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Modding Video Games Is Good For The Original Game Creators And Future Game Developers

Earlier this year we talked about how a video game mod, DayZ, breathed new life into a 2 year old game, ARMA 2. This game was not a critical success by any means at release, but because the developer welcomed and made possible the ability for others to… Continue reading

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Biggest Critic Of NBC’s Awful Olympic Coverage Has Twitter Account Suspended For Tweeting NBC Exec’s Email

One of the loudest critics of NBC Universal’s awful Olympics coverage was Guy Adams, who certainly wasn’t pulling any punches with his Olympics-related tweets. Either way he was a bit surprised to find his account suspended. When he sought to find ou… Continue reading

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MTV Europe Has Things To Say About Piracy And/Or Loading Bars Being Bad For Musicians

I don't know what a good anti-piracy ad looks like. I don't think I've ever seen one. Most of these promos come across with all the subtlety of a stereotypical Jewish grandmother bearing a sledgehammer, continually bashing the observer over… Continue reading

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Not Wise: French T-Shirt Company Tries To Trademark Anonymous Logo

Via Asher Wolf, we learn that a French company by the name of Early Flicker, who appears to focus on making and selling pop-culture referencing t-shirts, has applied for a trademark on Anonymous’ logo and slogan (pdf and embedded below).

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Yet Again, Netflix Class Action Shows That Class Action Lawsuits Are Mostly About Making Lawyers Rich

For years, we’ve been pointing out that our class action lawsuit system is broken. It makes sense, in theory, that if a large group of people are wronged, they can team up to right that wrong—but in practice it has morphed into a system where a … Continue reading

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UK Politicians Don’t Seem To Mind That Every Web Page You Load Is Copyright Infringement Under Current Law

Last year Techdirt wrote about the almost unbelievable Meltwater decision in the UK, where the courts said that viewing a Web page without the owner’s permission was copyright infringement. In November last year, leave was granted to Meltwater to make… Continue reading

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Dear Permission Culture: This Is Why No One Wants To Ask For Your OK

“Just ask for permission.”

When it comes to dealing with the “permission culture” that goes hand-in-hand with copyright these days, there's really no way to win. Certain rights holders claim they just want to be asked, but the actual process invol… Continue reading

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Giving Users a Quick Disguised Exit From a Website

A reader wrote in with a really interesting and important question. The answer might save people from harm or literally save lives.

I am redesigning a website for domestic abuse victims. The director of the program wants me to include a button that victims can click to hide the window if they are caught. I don’t know what options are available for me regarding something like this. Any suggestions?

The first thing I thought of was the literal tech stuff: …

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Let Your Senator Know Right Now That You Are Watching If They’ll Vote To Protect Privacy

On Friday, we mentioned that this week is the week in which the Senate will wrangle over the new Cybersecurity bill. The current bill has some privacy safeguards, but not nearly enough. Senators Al Franken and Rand Paul have put together an amendment… Continue reading

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NBC: We Have No Clue Who Tim Berners-Lee Is, But Without Our Commentary, You Wouldn’t Understand The Olympics

Oh, NBC. You've locked down the Olympics and made some serious half-assed efforts towards providing extensive coverage that takes advantage of the always-connected world and yet… you just can't help stepping in it on opening night.

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