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  1. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam drummers distanced themselves from a Rolling Stone article where they discussed Hawkins’ privately expressed concerns about Foo Fighters’ touring scheduleView the full article
  2. “Since the world-shaping works of Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans and Lichtenstein’s Crying Girl, pop art has always been about harnessing the power of mass culture to turn the images of the moment on their head.” A brand new festival is touching down in Chicago this summer, and it is going to be a scorcher. Heateve Music Festval, put on by Auris Presents, is slated to take place on July 16th and 17th in sprawling Douglass park (home to Riot Fest). It promises to be a fully immersive, pop-art-inspired event that will bridge the gap between experiential art and globally leading dance music performances. Heatwave will showcase the talents of Group Therapy and Anjuna powerhouse Above & Beyond, Swedish hitmakers Galantis, hip-hop influenced producer RL Grime, global superstar TIËSTO, and Canadian bass music kings Zeds Dead. All of whom will gracing the mainstages across the two day festival. The rest of the lineup is peppered with over-the-top talent from all walks of music, there will be a little something for everyone. You’ll be able to enjoy the illustrious Oliver Heldens, Grammy-nominated Audien, South African live duo Goldfish, hitmaker Frank Walker, rising star MADDS, and sultry Counter Records signee Kasbo playing a DJ set. The billing continues with Endless Summer: Sam Feldt B2B Jonas Blue, Matoma, Borgeous, and more. Heatwave will welcome a full range of visual artists and creatives who are set to transform the park into a true wonderland for attendees to explore and get lost in. These reality-altering experiential elements set Heatwave apart as the most unique addition to Chicago’s dance music calendar. Tickets for Heatwave Music Festival are on sale now. Pick them up on their website. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Heatwave Music Festival Announces Lineup for its Inaugural Year View the full article
  3. This summer, all eight members of the K-pop group will return with their first full-length in five yearsView the full article
  4. There are many options for people to enjoy movies and TV shows legally but millions still choose to pirate content instead. Up until a decade ago, this piracy landscape was dominated by torrent sites and direct download portals. Today, the vast majority of pirates use streaming sites. The entertainment industries have swiftly adapted to this shift. At the moment, most anti-piracy initiatives are streaming-related, spearheaded by the Alliance of Creativity and Entertainment (ACE). These efforts have resulted in the shutdown of hundreds of sites already. Despite the successes, many challenges remain as well. In a recent appearance on Reuters, MPA’s Senior Executive Vice President Karyn Temple points out that pirates can be pretty creative too. Especially when it comes to evading law enforcement. “The illegal pirates that we deal with and have to go after are almost as creative, in some sense, as our own creators,” Temple says. “They try to take advantage of new technology and new tools as soon as they are developed. We have to continually develop tools to stay out ahead.” The MPA and ACE have learned that DMCA subpoenas targeted at third-party services such as Cloudflare can be quite effective. While most site operators use fake information to sign up, some of the information is actionable. Going After Streaming Pirates Isn’t Straightforward It’s clear that rightsholders have the tools and legal backing to go after operators of streaming sites but going after the end-users of these sites is a challenge, for a variety of reasons. The first and most obvious problem is that rightsholders have no easy way to find out who the consumers of pirated streams are. Unlike BitTorrent transfers, the IP addresses of people who watch centrally hosted streams are not publicly available, so can’t be easily tracked. In theory, the site operators could monitor the people who use their platforms to watch videos but getting site owners to hand over user data would generally only happen if a site or service is compromised. That’s not impossible, but far from straightforward. There’s another more fundamental problem as well. Even if rightsholders could obtain the IP address or even a name of an alleged streaming pirate, they would have to prove that the person in question is actually engaged in copyright infringement. That’s easier said than done. Not Clear Whether Streaming is Infringing This is also what James Gibson, Professor of Law at Richmond University, hinted at. Unlike downloading pirated movies, consuming pirated streams isn’t a clear violation of copyright law. “It’s not at all clear that if you merely consume pirated streaming content that you’re actually engaging in copyright infringement,” Gibson says. As a result, rightsholders may not be eager to file complaints against consumers who stream pirated content. After all, if they lose one of these cases, it may empower streaming pirates instead of deterring them, which could only make the problem worse. “So it could be that the media companies do not want to set a bad precedent by claiming that it’s an infringement and then finding out that it’s not. That might embolden end users rather than make them more attentive to the legal aspects of streaming,” Gibson notes. The fact that downloading and streaming are handled differently under US copyright law boils down to the definition of copyright infringement. These infringements always require the distribution, reproduction, or public performance of copyrighted content. When someone downloads a