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"VKontakte" won court against Warner and Universal, but a social network obliged to create system against loading of pirated content

2 years, 1 month ago
The arbitration court of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region did not satisfy claims of Warner and Universal to "VKontakte" for the sum of thirty one million rubles, but obliged a social network to develop system which will not allow to load pirated content, write "Sheets".

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The head of RIAA against moles: the law DMCA became outdated and is not effective any more

2 years, 1 month ago
imageCari Sherman, the chairman of the board of directors and the CEO of the American association of record companies (Recording Industry Association of America, RIAA) in small a recent blogozapisa in the Forbes log, expressed the opinion on the American "Copyright law during a digital era" (Digital Millennium Copyright Act, DMCA). According to him, the law both is insufficiently severe, and became outdated and therefore allows "pirates" to bypass bans with ease.

Sherman considers that attempts of owners to influence piracy resources on the Internet through the Internet companies remind a toy of "whack-a-mole" ("hurt a mole"). Therefore in spite of the fact that many companies delete links to pirated content, but, unfortunately for RIAA, they do it only after the corresponding requests. And on the modern Internet repeated links and places for downloading appear quicker, than owners manage to react to them.

In this regard there is paradoxical, according to Sherman, a situation when at record popularity of music, income gained by owners of a copyright falls.

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The song "Happy Birthday To You" a judgment is declared by property of the public

2 years, 1 month ago
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On September 22 the song "Happy Birthday To You" famous even not to the English-speaking people (happy birthday to you) the resolution of the federal judge was declared by property of the public. Business lasted two years — Warner/Chappell Music claimed that they have rights to this song and received payments for its use.

A claim was submitted in June, 2013 by the director-documentary film maker Jennifer Nelson [Jennifer Nelson] on behalf of her Good Morning to You Productions company. She removed a dokumentalka about this song and she had to pay $1500 for its use. It based the on research of professor Robert Braunis [Robert Brauneis] who after long studying of a question, in 2008 came to a conclusion that "this song almost for certain does not get under action of a copyright" the claim.

Nelson demanded to return a royalty not only her, but also all other directors and producers using this song and paying for its use. In a week in other court other claimant, band of Rupa Marya which had to pay $3000 for use of a song in due time made a similar inquiry. As a result claims were integrated.

The tune comes from 1893 when the school teacher from Kentucky Pattie Hill with the sister Mildred Hill thought up the song for kindergarten peanuts under the name "Good Morning To All". Initially it had words the following:

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Segway filed a lawsuit against the vendor of the two-wheeled autobalancing boards

2 years, 2 months ago
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The police officer using Segway

The Segway company which paved the way to the two-wheeled automatically balancing vehicles filed a lawsuit against inventors of similar gadgets, the Inventist company. Trial is connected with the fact that Segway accuses Inventist of violation of the patent legislation.

Inventist successfully came for crowd funding with the two-wheeled board of Hovertrax. This device looks simpler and Segway weighs less, than. A simple board with platforms for legs and two wheels on each side. Easy inclinations a foot it is possible to regulate movement speed, to go backwards, forward, and to turn on site. The device works from the accumulator, and passes about 10-15 km on one charging.

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Video with the dancing girl on YouTube is recognized legal

2 years, 2 months ago


After five years (!) of judicial proceedings the Appellate court of the ninth district of the USA recognized that the Universal Music studio broke the law DMCA, having sent to YouTube the requirement to delete the 30-second video with the girl by the name of Stephanie Lenz (Stephanie Lenz) who dances in kitchen to music Prins. The court decided that Universal Music did not consider the principle of "fair use" (fair use).

It is quite surprising that the amateur roller of 2007 became a subject of so long trial especially as also there almost not to sort a background music. During a legal lawsuit Little Stephanie went to school and, probably, learned to read independently judicial documents on the business.

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Nintendo purchased the rights to the pornofilm based on Super Mario that to bury him

2 years, 2 months ago
In 1993 movie theaters the movie "Mario's Superbrothers" with Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo in leading roles came out. At the budget in forty eight million dollars the movie did not collect in rolling and half from this sum.

The same year there were two other movies based on the well-known series of the games Nintendo: pornographic pictures Super Hornio Brothers and Super Hornio Brothers II. The movie was one, but because of its duration it was separated into two parts. The leading role in the movie was played by Ron Jeremy.

But the most interesting that the rights to pornofilms about adventures of Super Hornio Brothers were purchased by the Nintendo company. I suggest to remember this history in day of the thirtieth anniversary from the date of release of the game Super Mario Brothers.


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283 developers took part in the PopcornTime project already

2 years, 2 months ago


Swear at business of the Argentina developer Federico Abad who wanted to make the reliable program allowing to watch movies without problems and show for the, lives. And it in spite of the fact that the largest owners, sound recording studios and the Hollywood companies, aim to block air to all who participate in development of the project. Nevertheless, since the beginning of 2014 283 developers laid a hand to the program already.

Now there are several application versions, and the most popular of them total millions of users. Naturally, software developers are also interested in improvement of the program. Tens of programmers improve the program also now, correcting errors and adding new functions.

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The creator of Popcorn Time wanted to develop striming-service for mother

2 years, 2 months ago


The biggest advantage of Popcorn Time is an ease in use. The application is so simple that any person, even the one who never heard anything about torrents, striming-services and other can work with it. It is known that in Popcorn Time the BitTorrent protocol which in the course several years is used. The minimalist and rational interface, nice design — one pluses.

It appears, simplicity and laconicism of Popcorn Time did not appear accidentally. The creator of Popcorn Time, the Argentina developer Federico Abad, created the application, remembering that he will use the program his mother.

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The photoagency accused the log of use of a spot from the photo

2 years, 2 months ago
The hacker log 2600 received warning from Trunk Archive: according to representatives of the company, the log stole a pattern of an ink spot. A spot which was in the upper left corner of the original image.

But also "the original image" was not so original.

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World capital of patent law

2 years, 2 months ago
Once a month the Fund of electronic boundaries (EFF) declares the next winner in the nomination "The Most Stupid Patent of Month". In August by right the patent troll of Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations got this proud rank. In 2006 RCDI took out the patent for the concept of the mixer somehow managed via the Internet, and in 2014 managed to extend action of the patent for remote control via the Internet in general: "any system where a "remote server" "transmits" a "product preference" to a product via a "communication module"".

On this basis of RCDI already filed a lawsuit against the hardware manufacturer for smart houses of ADT. Actually, the inventor (allegedly) smart crock-pot applies for license payments now from everything that makes the Internet of things today.

As you understand, a crazy claim was submitted to district court of East district of the State of Texas.

How? You do not understand? Then read further.

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