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copyright

As many people know, infamous Chicago crime boss Al Capone was ultimately brought to justice not because of all the bootlegging, murder and fraud he engaged in but because of a tax-evasion charge. Now the U.S. government is trying a similar tactic in its fight against a criminal biker gang called The Mongols: federal prosecutors…

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RIP: A remix manifesto

by Mathew on October 15, 2008 · 2 comments

Filmmaker Brett Gaylor has created what he calls an "open-source documentary" called RIP: A Remix Manifesto. It's about the importance of mashups and the remix culture, and includes interviews with and footage of mashup DJ Gregg "Girl Talk" Gillis (and his parents, as far as I can tell from the clip), as well as Cory…

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It's almost too good (or bad) to be believed: John McCain, the U.S. presidential candidate who as a senator supported the draconian rules included in Digital Millennium Copyright Act, now finds himself begging YouTube to stop removing his campaign's video clips. YouTube has been taking them down because they contain excerpts from news broadcasts, and…

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BoingBoing has a link to a blog post by a New Zealander who sat in on a meeting with New Zealand officials, a meeting ostensibly about getting their input on the country's proposed copyright legislation, and in particular a so-called "three strikes" rule, which would force Internet service providers to cut off users after warning…

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This has to be my favourite intellectual property dispute ever: according to reports from a variety of sources, including Associated Press and Haaretz, a group known as the Association of Lebanese Industrialists is planning to file a lawsuit against the state of Israel for "stealing" traditional Lebanese delicacies such as hummus (which is spelled about…

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