pirated file a full and lasting copy is created, which fits the definition of reproduction. However, when someone watches a pirated stream this is typically not the case. No Lasting Copy Speaking with TorrentFreak, Professor Gibson explains the difference in a clear and concise manner. “In streaming, there’s no lasting copy made; the content disappears as soon as the stream ends. That means the copyright owner’s exclusive control over reproduction and distribution rights is irrelevant, because reproduction and distribution require the creation of a lasting copy. “Therefore, the only liability hook is the copyright owner’s exclusive control over public performance of the content. The piracy platforms are definitely engaging in public performance by providing the streams, but the end user is simply watching the streams, not performing them — let alone doing so publicly,” Gibson adds. Whether streaming can or can’t be classified as copyright infringement is ultimately up to the courts to decide. It is definitely less straightforward than downloading, but it might not be impossible. For now, however, Gibson is not aware of any cases where this has been put to the test. Site Operators Are Infringers For the operators of pirate streaming sites, the situation is quite different. They offer pirated content to a broader audience, which is a “public performance” and can therefore be seen as copyright infringement. Historically, these “public performance” infringements were seen as misdemeanors under criminal law but, with the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act, performances were updated to a felony, putting them on par with the penalties available against operators of traditional download and torrent sites. With all the hurdles involved, it’s not likely that the major Hollywood studios will crack down on users of pirate streaming sites. But that’s not really a surprise, as these companies are not involved in lawsuits against individual downloaders either. The lawsuits against BitTorrent users that are currently being filed are all coming from adult content producers or smaller independent film companies, in the US at least. Finally, we would like to stress that this article is obviously not meant to encourage or justify the use of pirate streaming sites. However, it is worth highlighting that not all forms of piracy are treated equally under current copyright laws. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  5. “In the Pines” is available exclusively on Bandcamp. It “centers the stories of those who fall victim to the ideologies of emotionally stunted men.”View the full article
  6. Long before the advent of legitimate online video streaming services, torrent sites and similar platforms allowed users to download and keep copies of movies and TV shows. Building a local video library from unlicensed sources has its attractions. Even if we leave cost out of the equation, these copies come in convenient formats that will play on any device, play over a network, and can be organized to create a Netflix-type experience using legal tools such as Plex. They can also be transported from location to location and even shared among friends. Services like Netflix have sought to mimic some of these benefits by allowing content to be played on most devices and even downloaded for offline viewing. However, the key benefits enjoyed by pirates, such as maintaining permanent access to copiable DRM-free files, represent a threat to the subscription streaming model. People Want to Download and Keep Movies & TV Shows It is unlikely that these features will appear on a licensed mainstream service but that doesn’t stop subscribers from desiring them. Every week questions are posted on social media asking how videos can be downloaded from Netflix, for example, and the answers are usually the same: It is possible, there are quality issues, and people are better off grabbing a pirate copy ripped by ‘professionals’. Clearly motivated by this demand, a piece of software called StreamFab has been promoted for a while now, with claims that it has the ability to download and create DRM-free 1080p MP4 files from services including Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO (720p is only available for new content due to a DRM update), Disney+, Hulu, Paramount Plus, U-Next, Rakuten TV, and even YouTube. It’s available from the Microsoft Store in trial format but gets pretty costly if users want to cover all possible services. StreamFab All-In-One, for example, weighs in at a hefty $259.99 for a ‘lifetime’ license. Whether it always performs as advertised is up for debate but there are videos showing it in action on Amazon and other platforms quickly downloading files, rather than attempting to record the screen. Aside from living up to the significant functional claims in its marketing, the big questions revolve around legality. Is it permissible to download and keep copies of movies and TV shows if you’ve paid for a legal subscription? Do the streaming services allow users to make copies and is this type of software legal? Subscriber Agreements Before tackling more serious matters, a quick look at legal streaming services’ subscriber agreements provides a wealth of information. Netflix, for example, is extremely clear that using tools such as StreamFab to make copies is expressly forbidden. 