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YouTuber Sends Lawyer After UFC to Stop ‘Unfair’ Takedown Notices

Frustrated by the continued takedowns, MacKay decided to take a stand. He reached out to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to help him address the matter. The EFF was happy to oblige and this week attorney Alex Moss sent a letter to the UFC, demanding that it stops sending unwarranted notices. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak » http://bit.ly/2VHIdmW
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Emilio Estevez Uses Some Public Domain Footage In Film, So Universal Studios Forces Original Public Domain Footage Offline

There was just one problem. It appears that Estevez included a clip of “Your Life Work: The Librarian” within the movie (in which he, himself, plays a librarian). He, of course, is free to do so (thanks to the public domain), and having put that clip into his movie doesn’t magically make that clip covered by copyright. But what the fuck does Universal Pictures care about pesky little things like the public domain and librarians’ YouTube accounts? It’s a big important Hollywood studio, and if it stomps out public domain material and ends up giving strikes to actual librarians, well, it’s all good because it must “stop piracy.” – Mike Masnick, Techdirt » http://bit.ly/2VmiuPW

Musician’s White Noise YouTube Video Hit With Copyright Complaints

Sebastian Tomczak’s account could have been disabled by YouTube for so many infringements but in all cases the copyright holders chose to monetize the musician’s ‘infringement’ instead, via the site’s ContentID system. In other words, after creating the video himself with his own efforts, copyright holders are now taking all the revenue. It’s a situation that Tomczak will now dispute with YouTube. – Andy, TorrentFreak http://ift.tt/2CGk9Xf

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

The entire situation is indeed bewildering and utterly ridiculous. The original Double Dribble game came out in 1987, some 12 years before the very first episode of Family Guy aired in 1999. The clip of the glitch was uploaded by sw1tched more than seven years ago. Then somehow Fox came along, copied it, put it into their TV show, claimed copyright on it, and then nuked the original clip from the Internet. – Andy, TorrentFreak

Netflix Joins DMCA Takedown Bandwagon to Frustrate Pirates

During the past several weeks the company has started to report thousands of ‘pirate’ links to Google, asking it to remove these from search results. With help from their anti-piracy partner Vobile, Netflix has targeted 71,861 links to allegedly copyright infringing material from torrent and streaming sites, most of which have indeed been removed. The links in question all point to content owned by Netflix, including popular series including House of Cards, Narcos, Sense8 and films such as The Ridiculous 6 and A Very Murray Christmas. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

YouTube’s Nostalgia Critic offers an emergency crash course in fair use

The real problem, the video attests, is that YouTube stacks the deck against those creators who invoke fair use. There is no limit to the number of claims that can be filed against an account, for instance, but the account holder can only make three appeals at a time. Worse yet, there is absolutely no penalty for filing false claims against an account, even though the content creator may be losing revenue while a video is temporarily suspended. – Joe Blevins, The A.V. Club
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