Anne Frank's Diary and Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf Both Enter the Public Domain on Friday

Brendan O'Connor · 12/30/15 11:40PM

A copyright fight is brewing in Europe this week as the deadline after which two key WWII-era texts will fall within the public domain steadily approaches. In Europe, a book becomes public domain 70 years after the author’s death, on the first day of January. This Friday, January 1st, both Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl and Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf will enter the public domain.

John Oliver Explains Why That Facebook Copyright Statement Is Dumb, and Maybe You'll Listen to Him

Jay Hathaway · 09/30/15 03:28PM

As every website has been attempting to inform you since 2012, copy-pasting several paragraphs of dense legal voodoo onto your Facebook wall does not somehow exempt you from the terms of service that bind all Facebook users. If Facebook decides it wants to start using your content in some way you don’t like, your legal options include: don’t put that content on Facebook. Or: stop using Facebook altogether. If you won’t believe us, please believe John Oliver.

That Dumb Old Facebook Copyright Hoax Is Going Around Again—Just Ignore It

Jay Hathaway · 09/29/15 08:49AM

The annual ritual of everyone you know sharing a meaningless copyright disclaimer on Facebook has begun again. And, just in case you didn’t get the message the first half-dozen times this has happened, you can’t opt yourself out of Facebook’s terms of service or change what they’re allowed to do with your content by copy-pasting some pseudo-legal boilerplate into your timeline.

That Facebook Copyright Thing Is Still Utterly Meaningless

Jay Hathaway · 01/05/15 04:26PM

It's 2015, and your friends are sharing that block of pseudo-legal gibberish that supposedly prevents Facebook from using their "copyrighted content." This copyright notice means exactly the same thing it did when they posted it in 2012, 2013, and 2014: jack shit.

Wikipedia Won't Take Down Macaque Selfie Because the Monkey Took It

Andy Cush · 08/06/14 09:45AM

David Slater, the British nature photographer whose camera equipment was stolen by a selfie-mad macaque in 2011, has made repeated attempts to remove the famous photos that resulted from Wikimedia Commons, a database of royalty-free media from the organization behind Wikipedia. Wikimedia refused, claiming that Slater does not own the images' copyright.

Sherlock Holmes Now Belongs to Everyone, Court Rules

Michelle Dean · 06/17/14 08:55AM

Good news for those of you who have been longing to shop your Jane Austen/Sherlock Holmes mashup you've got in a drawer to book publishers: The Seventh Circuit has now ruled that the character of Sherlock Holmes is (mostly) in the public domain.