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Universal And Warner Block Time Live Streaming Its Time 100 Event Because Copyright Censors

You know how supporters of Article 13 in the EU keep insisting that just because Article 13 (now Article 17) says not to take down non-infringing content that any worries about taking down non-infringing content are misplaced? About that... This week there‘s been a lot of fuss about the whole "Time 100" thing that purports to highlight the 100 most influential people in the world. This bit of backslapping among the famous starts off with g

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By merging development and operations teams into one, DevOps-savvy professionals empower companies to create better products with faster delivery and greater efficiency, which is why they‘re such hot commodities on the job market. This DevOps E-degree Bundle contains 6 courses and over 80 hours of instruction. On top of the included courses and materials, this collection also comes with labs, quizzes, projects and exams to guide you on thi

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Federal Agent: Using A Taped Box To Send Stuff Overnight Via FedEx Is Suspicious Behavior

Here‘s how we‘re fighting the War on Drugs. Lots of stuff going on, but not much seems to be happening in terms of actually, you know, keeping drugs from ending up in buyers‘ hands. The byproduct of the problem -- the cash -- is all anyone seems interested in. As Brad Heath points out in his tweets referencing this in rem complaint, federal agents camp out at major air traffic hubs looking for nothing but cash. As we‘ve

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Guy In Charge Of Oil Well Safety Gave Out His Cell Phone Number, Now Help Us Figure Out Who Called Him

Last November, John Oliver had a fun episode of his show discussing whether or not President Trump had fulfilled his promise to "drain the swamp" (spoiler alert: he did not). Part of that episode focused on the story of Scott Angelle, who Trump appointed to run the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, an organization within the Department of the Interior, whose sole focus is supposed to be on enforcing safety standards for offshore oi

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Why The Hell Are States Still Passing ISP-Written Laws Banning Community Broadband?

We‘ve long talked about the more than 750 towns, cities, and counties that have responded to US broadband market failure by building their own broadband networks. We‘ve also talked at length about how data has shown these networks often offer better service at lower, more transparent prices than their purely private sector counterparts (usually natural monopolies), whose apathy and political power has only grown in the wake of limite

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The French Govt‘s Hand-Rolled Encrypted Messaging Service (Briefly) Allowed Anyone To Pretend They Were A Government Official

Early last year, news leaked out the French government was building its own encrypted messaging service. This seemed a bit disingenuous when this same government was routinely calling for backdoors in encryption for everyone else. The potential upside of the government rolling its own is that it would push government officials off third-party services and onto a platform where they might not be compromised along with everyone else if or when the

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Good News From The EU For A Change: A Strong Directive To Protect Whistleblowers

A lot of bad stuff has been coming out of the EU lately, notably the awful Copyright Directive with its upload filters. So it makes a pleasant change to report on the passing of strong legislation to protect whistleblowers revealing breaches of EU law, a move which the Pirate MEP Julia Reda describes as "One of the greatest successes of this mandate!". Its scope is wide. Areas covered include public procurement, financial services, money launder

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Another Week, Another Hollywood Company Files A Takedown Against TorrentFreak

The news site TorrentFreak tends to get more false DMCA copyright notices than other sites, in part because of its name. It seems that people who don‘t bother investigating anything jump to the wrong conclusion that because it has "Torrent" in its name, it must be a "piracy" site, rather than a news site that reports on news about copyright and filesharing. So last week, TorrentFreak got some attention after Starz not only sent a bogus DMC

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A Seamless Journey Awaits You On The Outbound Flights: All You Have To Give Up Is Your Face

The DHS‘s airport panopticon is rolling out slowly, but surely. And of course it‘s being done with as little oversight or guidance as possible. Major international airports are already turning your face into your ID, giving travelers little option but to get their faces out if they don‘t want to receive extra questioning. If you‘re worried about adding your face to the government‘s extra-large bin o‘ biometr

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Techdirt Podcast Episode 209: The Past & Future Of Section 230

Of all the laws we discuss here at Techdirt, probably none comes up as often or in relation to as many things as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. It‘s not an exaggeration to describe it the way Professor Jeff Kosseff does in the title of his new book, The Twenty-Six Words That Created The Internet, offering a detailed history of this vital piece of law. This week, Jeff joins us on the podcast for an in-depth discussion abo

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Like Clockwork After A Big Tragedy, People Rush In To Blame... Social Media

Apparently the new reality is that following any sort of attack, people will quickly rush in to blame the internet and social media. We‘ve seen it in various forms in the past, but it really took off with the Christchurch shootings last month. And, with the horrific and tragic suicide bombings in Sri Lanka last week, it didn‘t take long for the same sort of thing to happen. Within hours after it happening, someone had jumped into a T

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Emilio Estevez Uses Some Public Domain Footage In Film, So Universal Studios Forces Original Public Domain Footage Offline

Yet another example of the awfulness of copyright filters. Back in 2006, librarian Michael Sauers posted a public domain film (a US government production) called "Your Life Work: The Librarian" to YouTube. If you don‘t know, "Your Life Work" was a series of educational shorts that, according to the Internet Archive, were "meant to inspire young post-depression workers into specific new careers." One of those careers? Librarian. Sauers&lsqu