4.6. You agree not to archive, reproduce, distribute, modify, display, perform, publish, license, create derivative works from, offer for sale, or use (except as explicitly authorized in these Terms of Use) content and information contained on or obtained from or through the Netflix service. You also agree not to: circumvent, remove, alter, deactivate, degrade or thwart any of the content protections in the Netflix service; Disney’s subscriber agreement is equally strict. For reasons that aren’t exactly clear, the Disney+ website also denies visitors the ability to copy and paste the text of the agreement. Still, here’s the relevant section. You agree that as a condition of your license, you will not: i. circumvent or disable any content protection system or digital rights management technology used in connection with the Disney Product; ii. copy the Disney Product (except as expressly permitted by us); iii. rebroadcast, transmit or perform the Disney Product; There’s no real need to check out the agreements on other platforms since a basic rule tends to apply. If a service does not give users the ability to download and store DRM-free copies of videos as standard, the terms and conditions are guaranteed to forbid these actions. Anyone who breaches their legal agreement with a platform is, at a minimum, in breach of relevant contract law. We’ve never heard of a case where anyone has been taken to court but legal documents are named as such for a reason. Copyright Law and DRM Due to geographical issues, there is no perfect one-size-fits-all advice when it comes to copying content for personal use. Even when such copying is allowed there tend to be restrictions, such as owning an original copy and making a backup, or conditional on the payment of a blank media levy. That said, making a copy of anything from an illegal copy or an unlicensed source is generally forbidden. In the case of streaming services like Netflix, they are extremely clear that the license granted to the user outlaws any kind of copying beyond that expressly permitted in the subscriber agreement. Any copying outside that generates an unlicensed copy which is obviously a copyright issue. All of this, however, is already jumping the gun. All major streaming services are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM) tools that attempt to enforce the restrictions laid out in the subscriber agreement, i.e no circumvention of content protection measures and no unlicensed copying. This means that the use of software such as StreamFab is effectively outlawed by a legally binding document and also by copyright law. Rules in the United States are particularly clear. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has provisions that make it unlawful to circumvent technological measures used to prevent unauthorized access to copyrighted works, including movies and TV shows. This covers the decryption of an encrypted work or any other technique to “bypass, remove, deactivate, or impair a technological measure” without the authority of the copyright owner. This applies to all of the streaming services mentioned above. The DMCA also makes it unlawful to manufacture, import, provide or otherwise traffic in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof, that is “primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing protection afforded by a technological measure that effectively protects a right of a copyright owner.” Given the clarity, there’s no real need to highlight why a tool designed to circumvent DRM and make unlicensed copies likely falls foul of the above, even given the existence of a lengthy disclaimer. StreamFab is a Progression of DVDFab StreamFab claims to be a sub-brand of DVDFab, a popular piece of software used to copy DVD and Blu-ray discs. Following a lawsuit filed by AACS, the decryption licensing group founded by movie studios and technology partners including Warner Bros, Disney, Microsoft and Intel, in 2014 a New York court ordered the seizure of DVDFab’s domains, bank funds and social media accounts. The order was handed down following claims by AACS that by providing tools to bypass disc encryption, DVDFab violated the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions. In 2016, AACS told the Court that DVDFab had blatantly ignored its injunction and was continuing to conduct business as usual. StreamFab’s ‘Anti-Piracy’ Measures Finally, it should go without saying that uploading any copies of movies or TV shows to the internet carries risks but in the case of StreamFab users, things get even more complicated. Buried inside a lengthy statement on the StreamFab site is a warning that content ripped from services such as Netflix can be traced right back to the user – not by the streaming service but by StreamFab itself. “Please understand that whoever wants the same benefits, whoever wants to do the same cool high-resolution TV episodes as yourself, whether a friend, a coworker or someone else on the Internet, they all need to get their own streaming platform accounts and downloader license,” it reads. “Therefore we took one step further to help anyone who’s willing to share content to think harder before deciding to do so. We’ve included the customer/account id in the metadata of the files extracted from streaming platforms. For our majority of users, that understand that the files are strictly for personal use, that piece of info has no importance since the files never leave their own personal storages.” From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  7. From industry newcomer to dance music trendsetter, Haus of Panda is moving the needle in the modern rave scene like no other. Stepping onto the scene in 2017, he’s recognized for his high-octane signature sound marked by speed and power. As a new producer, Haus of Panda’s catalog could be heard on Diplo & Friends and Sirius XM, catching the interest of artists like Tommie Sunshine, Alan Walker, Tiësto, and more. Whether it’s the rapid-fire tempo of “Punk’d” or the glitchy bass house flavor of “The Power,” Haus of Panda generates a progressive take on rave music with each release. Now recognized as a genre category on Beatport, speed house isn’t just a style of music—it’s the inspiration behind Haus of Panda’s own imprint, Speed House