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Wordpress Sues DMCA Takedown Abusers

Automattic Inc. & Hotham v. Steiner
Automattic Inc. & Retraction Watch, LLC v. Chatwal
By Elise Young – Edited by Alex Shank

Automattic, owner of WordPress.com and a major developer of the WordPress software, has sued two parties for abusing the notice-and-takedown provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and seeks damages under 17 U.S.C. § 512(f). Automattic’s decision to go after parties that use fraudulent copyright takedown notices could mark a shift in how content hosts handle DMCA takedown requests.

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Posted On Dec - 6 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison
By Mark Verstraete – Edited by Thuy Nguyen

On Friday, November 15, 2013, Anonymous affiliated hacktivist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to ten years in prison and three years of supervised release. Hammon was sentenced under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for hacking Texas-based private intelligence firm, Strategic Forecasting. During his supervised release period, Hammond is proscribed from using computer anonymity devices, such as Tor.

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Posted On Nov - 26 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

So-Called Sample Troll Sues Jay Z, Alleging “Run This Town” Infringes Copyright
By Emma Winer – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

TufAmerica, Inc. v. WB Music Corp.

TufAmerica filed a complaint accusing Jay Z of infringing the company’s copyright in the song “Hook & Sling Part 1.” According to the complaint, Jay Z allegedly used a “sample” of “Hook and Sling Part 1” in his hit song “Run This Town” without proper authorization. TufAmerica has filed a number of similar lawsuits against artists such as the Beastie Boys and Kanye West for sampling songs from catalogs that the company had purchased.

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Posted On Nov - 20 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Christopher A. Crawford

DOJ Notifies Defendant: Evidence Gained From Warrantless Wiretaps

New Smartphone Patent War Begins

FTC Asks For Comments Regarding Regulation Of The “Internet of Things”

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Posted On Nov - 5 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Ex Parte TROs — Exceptional, Unless You’re A “Hacker”
By Corey Omer — Edited by Abhilasha Nautiyal

Battelle Energy Alliance LLC v. Southfork Sec. Inc.

Last month, the District of Idaho issued a rare ex parte temporary restraining order against software developer Corey Thuen and his company, enjoining them from releasing software code as open source and ordering that Thuen’s computer be seized and its contents copied. Judge Winmill reasoned that because Thuen was a “hacker,” the ex parte seizure order was justified.

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Posted On Nov - 4 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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