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  1. Tech

    Copyright Holders Want Google to Kill Its Nonexistent Daily Limit on DMCA Takedown Requests

    Obviously, copyright holders have a right to protect their content from being pirated on the Internet, but automatic Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requests are the absolute pits when it comes to copyright law enforcement. Companies flood Google with thousands of requests a day to remove content that often in no way violates the law. Sometimes it's even the copyright holder's own content. Now anti-piracy groups RIAA and BREIN want Google to eliminate its daily limit on takedown requests, even though Google doesn't have a daily limit on takedown requests.

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  2. Tech

    Correction: Maybe the FCC Isn’t Planning Free “Super Wi-Fi” After All…

    Yesterday, I wrote about a story in The Washington Post that said there was an FCC plan to offer free "Super Wi-Fi." This morning Techdirt is saying that The Washington Post -- and by extension everyone else -- is wrong, and tried to clear things up. It turns out the story is a combined misunderstanding of a few things going on in the world of the FCC and the broadcast spectrum.

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  3. Tech

    GoDaddy Reverses Stance Completely and Opposes SOPA Even After Gaining Domains During Boycott

    When GoDaddy's public and unapologetic pro-SOPA stance initially came to light, the backlash was big enough that GoDaddy backed off its "support" to something a little more lukewarm and moved to "not supporting SOPA," but dancing around the issue more than actually opposing SOPA. Now, GoDaddy has come full circle and claims to oppose SOPA in an about-face that has occurred at a pretty staggering speed: 1 week. The cause of this speed is doubtlessly because of the loud voices, particularly those of reddit, railing against the registrar nonstop, calling for a boycott, and advocating the transfer of domains. Their efforts seem to have worked, although the boycott itself may not be as responsible for the change as we all might like to think.

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  4. Weird

    Argentinian Politician’s Anti-Plagiarism Bill Plagarizes Wikipedia

    Yo, dawg, we heard you like plagiarism. Well, this anti-plagiarism bill plagiarizes three paragraphs from the Wikipedia article on plagiarism, so you can... Eh, you know the rest. Argentinian statesman Gerónimo Vargas Aignasse suggested a change to article 172 of the of the Criminal Code, (Google Translate here), which would make plagiarism an offense punishable by jail time of three to eight years, and in his five paragraph summary description of the bill, copy-pasted three paragraphs from the Spanish language Wikipedia. In fact, only the first and last sentences are original. He even seems to have left in some of Wikipedia's hyperlinking punctuation by mistake.

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  5. Entertainment

    Should NBC Sue An Olympics Tip-Off Site?

    Pissed that the Winter Olympics were being shown on taped delay on NBC, a lot of Americans chose to do the 21st century thing and bypass their television sets all together. Several websites were set up with illegal video streams of the events that could be watched in (basically) real time, making it one of the first instances of national sports being more up to date on your WiFi than your cable. But even though NBC's Olympic numbers were strong this year, some are postulating that an article in NewTeeVee which explained in detail how to watch an online stream of the games might be in violation of NBC's copyright laws.

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