Movement. Nestled under Brooklyn Fire, Speed House Movement made its debut in 2020 with a compilation that reached the number one spot on Beatport’s release charts. Now, Haus of Panda is back with a sizzling new single, “90’s Thang” that highlights the sounds of the 90s rave scene we all know and love with his signature twist. You can’t help but rock with this, as Haus of Panda lights up the speakers with break beats and rave-stabs and an old-school sample, building it into an electrifying bass-infused drop. “The vision for ‘90’s Thang’ was to create something that included all my influences from 90’s rave into a bouncy house record. Rave stabs, Breakbeats, and distorted 808s.” – Haus of Panda This one is sure to light up clubs and festivals alike this year, listen below! This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Haus of Panda Is Ready To Light Up Dancefloors with “90’s Thang” View the full article
  8. It’s no secret BADVOID is one of the heavyweight kings, always infusing his productions with jaw dropping sounds and head banging energy. BADVOID is a natural when it comes to firing up the crowd with a fury of bass-fueled beats one can offer. Globally recognized as a headlining artist taking over a series of the biggest festivals and venues in Australia and South East Asia, he continues to impress old and new listeners alike. BADVOID is about to start his first US Tour, which is highly anticipated by his American fanbase. This coming Summer the extraordinary Australian DJ and producer will headline the Blaqvoid event in Salt Lake City. A nationally renowned event much appreciated for its Party with a Purpose motto reflecting its giving back to the community, the Blaqvoid Festival charms the audience by presenting “the most illusive sounds in electronic music.” The show will formally introduce the Australian EDM sensation to the US audience His new single “Ghosted” is yet another monstrous tune from the talented producer, featuring the chilling vocals of Wisner. Complimenting traditional sounds with a futuristic twist, BADVOID builds this spine tingling track into a monstrous drop that is pure drum and bass fire. Listen for yourself below! This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: BADVOID Drops Monstrous Dnb single, “Ghosted” ft. Wisner View the full article
  9. During the final stretches of the 2000s, a group of Reddit users decided that the community should have its own torrent tracker. The idea emerged during Christmas 2009 after some Redditors, in the spirit of ‘sharing’, posted pirated content on Dropbox and Amazon S3. When those services were swiftly targeted with takedown notices, a torrent-based solution was proposed. After a few hours of pooling resources, a small group of people managed to get a tracker up and running. That tracker was named “BaconBits”. BaconBits Rises Once all systems were running and stable, the staff officially announced their new sharing platform on Reddit itself, branding it the first private torrent tracker exclusive to Reddit users. “We’ve decided to make a tracker for only Reddit users! Its name is Baconbits.org It’s much like the S3 Dropbox that was started on Christmas, where Reddit users can share out of their hearts to the rest of Reddit,” the message read. After just one day, the site had already amassed thousands of users. This is all the more impressive since prospective users were required to have a Reddit account for at least three months, with some respectable link and comment karma. The swift rise of the site is a testament to the power of the crowd. Up until this day, it remains one of the most unique origins of a torrent site that we know of. The Beginning of the End In the years that followed BaconBits built up a small but dedicated community. It never ran into any legal trouble that we’re aware of. However, there was a massive technical failure in 2015, which nearly wiped out the site. While the site managed to make a comeback, restoring some of the content, a permanent scar remained. Things were never the same again and now, almost seven years later, BaconBits is shutting down permanently. “There is no easy way to say it, this site has been struggling since the great robot uprising nuked half our torrents. We’ve kept the lights on since then, but morale has been flagging, user and upload counts have never recovered, and developer bandwidth has been minimal,” staffer Blackfish explained. “Many of us staff have moved on to focus on other things, and unfortunately, the time has come when it’s clear that life support is the best we’ll be able to manage. We don’t want you to remember us like this, but nonetheless, it’s time to pull the plug.” Moving On… The shut down announcement was posted last month and yesterday BaconBits eventually pulled the plug. Over the years the site had changed quite a bit. BaconBits abandoned its Reddit requirements for prospective users and started to operate more like a traditional private tracker. While BaconBits was an iconic site for many early Redditors who were into file-sharing, traffic to the site was relatively modest. That, paired with the change of interests and motivation among staffers, probably made the shutdown decision a bit easier. When a tracker closes its doors there are always users calling for a restart. The closure of BaconBits is no different. However, if people want to keep the spirit going, they will have to start anew. The staff are not planning to hand over the code, period. “No, it will not be handed over to a random user with ‘good intentions’. That’s bad security. Any relaunches will be scams,” Blackfish notes. