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HistoryPics and Gawker media: building audiences on copyrighted works, without permission.

"Look at Buzzfeed. Their business model is more or less using copyright images."

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Silicon Valley: where free labor is even better than cheap labor.

An article in the L.A. Times, mentioned there's a new scheme to help rehabilitate prisoners. Thanks to our friends in Silicon Valley. A high-tech incubator known as The Last Mile has been launched in Northern California's San Quentin State Prison. I guess it's kind of an incubator within an incubator, considering they're prisoners and all.

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Did Iron Maiden turn piracy into paying customers? No.

Jeez Louise you'd think at this point people would smell a rat quicker but apparently not.

Back on December 20th, CITEworld posted this glowing article about how heavy metal legends Iron Maiden were learning how to profit from piracy. The article implied that UK-based analytics company Musicmetric were tracking analytics from Iron Maiden downloads on torrent sites to see where they were most popular.

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Kanye West sued for infringement

First the guy has the audacity to create the world's worst video for "Bound 2." Now we come to understand that the amazing sample--rhe one that gets stuck in your head over and over of the child singer dripping with darkness and queasy greasy awesomeness repeating "Bound to fall in Love" over and over, has been straight up ripped off.

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Live in the UK? Your taxes are supporting piracy.

The City Of London police recently wrapped up Operation Creative--a name which will surely make Adland readers snicker. The crackdown on brand supported copyright theft was swift and hard. But only a month later, and Kernel Magazine is reporting very little has changed. Some of the largest gambling companies in the world are still advertising on these sites. And a lot of British public sector brands, too.

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More artists speaking out: Claude Coleman Jr.

For a while, Big Data could afford to turn a deaf ear to content creators, and the reason why was simple. No one wanted to speak out about unfair treatment at the hands of Big Tech because they feared receiving the same backlash that Lars Ulrich said. Thankfully, some artists realized, what Lars Ulrich said was, however non-finessed in word choice-- correct. Also it is important to note that it was fifteen years ago.

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Facebook & Zuckerberg is King, even if I didn't vote for him.

The Guardian spells out doom. Zuckerberg is King, even if I didn't vote for him. In "Why Facebook's new Open Graph makes us all part of the web underclass" Adrian Short even pulls out the old 'if you're not paying for it, you are the product', a cliché I am also guilty of using when hating on Facebook. He dubs the phenomena of 'if you're not on Facebook you're not on the web' to antisocial networking.

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