Category: DMCA

Universal Music: it’s illegal to throw away the promo CD we sent you without your permission – Boing Boing

By , April 9, 2008 9:49 am

Universal Music: it’s illegal to throw away the promo CD we sent you without your permission – Boing Boing
The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Fred von Lohmann sez, “In a brief filed in federal court yesterday, Universal Music Group (UMG) states that, when it comes to the millions of promotional CDs (‘promo CDs’) that it has sent out to music reviewers, radio stations, DJs, and other music industry insiders, throwing them away is ‘an unauthorized distribution’ that violates copyright law. Yes, you read that right — if you’ve ever received a promo CD from UMG, and you don’t still have it, UMG thinks you’re a pirate.”

Well I’ve read the Boing Boing piece, The EFF piece and the 24 page “brief” and it looks to me like UMG has been WAY out of line with this. They have violated the DCMA numerous times using takedown notices filed through the RIAA to EBay and caused this poor guy’s account to be frozen and his auctions removed just because he DARED to offer for resale promotional CD’s that he had purchased. I hope the judge throws the book at those arsehats! πŸ‘Ώ

Techdirt: Giving Comic Book Away For Free Helped Boost Sales

By , January 25, 2008 10:02 pm

Techdirt: Giving Comic Book Away For Free Helped Boost Sales

Time after time it is proved to work but corporate america still refuses to listen. πŸ‘Ώ Wants total control from cradle to grave with all rights reserved in between… 😯

Filmmakers use DMCA to go after negative review – Boing Boing

By , January 14, 2008 11:19 am

Filmmakers use DMCA to go after negative review – Boing Boing

Can’t make a decent movie? No, problem, just sue the critic… πŸ‘Ώ

Now a LOT more folks know just how bad the movie is, and from the responses in comments there are a lot that will never go to see it because of this stupidity. Idiots…

Cory Doctorow speaking at the Beijing Bookworm

By , September 22, 2007 9:00 pm

Cory Doctorow speaking at the Beijing Bookworm

Good way to spend an hour. πŸ˜‰

Science Fiction Writers of America abuses the DMCA – Boing Boing

By , August 31, 2007 9:31 am

Science Fiction Writers of America abuses the DMCA – Boing Boing

First the RIAA then the MPAA and now the SFWA are abusing the DMCA. This is a good read about a bad problem that isn’t going away and in fact seems to be getting a LOT worse.

The one good thing that I noted as I finished reading the article is that Boing Boing now has comments! At last!

Several of the comments about this latest atrocity are by Sci-Fi writers and for the most part they aren’t at all pleased by the actions of the SFWA. Only one (at the time I read this prior to posting) thought it was a good thing but the guy didn’t give his full name so who knows if it was an actual author or just a troll.

As much as I hate lawyers, I think the authors that have been affected by this stupid act need to file suit against the SFWA and the person who caused this. Don’t know if it will do any good but it might add a bit more fuel to the anti-DMCA movement.

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