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Trump‘s Chinese Telecom Protectionism Always Seems To Be Lacking Evidence

If you hadn‘t noticed by now, the Trump administration has made blacklisting Chinese telecom companies one of its top priorities. That‘s been most notably exemplified by the administration‘s attacks on Huawei, which is repeatedly cited as an asset of the Chinese government without much in the way of proof. From pressuring U.S. carriers to drop plans to sell Huawei phones to the FCC‘s decision to ban companies from using H

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Watchdog Says Australia‘s Traffic Enforcement System Has Hits Hundreds Of Drivers With Bogus Fines

In Australia, the government has automated traffic enforcement, letting the machines do the work. It‘s also automated the limited due process procedures, giving aggrieved citizens the chance to have their complaints and challenges ignored at scale, as The Newspaper reports. At least 397 motorists in Victoria, Australia, lost their right to drive because the state government bungled the handling of speed camera fines. In a report release

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City Of Marathon Hand-Waves Stupid Cease And Desist Sent By Councilman Over City Seal

Earlier this month, we were discussing the odd (read: stupid) campaign by a City Councilman for the City of Marathon in Florida to get his city to trademark the city seal. The whole thing was frustratingly stupid for all kinds of reasons. For starters, trademark law is very clear that municipal governments can‘t trademark their seals, full stop. Councilman Mark Senmartin wanted his own government to do something it couldn‘t legally d

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State Investigator Granted Immunity For Hours-Long Detention Of Doctor At Gunpoint During A Search For Medical Records

How far can a law enforcement officer go to ensure an administrative search -- one looking for records, rather than contraband -- is carried out without interference? Pretty damn far, it appears. A case before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals alleges Fourth Amendment violations during a search for medical records. Dr. Ikechukwu Okorie was on the receiving end of a search due to the state licensing board‘s suspicion he was over-prescrib

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Werner Herzog Joins Plenty Of Other Artists In Recognizing Piracy Isn‘t The Problem

It‘s getting a bit silly to have to keep pointing this out, but contrary to the popular narrative, there are tons of artists who not only recognize that the narrative that "piracy is the problem" is false, but many who recognize that piracy actually has its advantages. And, now, apparently, we can add esteemed film director Werner Herzog to that list. In an interview, he made it clear that when other options aren‘t readily available,

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Reverse Warrant For Cell Site Location Info Results In Wrong Man Being Jailed

Reverse warrants are the new regular warrants. Ever since law enforcement discovered most Americans carry tracking devices with them 24/7, they‘ve been approaching cellphone providers with warrants targeting geographic areas rather than people. When a crime has been committed but cops don‘t have any suspects, they ask Google and others to canvass the area for them. Officers hand providers a geofence and ask for everyone who wandere

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If you want to work in the booming field of cybersecurity, you need to earn certifications to verify your abilities. CompTIA is the leading certifying body for IT security. In the 2019 Complete CompTIA Cybersecurity Bundle you‘ll get comprehensive preparation to sit four crucial CompTIA exams: Security+, CySA+, CASP, and PenTest+. It‘s on sale for 49. Note: The Techdirt Deals Store is powered and curated by StackCommerce. A port

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Twitter Permanently Suspends (Then Unsuspends) Lawyer For Telling NRA Supporters To ‘Fuck Off‘ And ‘Own The Death‘

For all the talk of how Twitter supposedly is banning conservatives left and right (it‘s not), the company is actually dealing with the impossibility of handling content moderation at scale. Adequately determining which content is "good" and which is "bad" is an impossible task. Let‘s take an example case, which -- at the very least -- should show that Twitter isn‘t just banning conservatives. The pseudonymous defense lawyer

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Scribd‘s Takedown Of The Public Domain Mueller Report Is A Preview Of The EU‘s Future Under The Copyright Directive

For years now, people who understand this stuff have been screaming from the rooftops that automated filtering leads to all sorts of legitimate content being taken down -- and yet, the EU went ahead and approved the EU Copyright Directive and its mandatory filters anyway (and, if you‘re still repeating the lie that it does not require filters, a quick reminder that multiple politicians who supported the Directive have now admitted that of

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Another Attempt To Tie Twitter To Terrorist Acts And Another Dismissal With Prejudice

"A series of lawsuits," the court calls it. This is the ongoing work of 1-800-LAW-FIRM and Excolo Law -- two firms that specialize in bringing losing lawsuits to federal courts. It‘s a series of lawsuits and a series of losses. An unbroken string of dismissals at both the district and appellate levels -- all in response to the firms‘ attempts to hold social media companies responsible for the acts of terrorists. Mandy Palmucci -- a

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Judge Tells Research Center To Give Back Facial Recognition Documents The NYPD Forgot To Redact

The NYPD, that paragon of opacity, screwed up. And now it wants its stuff back. The Georgetown Center on Privacy Technology has been engaged in a public records lawsuit against the NYPD since 2017. It‘s seeking records on the department‘s use of facial recognition technology. The NYPD has fought hard, but has been forced to hand over almost 3,700 pages of relevant info to date. This after initially telling the Center it had "no re

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