Posts by Sherwin Siy:

Hack A Day is reporting that a recent Windows update destroys knockoff FTDI chips. More from Ars Technica here. The chips at issue let USB devices send and receive data to systems with older serial ports. As such, they’re in countless different devices, from hobbyist products like Arduino to off-the-shelf consumer electronic devices.
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Last Friday, Google released an updated report on how it combats copyright infringement on the Web. One of the issues that much of the press has focused on is the fact that Google tweaked its search algorithm to downrank search results from sites that have been the target of valid (as judged by Google) DMCA takedown notices.
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On Monday, the Digital Reader revealed (confirmed in detail by Ars Technica here that Adobe’s ebook reader, Adobe Digital Editions, was reporting the reading habits of its users, and the contents of their digital libraries, to Adobe.
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Last Wednesday’s copyright hearing in the House IP Subcommittee may have borne the soporific title of “Chapter 12 of Title 17,” but the debate involved was lively. The titular Chapter 12 involves the anticircumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), the source of the crisis over phone unlocking.
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Why is it hard to believe that a monkey selfie can be in the public domain? Probably because we have a hard time recognizing that some things just can’t be owned by anybody.
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It’s easy for the FCC to set aside Title II rules that don’t apply in particular technological and market situations. In fact, it does this all the time.
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On Wednesday, Public Knowledge joined Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumer Electronics Association, and Engine in filing a friend of the court brief in the Supreme Court supporting Aereo, a company that is giving customers the ability to view broadcast TV online. It does this by renting miniature antennas to individual users, and sending the broadcast signal they receive over the Internet to those users.
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FCC Chairman Wheeler’s statement today on Net Neutrality sets out the need to protect consumers and preserve an open internet. How that happens is somewhat secondary to making sure it does, but nothing seems to change the fact that reclassifying broadband remains the best way to do this. Today, FCC Chairman Wheeler issued a statement […]
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There’s been a lot of talk about the damage DRM can do. Here’s one small way to repair that—make sure phone unlocking is legal again. Last week, Cory Doctorow wrote this lengthy, thoughtful piece about DRM and the laws, like the anticircumvention provisions in section 1201 of the DMCA, that make it illegal for people […]
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It’s Copyright Week! From today through Saturday, a number of groups around the Web will be exchanging ideas, information, and actions about how to fix copyright law for the better. Each day will be devoted to a different aspect of copyright law. For more on Copyright Week, see here.

Today’s focus is on how copyright law balances the rights of someone who wrote a copyrighted work and someone who bought a copy of it. This post looks at how fine print can throw that balance out of whack.


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