Game Developer Admits It Filed Bogus Copyright Claims, But Says It Had No Other Way To Silence A Critic | Techdirt

If you can’t stand the heat, whip out the DMCA notices, I guess. Earlier this week, in response to criticism, a game developer hit a YouTuber with dozens of bogus DMCA claims. “Eroktic,” who has posted several videos of him playing Battlestate Games’ multiplayer shooter “Escape from Tarkov,” was on the receiving end of nearly 50 claims.Rather than pretend this is about copyright by claiming it didn’t give Eroktic permission to use footage of its game, the Russian developer has been surprisingly open about its abuse of the DMCA system. Comments given to Polygon’s Charlie Hall show Battlestate is well aware it’s misusing YouTube’s copyright claim process, but says that’s the only way it can protect its good name.

Source: Game Developer Admits It Filed Bogus Copyright Claims, But Says It Had No Other Way To Silence A Critic | Techdirt

Monster Energy Fails Its Attempt To Claim That Its Beverages Are Indistinguishable From Industrial Paint | Techdirt

As Monster Energy doesn’t have trademarks for those classes, all it can really be suggesting is that there would be some confusion in the public that Monster Dip’s products were associated in some way with Monster Energy’s. And that suggestion sure sounds like Monster Energy suggesting that the public may not be able to tell its energy drink beverages from industrial paint. Which is amazing. I mean, I’ve had this exact thought for years, but getting Monster Energy to admit as much is deeply satisfying.

Source: Monster Energy Fails Its Attempt To Claim That Its Beverages Are Indistinguishable From Industrial Paint | Techdirt

School Contractor in Texas Denied Work Over Pro-Israel Loyalty Oath

A CHILDREN’S SPEECH PATHOLOGIST who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic, and speech-impaired elementary school students in Austin, Texas, has been told she can no longer work with the public school district after she refused to sign an oath vowing that she “does not” and “will not” engage in a boycott of Israel or “otherwise tak[e] any action that is intended to inflict economic harm” on that foreign nation. A lawsuit on her behalf was filed early Monday morning in a federal court in the Western District of Texas alleging a violation of her First Amendment right of free speech.

Source: School Contractor in Texas Denied Work Over Pro-Israel Loyalty Oath

Canary Mission’s Blacklist of Pro-Palestine Activists Is Taking a Toll


Activists blacklisted by Canary Mission say they’ve experienced anxiety, and now find themselves stepping back from pro-Palestine advocacy as a result.

Source: Canary Mission’s Blacklist of Pro-Palestine Activists Is Taking a Toll

Canadian Politician Hangs Out With Racists; Issues Legal Threats To People Calling Him A Racist | Techdirt

A Canadian politician is getting upset — litigiously upset — that people are characterizing him by the company he keeps. Parliament member Kerry Diotte’s legal rep (Arthur Hamilton of Cassel Brock Lawyers) has sent takedown demands to a handful of Twitter users for calling him a racist.Bashir Mohamed was one such user. His tweet called Diotte a racist for “openly associating” with “white supremacists like Faith Goldy.” Goldy was, until recently, a correspondent for the Breitbart-esque Rebel Media. Rebel Media is run by another pal of Diotte’s, Ezra Levant, who has shown support for white nationalist groups like the one that headed up the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally that ended with a car being driven into the crowd by someone with white nationalist views.

Source: Canadian Politician Hangs Out With Racists; Issues Legal Threats To People Calling Him A Racist | Techdirt

New Acting Attorney General Part Of A Patent Scam Company Recently Shut Down By The FTC And Fined Millions | Techdirt

Whitaker played a key role in a patent promotion scam company that was recently fined millions of dollars by the FTC. And, Whitaker apparently used his former job as an Assistant US Attorney to try to intimidate an unhappy “customer” of this firm away from filing a Better Business Bureau complaint. In other words, not only is Whitaker associated with a scammy patent marketing company, he also abused his former title in an effort to create a chilling effect on someone’s speech.

Source: New Acting Attorney General Part Of A Patent Scam Company Recently Shut Down By The FTC And Fined Millions | Techdirt

Swedish ISP Protests ‘Site Blocking’ by Blocking Rightsholders Website Too – TorrentFreak


Bahnhof has suffered a major defeat against publisher Elsevier after a court ordered the Swedish ISP to block a series of domain names, including Sci-Hub. The decision goes against everything the company stands for but it can’t ignore the blocking order. Instead, the ISP has gone on the offensive by blocking Elsevier’s own website and barring the court from visiting Bahnhof.se.

Source: Swedish ISP Protests ‘Site Blocking’ by Blocking Rightsholders Website Too – TorrentFreak

Interpol Alert Issued By Turkey For Exiled Journalists President Erdogan Wants To Toss In Jail | Techdirt

Journalism in Turkey has come under renewed scrutiny after an Istanbul court issued an international arrest warrant for two prominent writers living overseas.In a hearing against journalists linked to the Cumhuriyet newspaper, the 27th High Criminal Court said it would request the issuance of Interpol “red notices” for Can Dundar and Ilhan Tanir. The order notifies all Interpol member states that the individual has pending arrest warrants.Mr Dundar, the newspaper’s former editor-in-chief, and Mr Tanir, its ex-Washington correspondent, currently live in Germany and the US respectively.

Source: Interpol Alert Issued By Turkey For Exiled Journalists President Erdogan Wants To Toss In Jail | Techdirt

Epic Games Likely DMCA’d Its Own Fortnite Trailer, Showing The Problems With YouTube’s DMCA Process Yet Again | Techdirt

A Fortnite season 6 trailer was briefly taken down earlier this week, after receiving a strike from YouTube for copyright infringement. That alone would be strange enough, since trailers and promotional videos typically secure the rights to any third-party media ahead of time. But the real kicker here is who issued the claim: according to a screengrab posted to Reddit, it was none other than Fortnite’s own developer, Epic Games.

Source: Epic Games Likely DMCA’d Its Own Fortnite Trailer, Showing The Problems With YouTube’s DMCA Process Yet Again | Techdirt

Texas Cops Seize Anti-GOP Sign From Homeowner’s Lawn | Techdirt


As one does in this age of social media telegraphy, outraged parties brought this to the attention of a local politician with a sizable following — Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller — who dumped his own petrol on the partisan bonfire by posting it to Facebook and calling it an example of “Democrat sleaze.” He also claimed the picture was supposed to be “Judge Kavanaugh’s young daughter” — a claim made without supporting evidence but with the amplification of 738,000 Facebook followers.Shortly thereafter, Marion Stanford began receiving threats. Unfortunately, this is the predictable part of the backlash. Stanford also received a visit from local law enforcement, which was a bit less predictable. But they weren’t there about the threats. They were there about the sign, as the Dallas Morning News reports.

Source: Texas Cops Seize Anti-GOP Sign From Homeowner’s Lawn | Techdirt