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Does copyright law work?

New and ongoing empirical research suggests: not always

As Congress starts thinking about renewing and, maybe, reforming copyright law, already there's a debate brewing. One on side of... More

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The photo BuzzFeed wishes it hadn’t used

The viral site pissed off one Flickr user with a keen sense of vigilante Internet justice

Back in 2008, Dan Catt took a picture of his young son drinking from a juice box, the flaps ingeniously... More

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Google released an anti-piracy report

And reporters are divided as to what it means

Google released an unusual report on Tuesday--"How Google Fights Piracy," a 25-page document that detailed its anti-piracy principles, the efforts... More

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‘Find the best defense attorney you can’

Hackers being prosecuted under the CFAA don’t just need digital experts; they need good defense against a law vague enough to encompass most anything

Most criminal defendants, whether fighting a DUI or fighting Computer Fraud and Abuse Act charges, have a small legal team,... More

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The lawyers hackers call

Meet the team defending Matthew Keys

Tor Ekeland works out of the smallest office I've ever seen, in the kind of Brooklyn coworking space where a... More

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Required skimming: Radiolab-esque science stories, online

Science for the rest of us

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of... More

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Obama’s ‘copyright czar’ showed independence

Vulnerable to criticism of pro-industry bias, she reached out directly to skeptical reporters

It's hard for a czar to get attention these days. If you listen to the conservative political media, at one... More

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Required skimming: privacy and intellectual property

Be in the know on one of the day’s biggest issues

This month, CJR presents "Required Skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of... More

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What MIT really thought of Aaron Swartz

The school leadership’s patience for hacker culture only went so far

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a report, produced by an internal "Review Panel," on the school's actions... More

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WaPo makes a Switch

The paper’s newest blog will cover tech policy, the Wonkblog way

The Washington Post announced on Monday the launch of a new tech policy blog, The Switch, that will cover "NSA... More

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Creating Internet accountability

Author Rebecca MacKinnon’s new project aims to rank Internet giants on human rights

Rebecca MacKinnon is the sort of person who, after Edward Snowden leaked details of the government's digital surveillance program, could... More

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A new film shows how much we knew, pre-Snowden, about Internet surveillance

Snowden’s disclosures “didn’t feel much like revelations,” says the director

There was a moment in Terms and Conditions May Apply, a new documentary about the dangers of using the Internet,... More

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Copyright for copy writers

“Work-for-hire” contracts in a digital age

As a freelance writer, I've signed some contracts that consist of a couple simple paragraphs, and others that had tangles... More

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A proposal to reform first sale rights

In a digital age, reselling media can be cast as illegal duplication

In its current iteration, copyright law gives us content consumers a right that we've internalized so thoroughly that most people... More

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Reporting, or illegal hacking

Scripps reporters are accused of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

The team at Scripps Howard News Service didn't use any tools that aren't used in newsrooms across the country in... More

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Fair game

A new set of principles aims to help journalists improve their understanding of fair use

News breaks. A crime, an accident, a natural disaster. The newsroom starts gathering information, and among the sources reporters and... More

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What the government isn’t telling us

The Declassification Engine is a new project using statistical and machine learning to help reveal secrets

You probably haven't heard of "Operation Boulder," a Nixon-era program that scrutinized the activities of Arab Americans and profiled visa... More

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Copyright 101.2

How CopyrightX managed to convince hundreds of online students to stick with a course on copyright law

CopyrightX, an online course run out of Harvard this spring as part of the EdX program, was unusual in a... More

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Anything but dull

The House kicks off its review of copyright by finding out how limited agreement about the law is

Rep. Howard Coble knows the reputation of intellectual property law--that it is dull and boring. But at a Congressional hearing... More

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Digital Public Library of America wants to lend copyrighted works

The DPLA launched last month offering access to public-domain materials, but founders want to expand its purview

Last month, the Digital Public Library of America introduced its discovery portal to the Internet. It invited users in, to... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

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