Jailbreaking now legal under DMCA for smartphones, but not tablets

No more unlocking

In 2006 and 2010, the Librarian of Congress had permitted users to unlock their phones to take them to a new carrier. Now that’s coming to an end. While the new rules do contain a provision allowing phone unlocking, it comes with a crippling caveat: the phone must have been “originally acquired from the operator of a wireless telecommunications network or retailer no later than ninety days after the effective date of this exemption.”

In other words, phones you already have, as well as those purchased between now and next January, can be unlocked. But phones purchased after January 2013 can only be unlocked with the carrier’s permission.

The reasons for the distinction include that none can be made about what is a tablet.

Photo Attorney Receives a DMCA Take Down Notice!

As a photographer, author, and copyright attorney, I’ve prepared and sent for myself and on my clients’ behalf many DMCA Take Down Notices.  I also am always careful to honor the copyrights of others!

So you can imagine my surprise when I received an email from Go Daddy today stating that someone had reported that I had infringed his copyright.  So Go Daddy took down my entire wildlife photography website normally located at www.vividwildlife.com!  The most amazing thing is the infringer identified my photos as his (one of which placed in a national photo contest) and claimed that my website infringed my images!

So the struck eagle, stretch’d upon the plain,
No more through rolling clouds to soar again,
View’d his own feather on the fatal dart,
And wing’d the shaft that quiver’d in his heart.

– Lord Byron, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809),

More footshooting here: Copyright Corruption Scandal Surrounds Anti-Piracy Campaign. These are the people we want do endow with further privileges to rule communication? Rhetorical.

The $500,000,000 Cost of Google???s Five Million DMCA Notices

If I told you that the DMCA notice system at Google alone was taking $500,000,000 a year out of the already beaten down global creative community, would you say that is such a staggering sum it can???t be right?  I think you???ll find that number is actually a low estimate based on Google???s own figures.  It makes a $100 million advance for licensing to Google Music look like chump change because it is.