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  10. Coachella is just about a month behind us now, but Goldenvoice continues to drop massive, uniquely curated lineups that make us want to continue traveling to shows all year long. The latest is a new venture called Portola, set at Pier 80 in San Francisco, and the artist selection is simply dazzling. Headlining the two-day festival will be Flume and The Chemical Brothers, with appearances from Kaytranada, Jamie xx, Fred Again.., James Blake, M.I.A., Lane 8, Four Tet + Floating Points, Caroline Polachek, Bicep (Live), Ben Böhmer, Fatboy Slim, DJ Shadow, and more over the September 24-25 weekend. Presented by Goldenvoice and the brainchild of Goldenvoice VP Talent Buyer Danny Bell, Portola aims to incorporate all different corners of the dance/indie/hip-hop/progressive pop realm. Bell notes, “This is the festival I’ve wanted to produce for the past decade. San Francisco is the perfect city for it and now is the perfect time! Let’s dance and have a great time this September!” The festival’s namesake is an ode to the Portola Festival of 1909, which was a celebration of the re-opening of San Francisco, three years after the earthquake of 1906 decimated the city. It was set up to publicize to the world that San Francisco was back open and ready to host tourists. This new festival feels very in line with that ethos, inviting music fans of many genres to come and explore. WEEKEND & DAY PASSES ON SALE THIS FRIDAY Photo via Michael Emery Hecker for Westword This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Flume & The Chemical Brothers To Headline Inaugural ‘Portola’ Music Festival In San Francisco View the full article
  11. After researching thousands of DMCA notices and reporting on hundreds of copyright lawsuits, more often than not it takes just a few seconds or minutes to broadly establish the purpose of any action. In most cases rightsholders want alleged infringement to stop and in some, they also seek compensation for their losses. When cases deviate from this format they tend to stick out. When they involve the protection of copyright works that generate zero income for a rightsholder, one with a reputation for crushing dissent, a big question needs to be asked. Is this really all about copyright or is copyright just a convenient mechanism to achieve something else? DMCA Subpoenas Are Cheap and Powerful For years the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, the supervising body and publisher for the Jehovah’s Witness religious group, has used the cheap DMCA subpoena process to identify anonymous people said to have infringed their copyrights, usually in music or videos. They go to court, pay less than $50, and disappear into the ether, ostensibly to protect their exclusive rights. What makes these matters interesting is that Watch Tower does not commercialize its content, so the classic arguments about preventing lost sales are a non-starter. Neither does the group chase down people who share its music in a friendly way on social media or file-sharing networks. However, if critics (so-called ‘apostates’) use Watch Tower copyrighted content to challenge its authority or practices, bad things can follow. The Attack on Kevin McFree ‘Kevin McFree’ (not his real name) is the creator of the ‘Dubtown’ series of stop-motion Lego animations that take place in a fictitious Jehovah’s Witness town. McFree utilized copyrighted material owned by Watch Tower in his productions, something that gave the religious group a leverage point to shut him down. In 2018, Watch Tower filed an application for a DMCA subpoena to compel YouTube/Google to hand over his details. McFree filed a motion to quash, arguing that any use of Watch Tower material was protected under the doctrine of fair use. After three years of legal dispute in that matter, in 2021 Watch Tower filed a parallel copyright infringement lawsuit against McFree for the same alleged infringements. Again, he refused to compromise his identity, an excellent decision considering what was to follow. Big Win for McFree, No DMCA Subpoena For Watch Tower In an opinion and order handed down in February 2022, Watch Tower’s original DMCA subpoena application was denied. The judge found that McFree’s use of Watch Tower content amounted to parody, criticism and commentary, and was therefore protected under the doctrine of fair use. The killing of the DMCA subpoena meant that, at least logically, the full lawsuit had nowhere to go since McFree had done nothing wrong. But despite having a judge on record testifying to that, Watch Tower insisted that meant absolutely nothing. The group demanded a trial on the merits and renewed efforts to remove McFree’s anonymity, all while knowing that he doesn’t live in the United States and lacked the financial means to properly defend the subpoena, let alone finance a multi-million dollar fair use battle. So, if Watch Tower makes no money from its music and videos and would get nothing from McFree even if it had demolished him in a fair use copyright lawsuit, what did it really want? Devine Intervention Levels The Playing Field Copyright battles can be one-sided affairs. Deep-pocketed corporations on one side often chew up opportunist infringers on the other. If people insist on poking bears by profiting from pirated content they can’t really complain but, in McFree’s case, almost everything felt fundamentally different. All allegedly-infringing videos were taken down years ago following initial Watch Tower complaints and no more were subsequently released. Even when it became clear that those videos were wrongfully terminated and Watch Tower had no case, the response was to pursue another lawsuit. Something didn’t sit right. Nothing sat right. In February we pondered whether a lawyer might view McFree’s defense as being in the public interest. After reading one of our articles on the topic, attorney Paul Levy at the Public Citizen Litigation Group concluded that it was. Once challenged to a fair fight, Watch