NYPD Covering Badge Numbers at Protests Violate Own Policy


The National Lawyers Guild threatened to sue the city if NYPD officers did not end the widespread practice of covering their badge numbers.

Source: NYPD Covering Badge Numbers at Protests Violate Own Policy

Don’t Use the Word ‘Did’ or a Dumb Anti-Piracy Company Will Delete You From Google – TorrentFreak


In 2018, the owner of Two-Bit History, a site dedicated to computer history, wrote a successful article about mathematician Ada Lovelace, who some credit as being the first computer programmer. Sadly, if you search Google for that article today you won’t find it. Some idiotic anti-piracy company had it deleted because it dared to use the word ‘did’.

Source: Don’t Use the Word ‘Did’ or a Dumb Anti-Piracy Company Will Delete You From Google – TorrentFreak

All DMCA Notices Filed Against TorrentFreak in 2019 Were Bogus – TorrentFreak

During 2019, TorrentFreak has regularly reported on the controversial DMCA-related takedown efforts of entertainment companies and their anti-piracy partners. This year several were targeted at our own site, having been filed against us with Google. We can proudly (but sadly) report that every single one of them was completely bogus.

Source: All DMCA Notices Filed Against TorrentFreak in 2019 Were Bogus – TorrentFreak

Marvin Gaye Family Not Done With Pharrell Just Yet: Bring Him Back To Court Claiming Perjury | Techdirt

in a new filing by the Gaye Estate (first noted by THREsq), they’re claiming that Pharrell perjured himself in his deposition by saying that he had no intention to channel Gaye

Source: Marvin Gaye Family Not Done With Pharrell Just Yet: Bring Him Back To Court Claiming Perjury | Techdirt

Want To See Pete Davidson Do Standup? There’s An NDA You Have To Sign First… | Techdirt

Whatever you do, never tweet at a Pete Davidson comedy show. The “Saturday Night Live” cast member has recently been doling out non-disclosure agreements before each of his recent comedy shows.Most recently, fans attending Davidson’s standup at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco were asked to sign a lengthy contract that forbade them from tweeting or instagramming any opinions about the performance.

Source: Want To See Pete Davidson Do Standup? There’s An NDA You Have To Sign First… | Techdirt

‘Royalty-Free’ Music Supplied By YouTube Results in Mass Video Demonetization – TorrentFreak

A YouTuber who used a royalty-free track supplied by YouTube itself has had all of his videos copyright claimed by companies including SonyATV and Warner Chappell. According to the music outfits, Matt Lownes’ use the use of the track ‘Dreams’ by Joakim Karud means that they are now entitled to all of his revenue.

Source: ‘Royalty-Free’ Music Supplied By YouTube Results in Mass Video Demonetization – TorrentFreak

Devin Nunes Demands Satirical Internet Cow Stop Making Fun Of Him… Or Else | Techdirt

Nunes’ lawyer in the case has sent a threatening demand letter to Andrew Janz, a lawyer and state prosecutor who ran against Nunes in the last election and lost (much more narrowly than many people seemed to expect). The full letter is truly a piece of work, demanding Janz make the @DevinCow account stop making fun of Devin Nunes and issue an apology.

Source: Devin Nunes Demands Satirical Internet Cow Stop Making Fun Of Him… Or Else | Techdirt

Monsanto Behind GOP Effort to Defund Cancer Researchers

IN 2015, the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm, the v, classified glyphosate, an active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, as a “probable carcinogen,” setting off a global debate about the world’s most popular weedkiller.Over the last four years, Republicans in Congress have excoriated and pushed to defund the IARC, casting their defense of the chemical as a quest on behalf of small American farmers. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., has written that his outrage over the cancer research is on behalf of the “farmers and food manufacturers who rely on traditional farming methods to produce the food that fuels America — and the world.”But according to a recent trove of documents, the ongoing political assault on the IARC has been scripted in part by Monsanto, the St. Louis-based chemical and seed conglomerate that produces Roundup and Roundup-resistant crops.

Source: Monsanto Behind GOP Effort to Defund Cancer Researchers

Elsevier Tries To Lie About University Of California’s Contract Negotiation; UC Shows Its Receipts | Techdirt

You may recall that, back in March, we were excited to hear the news that the University of California had cancelled its Elsevier subscription, after Elsevier was unwilling to support UC’s goal of universal open access to all of its research (while simultaneously cutting back on the insane costs that Elsevier charged). Apparently the fight between Elsevier and UC has continued, and it’s getting nasty.

Source: Elsevier Tries To Lie About University Of California’s Contract Negotiation; UC Shows Its Receipts | Techdirt