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20 May 2020, 3:30 am by Walter Olson
[Cathy Gellis, TechDirt; earlier; Visual Artists Rights Act violation found after building owner permitted graffiti installations, later painted them over] “Led Zeppelin wins ‘Stairway to Heaven’ copyright case” [Jonathan Stempel, Reuters] Tags: art and artists, Indian tribes, music and musicians, sanctions [read post]
3 May 2020, 7:19 am by Eric Goldman
Content Moderation * The Verge: The Terror Queue: These moderators help keep Google and YouTube free of violent extremism — and now some of them have PTSD * The Intercept: Trauma Counselors Were Pressured to Divulge Confidential Information About Facebook Moderators, Internal Letter Claims * NBC News: Inside Facebook’s efforts to stop revenge porn before it spreads *  Use of AI in Online Content Moderation 2019 Report (Produced on Behalf of OFCOM) * Washington Post: Content… [read post]
27 Apr 2020, 3:15 am by Walter Olson
” [Dana Goldstein and Eliza Shapiro, New York Times] San Francisco school board to vote on plan that would give students in grades 6-12 a grade of A in all subjects [KGO; Alison Collins and commenters; related on mass social promotion, Andy Smarick, The Atlantic] Those copyright license issues that keep church congregations from incorporating music into their online services also complicate the lives of educators trying to carry out online instruction [Mike Masnick, TechDirt] … [read post]
18 Apr 2020, 11:01 am by Eric Goldman
* NYU Law: How Explaining Copyright Broke the YouTube Copyright System * Techdirt: Our FOIA Lawsuit Gets Results: ICE Admits It Didn’t Really Seize A Million ‘Copyright Infringing’ Domains * Rolling Stone: Why All Your Favorite Songs Are Suddenly Being Sued * Rolling Stone: How Music Copyright Lawsuits Are Scaring Away New Hits E-Commerce * Wall Street Journal: Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site. [read post]
2 Apr 2020, 4:20 pm by Sabrina I. Pacifici
TechDirt – The Answer (Sadly) Will Not Surprise You – “Clearview’s facial recognition app links to a database of 4 billion pictures. [read post]
Needless to say in this day in age, the Order went viral (no pun intended), with stories published by Bloomberg Law,, the Chicago Tribune, TechDirt, and others. [read post]
20 Mar 2020, 7:06 am by INFORRM
TechDirt reports that “[d]espite the Indian Supreme Court declaring such restrictions illegal last January, the problem persists. [read post]
13 Mar 2020, 2:56 am by Walter Olson
” [Michael Wilner, McClatchy; latest on HHS proclamation] Between death, business interruption, and enormous disruption to business practice, a landscape of litigation opens up [Fortune] Proposed executive order would bar import of critical medical supplies from China, closing supposed “loophole” that could save your loved one’s life as shortages of ventilators loom [Ana Swanson, New York Times; Greta Privitera, Politico Europe on triage decisions at Italian hospitals… [read post]
11 Mar 2020, 1:12 pm
Story here.Timothy Geigner at Techdirt says: "Are those two vans similar? [read post]
11 Mar 2020, 12:16 pm by Eric Goldman
Coverage of the event from TechFreedom (on Techdirt): (1) Why Section 230 Matters And How Not To Break The Internet; DOJ 230 Workshop Review, Part I. [read post]
11 Mar 2020, 2:56 am by Walter Olson
” [Mike Masnick, TechDirt] Author of new book, a Fordham lawprof, “wants the U.S. [read post]
5 Mar 2020, 8:17 pm by Riana Pfefferkorn
Well, the dreaded day has come: the EARN IT Act was formally introduced today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. [read post]
2 Mar 2020, 2:59 am by Walter Olson
” [Cato Daily Podcast episodes with Caleb Brown interviewing Matthew Feeney and Lou Perez] “Civil FOSTA Suits Start Showing Up In Court; Prove That FOSTA Supporters Were 100% Wrong About Who Would Be Targeted” [Mike Masnick, TechDirt, earlier] Cause célèbre in the U.K.: employment law tribunal, an institution with no exact counterpart in American law, rules against worker fired from nonprofit over tweets expressing view that sex is immutable biological… [read post]
15 Feb 2020, 4:39 pm by INFORRM
Techdirt reports that the Virginia Legislature has passed an Anti-SLAPP law. [read post]
1 Feb 2020, 9:05 am by Walter Olson
” [Jim Schutze, Dallas Observer via Tim Cushing, TechDirt] Tags: crime and punishment, Dallas, nuisance [read post]
30 Jan 2020, 12:42 pm by Riana Pfefferkorn
As Techdirt’s Mike Masnick put it, “not a single thing in CDA 230 stops the DOJ from doing anything. [read post]
25 Jan 2020, 8:59 am by Walter Olson
.'” [Mike Masnick, TechDirt] Tags: Hillary Clinton, libel slander and defamation, New York Times, politics [read post]
28 Dec 2019, 8:59 am by Walter Olson
” [Mike Masnick, Techdirt] “These were never good jobs,” claims the measure’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), but lots of freelancers have made clear they disagree [Billy Binion] “Mainstream politicians and pundits love to cite ‘unintended consequences’ when their preferred policies cause harm in the exact ways libertarians said they would. [read post]