Researchers: payment processors the key to piracy fight

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An international study suggests current efforts to crack down on piracy on “one-click” or “cyberlocker” sites are largely ineffective. The authors suggest the most productive way to reduce piracy on such sites is to follow the money. The research was carried out at Boston’s Northeastern University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Vienna […]

Google pays up in news snippet dispute

Google is paying around $6.5 million Belgian newspapers who complained that Google News violated its copyright. But the company is very keen to stress that this is not a payment for using the content itself. As in several countries, the case centered on Google’s use of “snippets”, short extracts of newspaper articles that appear on […]

Facebook vote vote won’t save vote

The users of Facebook are overwhelmingly voting to save their right to vote on Facebook, but the vote almost certainly won’t count. The admittedly confusing situation involves a little known Facebook rule that took effect in 2009 after the company sparked a storm of complaints when it appeared to claim greater rights over uploaded material. […]