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French antipiracy efforts unsuccessful

The French government started cracking down on illegal downloading, so users switched to illegal streaming

Hadopi--a wildly unpopular French antipiracy agency charged with seeking out illegal downloaders for prosecution--may be reorganized, assigned with new duties,... More

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LSR to become German law

Search engines and news aggregators will have to pay to use others’ original content

The Leistungsschutzrecht, a controversial German proposal that would force for-profit companies to pay for using short snippets of news content,... 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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For mugshots, privacy v. public interest

Reporters are fighting recent restrictions on releasing federal mugshots

Open records advocates, including the nonprofit Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, are working to get congressional support to... 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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German copyright bill passes parliament

Leistungsschutzrecht calls for charging aggregators that repost publishers’ content

Germany's national parliament approved a controversial bill on Friday that would require news aggregators, such as Google, to pay for... 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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Enforcing copyrights in Europe

In the absence of laws, private companies are doing the job

In January, on the anniversary of the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act, an Internet activist group called Fight... 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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In Azerbaijan, a blogger refuses to be silenced

Emin Milli says the Internet is a lifeline for journalists living under oppressive regimes

A woman asked Emin Milli and Jérémie Zimmermann if she could take a photo of the two bloggers as they... 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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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