Fox ‘Stole’ a Game Clip, Used it in Family Guy & DMCA’d the Original – TorrentFreak

This week’s episode of Family Guy included a clip from 1980s Nintendo video game Double Dribble showing a glitch to get a free 3-point goal. Fox obtained the clip from YouTube where it had been sitting since it was first uploaded in 2009. Shortly after, Fox told YouTube the game footage infringed its copyrights.

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WordPress Wants Statutory Damages for DMCA Abuse – TorrentFreak

WordPress.com is taking a strong stance against copyright takedown abuse. The company is recommending that the U.S. Copyright Office should introduce statutory damages and bonds to decrease the frequency of fraudulent and abusive DMCA takedown requests. Automattic, the company behind the popular WordPress.com blogging platform, receives thousands of takedown requests from rightsholders every year.

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YouTube Pays Users’ Legal Bills to Defend Fair Use – TorrentFreak

Google has strengthened its stance towards wrongful DMCA notices that serve to intimidate YouTube users. Drawing a symbolic line in the sand, Google says it will cover legal costs associated with defending four videos which all use copyrighted content but are protected under ‘fair use’ legislation, should they be targeted by rightsholders.

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Time to Punish DMCA Takedown Abusers, WordPress Owners Say

General Counsel for Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has spoken today about how the DMCA process is being manipulated to stifle freedom of expression. During a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the limitations of copyright liability for online service providers, the blogging platform called for “clear legal consequences” for those who abuse the system.

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