Google goes from “info wants to be free” to “misuse of info can cost you”!

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“Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site,” said Google SVP of engineering Amit Singhal in a blog post. He went on to say, “Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results.”

Perhaps the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and its safe harbor provisions are impacting Google’s policies in more ways than believed possible early on given the company’s previous stance on access to copyrighted information.

Source: InformationWeek.com “Google Joins Copyright Police” August 13, 2012

Recording Industry Gives DMCA a Failing Grade

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Yesterday, CNET reported the Recording Industry Association of America said on Monday, “current U.S. copyright law is so broken that it “isn’t working” for content creators any longer.”

The RIAA complained that certain loopholes allow OSPs to turn a blind eye to alleged infringing activities via their servers.

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New Rules on Circumventing Circumvention Released Today

The Librarian of Congress, on the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, has announced the classes of works subject to the exemption from the prohibition in 17 U.S.C. section 1201(a)(1) against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works (The Digital Millennium Copyright Act).

Persons making non-infringing uses of six classes of works will not be subject to the prohibition against circumventing access controls until the conclusion of the next rule-making. The exemptions cover access to motion pictures on DVD, computer programs, video games and electronic books under certain circumstances.

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