Guy In Charge Of EU Copyright Directive Claims He Didn’t Know What He Voted On, Needs To Fix Things | Techdirt

Incredibly, after the vote approving the directive, reporter Emanuel Karisten of the Swedish publication Breakit, asked Voss about this and Voss gave a fairly astounding answer, stating that “this was kind of a mistake” and that “no one had been aware of this.”

Source: Guy In Charge Of EU Copyright Directive Claims He Didn’t Know What He Voted On, Needs To Fix Things | Techdirt

YouTube’s Content-ID Flags Music Prof’s Public Domain Beethoven and Wagner Uploads (Updated) – TorrentFreak


YouTube’s Content ID system aims to protect copyright holders but in some cases works against the public interest. After German music professor Dr. Ulrich Kaiser had one of his educational videos flagged, he ran a test which shows that public domain performances of Beethoven, Wagner, and other long deceased composers, are not safe from YouTube’s upload filters.

Source: YouTube’s Content-ID Flags Music Prof’s Public Domain Beethoven and Wagner Uploads (Updated) – TorrentFreak

Dutch Government Prosecuting Dutch Citizen For Insulting Turkish President Recep Erdogan | Techdirt

Erdogan knows the laws of foreign countries at least as well as he knows his own. He’s found another “insulting a friendly foreign head of state” law on the books in the Netherlands and has successfully demanded punishment for this violation of a foreign law by a foreign citizen.This is an unacceptable turn of events. Just because the law is on the books doesn’t mean Dutch prosecutors have to actually prosecute anyone. Laws are broken every day, and even those incidents that law enforcement witness don’t always result in charges. For this person, there’s the possibility of a 6-8 month jail sentence for comparing Erdogan to Hitler, which isn’t that much of a stretch.

Source: Dutch Government Prosecuting Dutch Citizen For Insulting Turkish President Recep Erdogan | Techdirt

MSNBC Does Not Merely Permit Fabrications Against Democratic Party Critics. It Encourages and Rewards Them.

The network routinely allows outright lies to stand if aimed at critics of Democrats, especially fabricated allegations of being Kremlin agents. The latest is Malcolm Nance.

Source: MSNBC Does Not Merely Permit Fabrications Against Democratic Party Critics. It Encourages and Rewards Them.

Police Union Upset Not All Books Paint Cops As Heroes, Calls For Removal Of Titles From School’s Reading List | Techdirt

Community members, cops, and parents in one South Carolina school district are all pushing back against two summer reading books they believe propagate anti-police feelings. The books, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, were on a list of four titles for students taking an English 1 College Prep course. Both books mentioned have received numerous awards and accolades, including the Coretta Scott King Honor.

Source: Police Union Upset Not All Books Paint Cops As Heroes, Calls For Removal Of Titles From School’s Reading List | Techdirt

Young Jews Walk Out of Birthright Trip to See the Reality of Occupied Palestine Firsthand


Five program participants took a stand against the program that offers free trips to Israel for young Jewish people in the diaspora.

Source: Young Jews Walk Out of Birthright Trip to See the Reality of Occupied Palestine Firsthand

“Inventor of email” appeals ruling that tossed his libel suit against Techdirt | Ars Technica

Lawyers representing the Massachusetts man who for years has made a highly-controversial claim that he invented email have filed their appeal in an ongoing lawsuit brought against the tech news site, Techdirt.The appeal to the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals comes more than a year after a federal judge dismissed the libel lawsuit brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, an entrepreneur who is now also running as a longshot candidate for the United States Senate.

Source: “Inventor of email” appeals ruling that tossed his libel suit against Techdirt | Ars Technica

French Political Party Voting For Mandatory Copyright Filters Is Furious That Its YouTube Channel Deleted By Filter | Techdirt

Source: French Political Party Voting For Mandatory Copyright Filters Is Furious That Its YouTube Channel Deleted By Filter | Techdirt

Flight Sim Company Threatens Reddit Mods Over “Libelous” DRM Posts – TorrentFreak

Flight sim company FlightSimLabs caused controversy earlier this year after embedding malware in its software to tackle piracy. Now the company is at the center of a new storm after unhappy users on Reddit reported anti-piracy files being installed into Windows systems folders. In response, FlightSimLabs have threatened Reddit mods with legal action, for not doing enough to tackle ‘libel’.

Source: Flight Sim Company Threatens Reddit Mods Over “Libelous” DRM Posts – TorrentFreak

The Curious Takedown Notices of ‘Tongues of Glass’ Poet Shaun Shane – TorrentFreak

Five years ago the case first made headlines when On Press Inc. started hounding people on social media because they dared to recite the single line poem, which consists of just eighteen words.At the time, Techdirt reported on the issue, which was quickly picked up by others including BoingBoing, professor Michael Geist, and lawyer Ken White at Popehat. Needless to say, the number of poem recitals only increased.On Press Inc. wasn’t happy with the coverage. Responding to the media attention, the company asked Google to remove links to the poem from its search engine.This effort backfired in an even bigger way. Not only did it lead to more articles, Google also rejected most of the requests. Even worse, the poem was also posted in full in the Lumen database, where copies of Google’s DMCA notices are published.Fast forward five years and the Tongues Made of Glass poem is back on the radar. This time it appears to be author ‘Shaun Shane’ himself who’s sending takedown notices to Google.

Source: The Curious Takedown Notices of ‘Tongues of Glass’ Poet Shaun Shane – TorrentFreak