Tower’s tactics began to unravel and then last week, it was suddenly all over. Documents filed with the court revealed that Watch Tower had not only agreed to dismiss the lawsuit, but to do so with prejudice, meaning that the matter can never return to court. So what brought four years of legal oppression to an end? Watch Tower Obtains DMCA Subpoenas, Never Sues Following this important win for Paul Levy and his client, the attorney explained what went wrong for Watch Tower while confirming what we suspected all along. This was not really about copyright, it was about the usefulness of copyright law to facilitate access to something even more valuable than money – information. In defending McFree, Levy pointed out that over the years Watch Tower had obtained 70 DMCA subpoenas against alleged infringers but had never followed those up with an infringement lawsuit. That cast doubt on Watch Tower’s declarations that it would only use the obtained information for the purposes of enforcing its rights under copyright law, Levy explained. “But matters continued to get worse for Watch Tower, and both its inability to be straightforward in explaining its actions, including making misleading statements to the court, and the likely ulterior motives for its actions, became increasingly clear,” he wrote following the dismissal. Watch Tower’s “Ulterior Motives” “During the hearing, Watch Tower’s counsel made the outrageous statement that Watch Tower’s litigation strategies were confined by a lack of ‘significant funds,’ and that its approach to the litigation was guided by ‘significant economic motivations’,” Levy says. “Because Watch Tower’s 990T forms are publicly available as required by law, it is a matter of public knowledge that Watch Tower has more than a billion dollars in assets. Watch Tower is fortunate that it never made this representation about limited resources in a signed document.” With Watch Tower determined to press on with discovery to remove McFree’s anonymity, the religious group made a pivotal admission. What it really wanted was information that would allow it to determine the source of unpublished Watch Tower video clips that had appeared in McFree’s videos. “The Watch Tower headquarters is a leaky sieve and it wants to identify the leakers. Beyond that, there may have been a massive hack of Watch Tower’s computer systems several years ago,” Levy reveals. Watch Tower confirmed that it was planning to seek discovery on those issues and then offered to drop its lawsuit against McFree, on condition that he promised never to use any pre-publication Watch Tower materials in future, without obtaining consent. However, citing the Supreme Court’s decision in Bartnicki v. Vopper, Levy says that McFree has every right to use leaked unpublished materials, even from a hack, providing he had nothing to do with the hacking. Levy notes that the possible hack against Watch Tower could’ve been actionable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act but the statute of limitations expired years ago. “So it became apparent that Watch Tower was trying to leverage a barred copyright claim, and the threat of identifying McFree, to obtain relief and or discovery on a different subject entirely – a possible abuse of process,” Levy adds. McFree rejected Watch Tower’s proposed settlement and his defense went on the offensive. Watch Tower was warned that if it continued to pursue McFree, Levy might file a document blocking it from a voluntary dismissal without prejudice, thereby locking it into litigation that it was destined to lose. And then things got dark. Really, really dark. A DMCA Subpoena Exposed Identity of Child Abuse Critic One of the suspicions in Watch Tower cases is that exposing the identities of serving Jehovah’s Witnesses via DMCA subpoenas could lead to them being punished. However, the law says that DMCA subpoenas can only be used to protect the applicant’s copyright interests. In practice, that is impossible to enforce. Levy says that during their investigations, his team discovered a 2018 DMCA subpoena that used copyright law to directly target a vehement critic who, coincidentally or not, was subsequently identified and punished by the religious group. “Watch Tower succeeded in using a DMCA subpoena obtaining the identity of a previously identified blogger who specialized in attacking child abuse within the group, and Watch Tower’s refusal to report abuse to local authorities,” Levy reveals. “It is quite possible that Watch Tower did not need the information it obtained under the DMCA (because this blogger’s identifying information had become available elsewhere), but even so it never sued him for copyright infringement and it never otherwise used his identity to enforce its copyright. Watch Tower had got what it wanted — revenge.” Watch Tower Throws in the Towel With Watch Tower still keen for YouTube/Google to identify McFree, Levy and his team waited for a notice indicating that a subpoena had been served. It never came. Instead of sending notice of service, Watch Tower sent a proposed stipulation to voluntarily dismiss the case, with each side to bear their own costs. Levy’s team at Public Citizen responded by informing Watch Tower that if it wanted a guarantee that McFree would not pursue them for fees and/or abuse of process, the dismissal would need to be with prejudice. The religious group agreed. The win for McFree is a welcome one but he didn’t get everything he’d hoped for. According to Levy, McFree wanted a ruling that would’ve stopped Watch Tower from abusing DMCA subpoenas to intimidate future Jehovah’s Witness critics, but they avoided that by dropping his case. Nevertheless, dragging the practice out of the shadows could make it more difficult in the future. “Kevin McFree deserves a great deal of credit for being willing to stick to his guns and not let Watch Tower out of the case easily. It is perhaps because of this litigation that Watch Tower has not filed any new DMCA subpoenas since we entered the case late last winter. But only the future will tell whether it has truly been deterred from future abuse,” Levy concludes. The stipulation of dismissal can be found here (pdf) and Paul Levy’s excellent blog here. Public Citizen’s work can be appreciated here. