Some copyright and media related links for Thursday (title refers to a line from 1979’s When a Stranger Calls).
•Warner Brothers recently demanded Google take down dozens of allegedly infringing websites … including Warner Brothers’ own websites.
•Last year a German company with some aggressive views on copyright demanded a list of takedowns including Skype, Dropbox and Whatsapp.
•Another reminder that archiving online doesn’t guarantee permanence.
•Pirate Joe’s is a Canadian company that buys Trader Joe’s merchandise and sells it at markup north of the border. Trader Joe’s has some issues.
•Mark Zuckerberg insists Facebook is not a media company. Consumerist suggests he’s mistaken.
•A proposed change in European copyright law could require news aggregators such as Google News to pay the media for using their material.
•You may recall the “monkey selfie” dispute over whether a human photographer could claim copyright to pictures a macaque shot with his camera. Another aspect to the dispute is whether the monkey can hold copyright.
•The Electronic Frontier Foundation and other groups have asked the FTC to require labeling locked digital content.
•”He couldn’t see a belt without hitting beneath it” and other classic political insults.