bogus

TorrentFreak: All DMCA Notices Filed Against TorrentFreak in 2019 Were Bogus. “In previous years we’ve received erroneous complaints from the likes of Amazon, Electronic Arts, Disney, Entertainment One, Vertigo Films, Magnolia Pictures, NBCUniversal, Paramount, and even BBC Worldwide. This year we can add more. According to Google’s Transparency Report, in 2019 Google received a further 11 DMCA takedown notices targeting our domain, sent on behalf of Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures, and sundry others. All of them were completely bogus.”

Techdirt: Abbott Laboratories Sends Heavy-Handed Copyright Threat To Shut Down Diabetes Community Tool For Accessing Blood-Sugar Data

Techdirt: Abbott Laboratories Sends Heavy-Handed Copyright Threat To Shut Down Diabetes Community Tool For Accessing Blood-Sugar Data. “A few months back there was a post on Diabettech about some code posted to GitHub. A patch to Abbott Laboratories’ LibreLink app allowed data from the same company’s FreeStyle Libre continuous monitor to be accessed by other apps running on a smartphone. In particular, it enabled the blood-sugar data to be used by a program called xDrip, which provides ‘sophisticated charting, customization and data entry features as well as a predictive simulation model.’ Innocent enough, you might think. But not according to Abbott Laboratories, which sent in the legal heavies waving the DMCA.” Heaven forbid people get as much access to and use of their own personal medical information as possible. Pllbbt.

Harvard Law Today: Shedding light on fraudulent takedown notices

Harvard Law Today: Shedding light on fraudulent takedown notices. “Every day, companies like Google remove links to online content in response to court orders, influencing the Internet search results we see. But what happens if bad actors deliberately falsify and submit court documents requesting the removal of content? Research using the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society’s Lumen database shows the problem is larger than previously understood.”

Ars Technica: Man agrees to pay $25,000 for abusing YouTube’s takedown system

Ars Technica: Man agrees to pay $25,000 for abusing YouTube’s takedown system. “A Nebraska man has agreed to pay $25,000 for abusing YouTube’s takedown system under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, YouTube said in an emailed statement Tuesday. The man, Christopher Brady, also signed a public apology admitting to ‘falsely claiming that material uploaded by YouTube users infringed my copyrights.'”

Reclaim the Net: World’s largest and oldest commercial archive Adland taken offline after questionable DMCA claim

Reclaim the Net: World’s largest and oldest commercial archive Adland taken offline after questionable DMCA claim . “Adland, the biggest commercial archive in the world, has been shut down after its host Vultr responded to a questionable Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) claim by telling Adland to remove its domain from the network within 24 hours.”

TorrentFreak: Top 3 Copyright ‘Owners’ Sent Google a Billion Takedown Requests

TorrentFreak: Top 3 Copyright ‘Owners’ Sent Google a Billion Takedown Requests. “The three most active ‘copyright owners’ have asked Google to remove more than a billion allegedly infringing links from its search engine results. While more than 160,000 rightsholders have asked Google to remove content, 0.0001% are responsible for the majority of the flagged links.”

TorrentFreak: Hollywood Studios Flag Their IMDb Listings as “Pirate” Links

TorrentFreak: Hollywood Studios Flag Their IMDb Listings as “Pirate” Links. “A rather persistent bug in the takedown code of a major reporting agency has caused an embarrassing situation for several Hollywood studios. For quite some time now, companies including Sony Pictures Television and Columbia Pictures have been inadvertently asking Google to remove the IMDb listings of their own work.”

Techdirt: Automated ‘Content Protection’ System Sends Wave Of Bogus DMCA Notice Targeting Legitimate URLs

Techdirt: Automated ‘Content Protection’ System Sends Wave Of Bogus DMCA Notice Targeting Legitimate URLs. “Yet another content protection service decides it’s better off letting the machines do the work, with predictably catastrophic results. The EFF first noticed the DMCA abuse being committed by ‘Topple Track,’ a content protection service offered by Symphonic Distribution. Symphonic talks big about its protection service, pointing out its position as one of the ‘leading members’ of Google’s ‘Trusted Copyright Program.'”

TorrentFreak: ‘Impostors’ Manipulate Google With Fake Takedown Request

TorrentFreak: ‘Impostors’ Manipulate Google With Fake Takedown Request. “Scammers, masquerading as legitimate copyright holders such as Netflix and Disney, are using Google DMCA takedown tools to manipulate search results. Some webmasters complain that hundreds of links are being pulled offline by the notices. Anti-piracy outfits MUSO and Blue Efficience, which are among the impersonated companies, confirm that not all requests in their name are legitimate.”

Gamasutra: U.S. gov’t stands by DMCA exemption for museums preserving online games

Gamasutra: U.S. gov’t stands by DMCA exemption for museums preserving online games. “The United States Copyright Office stated today that after a period of soliciting feedback and comments, it plans to recommend that all exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act be renewed. At least one of those exemptions directly impacts the game industry: an exemption for museums, libraries, and other archival efforts circumventing the DMCA in order to preserve (in a playable state) games that require server support which is no longer available.”