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Kickass Torrents Has Been Knocked Offline By US Copyright Police

The alleged owner of Kickass Torrents (KAT) has been arrested for copyright infringement with all site domains seized by US authorities. The upshot of this is that the site is down; possibly for good.


Ask LH: Will I Get Busted For Ripping Bali DVDs To My Macbook?

Dear Lifehacker, I have made many trips to Bali and now have over 100 cheap DVDs purchased from market stalls over there. I like to travel but carrying around 100 DVDs isn’t very efficient. I was thinking about moving them onto my MacBook but don’t want to get in trouble for breaking copyright. Am I allowed to transfer these DVDs to a MacBook or is this considered pirating?


Copyright Infringement Saw GitHub Shut Down 8200 Projects During 2015

It’s easy to forget that GitHub can host any sort of content, not just source code and data for your personal or business projects. This means GitHub can unintentionally become a server of copyright-infringing material, a fact the company takes seriously — it shut down over 8200 projects during 2015, with nearly 6000 closed in September alone.


Ask LH: Can I Use Copyrighted Art On My Free Album Cover?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m a music artist that’s planning on releasing some music. I was wondering if I could edit this picture and use it for a single/album cover? I found it online and don’t know who made it. My album will likely be put out for free/non-profit use.


It's Time To Future-Proof Australia's Copyright Laws For The 21st Century

The award-winning Australian author Jackie French is wrong. In her open letter, she blasts the Productivity Commission’s report on intellectual property, released last month. The report, though, makes a number of sensible recommendations that will help modernise Australia’s copyright laws for the 21st century. Economically, the report is rigorous and comprehensive.


Australians Should Be Allowed To Circumvent Geoblocking: Productivity Commission

Australian consumers should be allowed to use technologies like VPNs and proxies to defeat the efforts of companies like Netflix and HBO that stop them from accessing digital content libraries from other countries. That’s the thrust of a Productivity Commission draft report into overhauling Australia’s existing copyright laws that has just been released.


Is It Legal To Screen A Movie In Your Own Backyard?

Consumer projectors, while not exactly mainstream, have gained some popularity and some people use them in backyards to host their own mini cinema screening of movies. But with all the high-profile copyright infringement cases flying around in recent years, it’s worth looking at whether running your own backyard cinema is legal or not.


Netflix Blocking Your VPN? Here's How To Build Your Own

Over the past few weeks, Netflix has been cracking down on Australians that use virtual private networks (VPNs) to access the company’s much larger US library. If you’re one of the many customers who have been blocked, it’s possible to build your own personal cloud VPN. Here are the steps you need to take, along with the legalities involved.


Is It Legal To Cosplay Characters You Don't Own?

Cosplay has existed as a hobby for decades now — with most people having ‘cosplayed’ in some way or another for costumed events or parties. Now that people have started making money from it, cosplay’s legal status has been thrown into question as a practice that leans heavily on using various companies’ intellectual property.


It's Over: Dallas Buyers Club Gives Up On iiNet Piracy Court Case

The rights owners of the Dallas Buyers Club film have finally thrown in the towel on its piracy court case against ISP iiNet. Dallas Buyers Club LLC (DBC LLC) launched legal action against iiNet and several smaller ISPs in late 2014 to acquire details on their subscribers that were suspected of illegally downloading the movie. The rights holders eventually lost the court case but had the right to appealed. Now the court battle is officially over.


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