CNBC: Facebook and YouTube are full of pirated video streams of live NFL games. “Pirated video streams of televised National Football League games are widespread on Facebook and on Google’s YouTube service, CNBC has found. Using technology from these internet giants, thousands of football fans were able to watch long segments of many contests free of charge during the league’s Week 13 schedule of games last Thursday and Sunday.”
OpenCorporates: Introducing Trademarks. “Here at OpenCorporates, our core mission has always been about making official public data about companies more widely available, more usable and more useful. Much of this comes from one of the 120+ company registers we use as a primary source, but an increasing amount comes from other public sources, which now includes US and global trademark registers.”
Nikkei Asian Review: Japan added to EU’s design search engine. “The Japan Patent Office has teamed up with a European counterpart to share industrial design information, enabling businesses to check for similar products in other countries and combat imitations. Japanese data has been added to the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Designview online search tool, which now boasts access to more than 13 million designs and 54 participating intellectual property offices from around the world.” A ton of different countries have been added to Designview this year.
TorrentFreak: Google Says It Can’t Filter Pirated Content Proactively. “Various music industry groups want Google to implement proactive anti-piracy measures to deal with constantly reappearing links to infringing content in search results. The demand isn’t new, but this week Google’s President of EMEA Business & Operations reiterated that such proactive measures are ‘just not possible.'”
The Register: ‘Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again’. “If the tech industry wants another wave of innovation to match the PC or the internet, Google and Facebook must be broken up, journalist and film producer Jonathan Taplin told an audience at University College London’s Faculty of Law this week. He was speaking at an event titled Crisis in Copyright Policy: How the digital monopolies have cornered culture and what it means for all of us, where he credited the clampers put on Bell then IBM for helping to create the PC industry and the internet.”
Thomas Ash: Orphan Works, Google Books and the merits of fair use. “I started this post many months ago, but never got round to finishing it. Inspired by a recent post on fair use by fellow #citylis student @olivianesbitt I thought I’d dust of this post and finish it with a sprinkling of orphan works for good measure. When the European Commission published its i2010 digital Libraries initiative, announcing its intention of creating a single European digital library providing online access to European cultural heritage, it was clearly operating under a desire to avoid the legal wrangling faced by Google over its Google Print Library Project (Google Books).”
The Register: Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order. “Several domains of the controversial academic paper filesharing site Sci-Hub have been made inactive following a court order earlier this month. According to Whois records, sci-hub.io, sci-hub.ac and sci-hub.cc have their domain set to ‘serverHold’, an ICANN code meaning the ‘domain is not activated in the DNS’. Records for sci-hub.io and sci-hub.ac were last updated November 17 and sci-hub.cc on November 21.”