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.
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.
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.
WordPress has scored an important victory in court against a man who abused the DMCA to censor an article of a critical journalist. The court agreed that the takedown request was illegitimate and awarded WordPress roughly $25,000 in damages plus attorneys fees.
In what could be one of the most unusual anti-piracy moves yet, an open source blogging platform has been threatened by the music industry after movie-focused Popcorn Time simply used the company’s software. Ghost founder John O’Nolan is surprised and decidedly unimpressed.
WordPress has had it with copyright holders who abuse the DMCA takedown process to censor perfectly legal content. Through a lawsuit they demand $10,000 in compensation to cover the damage they, and one of their users suffered through a false DMCA takedown notice.
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.