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  12. Reporting online abuse often feels like wishing on a star. You throw your complaint into the ether and hope that some benevolent power is listening, while acknowledging there's a high likelihood nothing will come of it. Even so, you keep trying anyway, because you're an optimist who believes in miracles. Fortunately, Instagram doesn't leave you completely in the dark. The image sharing platform lets users view a history of their reports, so you can see when action is taken against the offender. The outcome may be the same regardless of whether or not you're informed, but at least you'll know your complaint didn't just evaporate into thin air when you hit "Submit Report." Here's how to see your report history on Instagram. Open Instagram. Tap on your profile icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to go to your profile. ​​Tap the hamburger icon in the top right corner ("≡"). This will open a popup menu. Tap "Settings" to go to your settings menu. Tap "Help," which will bring you to Instagram's help menu. Tap "Support Requests." Tap "Reports." This will show you a list of the reports you've made, including who made the reported post, what you reported it for, and the decisions Instagram has made about it. Tap a report, and you'll be able to see more information about it, as well as tap through to view the reported content itself. If the matter has been concluded and you're dissatisfied with the outcome, you can also request a review of some of your reports here as well. SEE ALSO: How to report abusive comments on Instagram Hate speech, harassment, and bullying are all against Instagram's community guidelines, however such issues remain problems on the platform. The platform's moderation isn't perfect either, with abusive comments still slipping through. In addition to reporting such comments on Instagram, you can turn off your DMs from strangers, filter certain words, and limit or disable comments on your account to help insulate yourself from the toxicity. It may not catch everything, particularly if you have a particularly dedicated harasser. But it will probably make Instagram feel at least a little less psychologically scarring. View the full article
  13. He performed the new singles “Last Last” and “Kilometre”View the full article
  14. “Speaking of icons, you were always one of our biggest inspirations growing up,” said BligeView the full article
  15. They performed the song from WE to close out the Canadian award show at Toronto’s Massey HallView the full article
  16. Last year, Wallen was banned from the ceremony after video emerged of the country superstar using a racist and anti-Black slurView the full article
  17. Florence Welch brought her Dance Fever single to the award showView the full article
  18. The reggaeton star sang “Cúrame,” “Museo,” and “Todo De Ti”View the full article
  19. He also performed “Mafia,” did not acknowledge Astroworld during his set at the Las Vegas award showView the full article
  20. Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 novel The Time Traveler's Wife has been adapted to the screen twice: as a film in 2009, and now as a TV series on HBO. The story of The Time Traveler's Wife — a science-fiction romance spanning decades — is extremely tricky to adapt. Clare Abshire (Rose Leslie) meets her future husband Henry DeTamble (Theo James) when he has involuntarily traveled back in time, at which point she is 6 and he's 36. The novel tells the story of their relationship out of chronological order, including their first meeting in the "present" and their marriage. As with any adaptation, screenwriter Steven Moffat's new version of The Time Traveler's Wife has to make some adjustments. But which ones work, and which ones fall flat? Here are the biggest changes from the novel so far. Beware: the list includes spoilers for the show and the books. A new framing deviceRight off the bat, the first episode of The Time Traveler's Wife hits us with a structural change. The series opens with Henry and Clare recording videos of themselves speaking directly to camera about their relationship to time travel. This framing device isn't in the novel, but Moffat uses this direct address in order to lift some prose directly from Niffenegger's novel, specifically from the prologue. Why are they making videos? Who are they speaking to? Only time will tell. We're updating this whole storyThe TV version of The Time Traveler's Wife takes place from the 1990s to the present day, whereas the novel takes place from the 1960s to the early 2000s. This decision is likely to make the story feel more relevant, but it will be interesting to see how (and if) more modern technology impacts the story. The fight about Ingrid This first date ends up very differently in the book. Credit: Macall Polay Definitely the biggest change between the book and the show in the first episode is Clare's reaction to finding out Henry has a girlfriend, named Ingrid (Chelsea Frei). Clare finds Ingrid's toiletries in Henry's bathroom and fights with him, calling him an asshole and storming out of his apartment. Only an intervention from Henry's older self makes Clare consider seeing Henry again. In the book, Clare's reaction to seeing Ingrid's stuff is a lot milder. She thinks, "Whoever you are, I'm here now. You may be Henry's past, but I'm