Pixel Police: DRM and Securing Photos Online

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Lauren Stewart April 20, 2015 A disturbing trend has emerged, primarily on Instagram, called baby-role playing. This is where a person, often a teenage girl, steals images of a child from the Internet, gives them a new name, and creates a user profile claiming the child as her own. Some even portray themselves […]

Does Unlocking On-Disc DLC Violate the Anti-Circumvention Provision of the DMCA?

Posted by: Kyle Sol Johnson April 20, 2015 Increasingly videogames are released alongside downloadable content (DLC) the adds some aspect or function to the underlying game. These may be packs of maps, new zones, new weapons and armors, or even entirely new missions. Often it is a combination of the above. Traditionally, DLC is offered […]

They’re Shutting Down the Internet: The Responsibility of Internet Service Providers in Combating Piracy

Posted by: Macaulay Christian April 20, 2015   Imagine that, for some time and on a fairly consistent basis, you download and listen to all of your favorite music through one or more torrent sites. Whatever your personal beliefs are, you do know that, legally speaking, what you are doing is wrong. Your Internet service […]

Does the Constitution Follow the Net?: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Free Speech, & Fair Use

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Judicial Decisions |

 Posted by: Macaulay Christian April 20, 2015 Take a moment to think about computers. There isn’t an aspect of daily life that hasn’t been at least touched, if not outright revolutionized, by the advent of the computer. They no longer mammoth machines existing within the confines of a single, massive space—they’re portable. You probably have […]

Is a Take Down a Taking?

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Chase Millea April 20, 1015 Under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, “private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Traditionally we think of a government taking in the context of real property. If the government wants to knock your house down to build a highway, they are going […]

Penalties for Misrepresented Take Down Notices

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Tech News |

Posted by: Chase Millea April 20, 2015 In the United States, a holder of a copyright under the Copyright Act maintains exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute work fixed in a tangible means of expression. In essence, that means that a person can protect against redistribution of original work without authorization. The Digital Millennium Copyright […]

Twitch and Copyright Liability

Posted by Cyberbear on April 29, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Internet, Video Games |

Posted by: Bryan Zhao April 19, 2015 Twitch.tv is a website that provides video gamers with a centralized location to share and stream their video game experiences with others. Another blog post about Twitch is available on this site here. In August of 2014, Twitch was purchased by Amazon for roughly $970 million in cash. […]

Periscope vs. HBO

Posted by Cyberbear on April 28, 2015 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Marcus Beecher April 19, 2015 On March 26, 2015, Twitter released Periscope. Periscope allows users to broadcast what they (or their devices) are seeing in real-time to their followers. The makers of Periscope intend the app to become “a way of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes,” or, in different words, a […]

The Rare “Takedown” in DMCA Takedown Fraud

Posted by Cyberbear on April 27, 2015 in Computer Software, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Lauren Stewart April 17, 2015 Imagine you are a parking attendant and a person tells you that you have his car. He gives you no proof, but to avoid trouble you give him the keys. Rather than questioning the person about his ownership or enlisting the police to help in prosecuting the theft, […]

Streaming Music Services — “Changing the Game”

Posted by Cyberbear on April 27, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Vikram Amritraj April 17, 2015 On March 30th, 2015 Jay-Z and a group of the 16 richest, most successful musical artists in the world held a press conference to announce the Tidal streaming music service, which some have claimed brings “the idea of paying artists back into the conversation” and has the “potential […]

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