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Long Island couple sues over copyrighted mansion design

After a neighbor copied the design of one Long Island couple's dream home in the village of Lawrence, Seth and Rivka Fortgang filed a lawsuit to protect their design. The house itself is valued at $1.48 million.
Social Media

Snapchat under fire for allegedly copying work of popular makeup artists

Back in May, Snapchat was accused of “whitewashing” selfies in a couple of its filters, leading to much criticism from users. Now, the popular image-sharing app is taking heat once again over its filters for allegedly copying ideas from…
Music

The one thing Katy Perry and Taylor Swift agree on: The fight against YouTube

Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and scores of other music industry professionals are calling for big reforms to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which allows YouTube to run wild with illegal tunes.
Web

EU court says that linking to copyrighted material doesn’t count as infringement

The European Court of Justice’s advocate general Melchior Wathelet says that linking to copyrighted material isn’t itself copyright infringement, regardless of whether the material was published with permission or not.
Opinion

YouTube is copying the RIAA’s legal tactics, except this time you win

To defend the legitimate reuse of copyrighted material, Google plans to raise the cost to content owners of filing baseless copyright infringement claims by defending uploaders of videos to YouTube against what it feels are baseless…
Web

YouTube changes its tune, will now defend select channels against DMCA takedowns

YouTube will defend select video creators from DMCA abuse with a new $1 million legal protection fund. This follows growing DMCA takedowns by unregistered groups, which hurt a YouTube channel's revenue.
Web

Google book scanning counts as ‘fair use’ says appeals court

A U.S. court dismisses authors' claims that Google Books infringes on copyright and affects their income — which means the project can continue and the online portal can remain in use.
Music

‘Happy Birthday’ song loses copyright, now in public domain

Definitely a blow to Warner/Chappell Music, a federal judge has issued a decision that the copyright on the 'Happy Birthday' song can no longer be enforced and used to collect royalty fees.
Web

Accused of copyright infringement, Kim Dotcom’s U.S. extradition hearing finally gets going

Kim Dotcom is finally in the court, after years of delays, which will decide if he is to be extradited to the United States, where he and three others will face charges of copyright infringement, and criminal conspiracy.
Gaming

Mario betrays some of his most devoted fans with new YouTube copyright claims

Nintendo is targeting speedrunners and modders in a new round of YouTube copyright claims, issuing video takedown requests to users who post footage from modified Super Mario World levels.
Web

Popcorn Time says Hollywood is far too greedy

Internet users are turning to illegal means for their movie and television fixes because the authorized alternatives are hampered by restrictions and high prices, say some of the Popcorn Time team.
Music

Happy Birthday song may soon be free of charge thanks to court case

Warner Music holds the alleged copyright to the ubiquitous tune "Happy Birthday to You," but a filmmaker is battling to bring it into the public domain, which would allow movies and TV shows to use the song instead of the usual odd…