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"DMCA Notice" Used to Shut Down Popcorn Time On Github

Emily Hong - Chilling Effects Staff, July 15, 2014
Abstract: On July 11, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has filed an curious "Notice of Infringement" under the DMCA, demanding that Github remove repositories, known as "repos," for the popular open source software PopcornTime. PopcornTime is a Netflix-style media streaming service built on peer-to-peer file sharing; the software, sometimes referred to as "Netflix for Pirates," was built and is maintained by a network of anonymous programmers. Its source code has been hosted on Github, a popular code-sharing and collaboration site used by programmers around the world.


International Takedown Notices: Where are they coming from?

July 08, 2014
Abstract: The globalization of the Internet has almost always outpaced the creation of international laws to online behavior. To some extent, this has increased the prominence of globally-operating Internet service providers, like Google and Twitter, as the de facto arbiters of multinational disputes online. The number of takedown notices from international senders reported to has been rising, including requests for removal of online content based on US laws like the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).

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The Right to be Forgotten: Already in Need of Reform?

Emily Hong - Chilling Effects Staff, July 07, 2014
Abstract: Google is currently dealing with a backlog of over 50,000 European "Right to be Forgotten" (R2BF) requests, and both privacy and free speech advocates watched raptly as the search engine began acting on such requests late last month. Already media organizations have cried foul for overbroad censorship.


"Ready for Oligarchy" Parody Restored: Zazzle and CafePress Takedown Notices

Thayer Anderson - Chilling Effects Staff, June 27, 2014

Earlier this June, the political action committee (PAC) "Ready for Hillary" issued takedown requests to virtual storefronts Zazzle and CafePress. Ready for Hillary demanded these print-on-demand stores stop offering Dan McCall's "Ready for Oligarchy" sticker design. While Zazzle and CafePress took the design down from their stores, it was restored after intervention from McCall's representative, Paul Alan Levy.



Five Things to Note This Week.

Chilling Effects Staff: , June 26, 2014
Abstract: The Chilling Effects Staff shares some of the stories they've been following in this week's news, and why.

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