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Apple on legal iPhone jailbreaks: doing so MAY void your warranty

If you're getting ready to jailbreak your iPhone, now that jailbreaks have been okayed by U.S. courts, you should know that you're still not getting any help from Apple. The company maintains that whether jailbreaks are legal or not, they can still void the warranty on your iPhone. (As Victor Agreda points out at TUAW, "can void the warranty" doesn't mean it always does. We don't know whether...

Judge rules that circumventing DRM is not illegal

In what will surely become a landmark case -- or at least a massive thorn in the MPAA and RIAA's clubbed, pygmy feet -- a judge has ruled that bypassing DRM via hacking, reverse engineering or any other means is not in itself illegal. The case itself ruled that General Electric, in using hacked security dongles to repair some uninterruptible power supplies produced by another company, did not...

Google beats Viacom in YouTube court case, BitTorrent users win

The torrent community is thrilled with the outcome of the recent Viacom v. Google lawsuit, where Viacom sued the Big G for letting YouTube users upload its copyrighted material. Google won the billion-dollar case, but TorrentFreak says BitTorrent users are the real winners. The ruling essentially says that if copyright holders want content removed for violating the DMCA, they must ask to have...

BPI sends Google cease-and-desist order: 'Hey, stop indexing MP3s!'

The BPI -- Britain's equivalent of the American RIAA -- has sent a cease-and-desist order to Google, demanding that it removes links to one-click hosting sites with copyrighted MP3s from its search results. The DMCA notice (which you can read in full at Chilling Effects) cites 38 copyrighted works that are all easily found using simple Google searches. The cease-and-desist even lists the search...

Twitter Tuesday - Twitter and the Music Industry Edition

In this week's Twitter Tuesday, I want to take a look at musicians on Twitter, and the various ways that they're using the service effectively -- or not. The National, a band with a huge fanbase and plenty of critical acclaim, found themselves at the center of Twitter's first DMCA controversy this week. Twitter responded to a DMCA request and took down a tweet linking to an mp3 from the band's...

Sony BMG takes Beyonce's official YouTube channel down for "copyright infringement"

In an act of corporate insanity that reminds me of military behavior as described in Catch 22, Sony BMG removed the videos from Beyonce's official YouTube channel for "copyright infringement." It is her channel, and she is their artist. This is awesome! I mean, talk about caring for your musicians! Way to go, BMG! This is just one example of the heights of madness that copyright "protection"...

So long RealDVD, it's been, uh... real

A US district Court has issued an injunction preventing RealNetworks from selling its RealDVD software. RealDVD is basically a DVD ripper, but unlike most applications that let you crack DVD copy protection and copy videos to your hard drive, RealDVD includes its own DRM scheme which prevents users from making multiple copies or watching ripped movies on another computer or portable device....

Court: Veoh did not infringe on copyright by transcoding videos

There's good news today for user generated video sites like YouTube, DailyMotion, and MetaCafe. A federal court in California has ruled that Veoh did not violate the copyright of a pornography company by automatically transcoding video uploaded by a user. Let's back up a second here. If you upload copyrighted material to an online video site to share with others without the copyright holder's...

Court considers whether its legal to resell software

When you buy a piece of software, you may or may not actually own it. In many instances, software makers insist that what you're actually paying for isn't ownership of the application, but a license to use the application. And if that's all you paid for, then you don't have the right to resell the software. But what happens when you buy a software CD secondhand? Can you sell it then? That's what...

YouTomb: Memorial plots for removed YouTube videos

Any time a copyright holder asks Google to remove a YouTube video, a funny thing happens: Google complies. But the company also adds a bit of metadata to let you know why the video has been pulled down. YouTomb is a site that scans YouTube for that metadata and shows you a list of recently removed videos. You can't actually watch any videos on YouTomb. But you can find out who asked for them...

RIAA, extortion, and conspiracy, in the same sentence

Finally someone, more specifically Ms. Del Cid has filed counterclaims against the RIAA under Florida, California, and Federal law. She's tired of the RIAA's nonsense and decided to uphold her right to defend herself and ultimately others, if this case turns out right. The claims Ms. Cid is bringing against the RIAA are of Trespass, Computer Fraud and Abuse, Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices,...

Legal copying of HD-DVDs on the way?

As it currently stands, copying your HD-DVDs to make backups is a grey legal area. It's legal for you to make the backup, but the HD-DVD disc you're copying is encrypted as a 'security' measure and, thanks to the DMCA it's illegal for you to unencrypt it in anything but an "approved device" and -- surprise of surprises -- no "approved devices" have the ability to write out that backup copy. ...

Wiley publishing sends fair use beat-down to science blogger

The next time one of your fair-use zealot friends starts in on a tirade over dinner, you may want to pay closer attention. Shelly Batts, a Phd candidate at the University of Michigan, recently received a nasty-gram from Wiley, publishers of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, ordering her -- in some fairly stern language -- to remove a diagram she'd used in a post on her site. ...

Download Squad Interview: Tim Westergren of Pandora

Pandora is a music discovery service we've covered before. It goes beyond "regular" internet radios, who largely base their taxonomy and discovery services on rather flat databases and sterile genre/artist/album nomenclature. At best, you might get web-based social suggestions, like what built MySpace and makes Virb sing. Pandora utilizes the research and ongoing classifications of the...

NFL selectively obeys DMCA in copyright dispute

In yet another example of pushing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to the limits and then pushing it just a little bit more, the NFL has chosen to selectively obey some DMCA clauses while disobeying others. No bonus points for guessing that this saga involves YouTube, which has recently become the expanding mass at center of the DMCA dispute universe. Wendy Seltzer, a former EFF lawyer who...