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And that’s the way it was: April 30, 1993

“WorldWideWeb” software enters the public domain

In 1993, computer users all over the world were still working out how best to share information over the Internet.... More

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Google vs Brazil

Why Brazil heads up Google’s list of takedown requests

In 2009, Google started releasing some basic information twice a year about the takedown requests it receives from governments around... More

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Making Internet politics personal

Activists put a face on acronyms like SOPA, PIPA, and CFAA

If you start looking for images to illustrate the fight last year over the Stop Online Piracy Act and the... More

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Privacy and the right to know

Does the fact that information is publicly available mean news outlets should use it?

At the Deadline Club's panel on privacy and the right to know on Tuesday, the discussion began with guns and... More

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Copyright’s new ‘new law’

Maria Pallante’s vision for copyright reform

In the world that Maria Pallante, the US Register of Copyrights, inhabits, people sometimes call the Copyright Act of 1976... More

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Pity the nutgraf

The AP’s argument that ledes are the heart of its stories helped win a copyright case

When a reporter writes a story, what is the heart of the work? Is it this paragraph--the lede? This isn't... More

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How hard should it be for the government to read your email?

Harder than it is right now

In 1986, it would have been strange to keep an email for longer than six months. First of all, not... More

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You buy it, you own it

The Supreme Court rules it’s legal to resell here a copyrighted item from abroad

Supap Kirtsaeng came to the United States from Thailand in 1997 to study at Cornell University and, later, earned his... More

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The trouble with Aaron’s Law

The proposed law honoring the legacy of Aaron Swartz is trying to be too many things to too many people

On Friday, the American Library Association honored Aaron Swartz, the young Internet activist who committed suicide in January, with its... More

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And that’s the way it was: March 7, 1994

The Supreme Court rules that parody is protected under fair use

On this day 19 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that "Pretty Woman"--2 Live Crew's parody of the classic "Oh,... More

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The new copyright alert system is running

And here’s what will happen if you run up against it

This week, after years of negotiating and planning, five of the largest Internet service providers in the country, in partnership... More

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Protecting private information online

The intersection between cyber security and intellectual property

On Friday, Facebook revealed that it had been attacked. Company employees had visited a website that had infected their computer... More

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Use of private emails for public work sparks FOIA battle

The Santa Fe Reporter is using leaked emails to test the state’s FOI compliance

In June of 2012, the political press corps in New Mexico acquired a batch of interesting emails written by some... More

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Copyright knights or copyright trolls?

Rulings on a couple Righthaven appeals could have a far-reaching effect on fair use

In 2010 and 2011, Righthaven, a Nevada company that once described itself as "the nation's pre-eminent copyright enforcer," sued hundreds... More

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I am a journalist; ask me anything

Media figures are flocking to Reddit to converse with fans

On Wednesday, Chris Anderson, the ex-EIC of Wired, went on Reddit and told users to ask him anything. On Monday,... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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