Why does the Mouse House hate Christmas?

How else to explain it suddenly pulling its Christmas movies from Amazon until July. Yup. You read it right. Christmas cartoons in July.

Newest YouTube user to fight a takedown is copyright guru Lawrence Lessig

Illegitimate or simply unnecessary copyright claims are, unfortunately, commonplace in the Internet era. But if there's one person who's probably not going to back down from a claim of copyright infringement, it's probably Larry Lessig, one of the foremost writers and thinkers on digital-age copyright. Lessig has been ...

Copyright trolls rock and roll in Georgia

If you want to know the standard of legal arguments among the copyright patent trolls, you need look no further than the Prenda case in Georgia.

YouTube beats Big Content rap

Attempts by Big Content to accuse YouTube of piracy have crashed into the iceberg which is the US legal system.

'Six strikes' anti-piracy measures begin

The 'six strikes' system of copyright regulation has started rolling out over the last 24 hours, notifying consumers when they download music, movies and games illegally.

Things get expensive for Google in France

The French government has released proposals to tax online businesses for the collection of personal data, in a move that would dramatically increase their currently-tiny tax bills.

'Six strikes' anti-piracy measures postponed until next year

Plans for a big crackdown on illegal downloading have been postponed, because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Facebook responds to privacy meme hoax

Facebook has officially responded to a false copyright meme spreading across the social network which has been re-posted by millions of users in recent days.

Illegal downloads given stiff penalties in Japan

Japan is to introduce tough penalties for internet users who download copyright-infringing material - with fines of up to $25,700 and a potential two-year jail term.

DRM bot shuts down sci-fi awards broadcast

An awards ceremony streamed over the weekend by Ustream abruptly went black because a digital rights management tool used by the company reckoned copyright was being infringed and automatically shut it down.

SurfTheChannel owner gets four years in jail

The British owner of video-linking service SurfTheChannel has been sentenced to four years in prison following a private prosecution by copyright owners.

Copyright accusations to influence Google search results

Google's to start demoting sites in its search results that receive large numbers of valid copyright-infringement notices - delighting the content industry, but worrying free-speech campaigners.

EA and Zynga trade insults in copyright battle

Electronic Arts is suing Zynga, claiming that Zynga's The Ville violates its copyright.

Judge allows Aereo to keep streaming service open

Aereo, which has been streaming a broadcast TV to New York subscribers, has had a victory in court, with a judge refusing to grant a preliminary injunction shutting the service down.

US government leads requests for Twitter user data

Following in Google's foosteps, Twitter has for the first time produced a Transparency Report, showing that the US government requested more user information than any other in the first half of this year.

Dotcom search warrants ruled illegal

A New Zealand judge has ruled that the search warrants against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom were invalid, and that data shouldn't have been handed to the FBI.

Jimmy Wales steps in to try and halt extradition

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is calling for the US to abandon its attempt to extradite British student Richard O'Dwyer over alleged copyright offenses.

APIs can't be copyrighted, says judge in Oracle case

Oracle's intellectual property lawsuit against Google has finally fallen apart completely with a ruling from the judge in the case, William Alsup, that APIs can't be copyrighted.

Microsoft objects to millions of Google search results

Google's released a list of copyright-related take-down requests - and nearly half of them came from Microsoft, it says.

Original RickRoll'D video knocked offline

Many Internet users are big fans of pranks and memes. I've certainly RickRolled more than a few people in my day, just for grins, and I bet many of you have too.