his future." Henry explains the situation with Ingrid and apologizes to Clare, and that's that. Show Clare's reaction is definitely more realistic than book Clare's, but the fight also puts Henry and Clare's relationship on a far more antagonistic path. Henry's baby teeth can time travel?Moffat adds some new time travel lore to The Time Traveler's Wife. In the show, parts of Henry's body, such as his baby teeth, are able to time travel separately. The first episode also explores this idea with the double whammy of a time-traveling pool of blood and a time-traveling pair of detached feet. These moments, all show-only creations, foreshadow the darkest moments of Henry's future. The Time Traveler's Wife airs on HBO and streams on HBO Max. We'll be updating this list weekly with the release of every new episode of The Time Traveler's Wife, so be sure to check back in to learn more about the differences between the book and the show. View the full article
  21. Meg brought her latest single and “Sweetest Pie” to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las VegasView the full article
  22. Good morning, Wordlers! A new week has arrived, a new Wordle will arrive every day, and we're here to provide tips and hints to help you keep that streak alive. If you couldn’t get the answer for Wordle 331 on May 16 and just want to know what it was, you can find today’s word at the bottom of this page. If you want to try to guess it yourself or just learn more, keep reading for some background, tips and strategies we've reported on here at Mashable. In case you've been living under a rock, Wordle was originally created by former Reddit engineer Josh Wardle and went super-viral in late 2021, becoming a daily habit for players around the globe. The game was bought by the New York Times earlier this year, and is now run by the paper's puzzles and games team. It may seem some days like Wordle is getting harder — we can assure you it isn't. However, you can always switch Wordle to Hard Mode. (Yeah, you've been playing on easy.) Not the day you're after? Here's the Wordle answer for May 15. What's a Heardle? A Dordle?? A Quordle?! The word game has also inspired numerous clones and variations, such as the battle royale format Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and iterations like Dordle and Quordle that have you trying to guess multiple words at once. Best Wordle starting word?We have plenty of ideas that can help if you want to be strategic in your selection. As a general rule of thumb, you'll probably want to fit at least two vowels into your first word, as well as cram in some more common consonants such as S, T, R, or N. SEE ALSO: The 6 best VPNs to help keep you anonymous on the internet Explore the Wordle archiveIf you aren't satisfied with only solving one Wordle per day, the whole archive of past Wordle puzzles is also available to play. Just make sure you look up from your phone every few hours. Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?Though it is generally accepted that there is just one Wordle solution to rule them all on a single day, occasionally two different correct answers will share the spotlight. This is due to changes the New York Times made after acquiring the puzzle game. Just last week, a word was swapped out because it was unexpectedly topical. Make sure you refresh your browser before you play each day to make sure you're getting the latest version of the game. And now, a hint for today’s Wordle…It's a verb, and it has a double letter. Today’s 5-letter word starts with…The letter D! What's the answer to Wordle #331 on May 16?Today’s answer is… DELVE. If you're delving into something, you're taking a deep dive, or digging around. Not to be confused with Anna Delvey. Check back for more hints and tips tomorrow. Reporting by Amanda Yeo, Caitlin Welsh and Adam Rosenberg contributed to this article. View the full article
  23. Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak brought their neo soul outfit to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in VegasView the full article
  24. Over Movement Music Festival weekend, the party doesn’t stop — and we’re not just saying that to be cute. Pre-parties and after parties are likely to go all night and well into the next day as a supplemental part of the overall Movement experience. Whether you’re into official afters or underground events, there’s a plethora of options to select from. Featuring names on and off the Movement 2022 lineup, the pre-parties and after parties boast good mix of rising talent, established names, mainstay labels and Detroit favorites — all jam packed into every techno lover’s dream weekend! With Movement less than two weeks out, it’s time to get your pre-party and after party plans on lock! See our suggestions below and get passes to Movement Music Festival 2022 here. Movement Nights Official Pre-Parties / Official After Parties Finding the afterparty is no problem thanks to official Movement pre parties and after parties. See performances from Shiba San, Gettoblaster, Chris Lake, DJ Minx, Maceo Plex, Kaskade, Will Clarke, Adam Beyer, ANNA and many more — all weekend long! Friday (Pre-Parties) 100% Live Techno / Opening PartyThere won’t be a laptop in sight at this Movement pre-party, as you are guaranteed an authentic, 100% live, techno experience. The lineup features a collection of top tier modular artists such as Headless Horseman, Luis Flores, Monix, FadeFace, Tunnel, Humanmask [Coarses & Amnesiac Host], and Xexyz. This event definitely wont be for the faint of heart but most certainly worth checking out. Meta Ta Physika – The Great Beyond From the collectives that brought you The Great Beyond festival for its inaugural year in 2021 comes a well-curated techno lineup of some A-List selectors in the form of “Meta Ta Physika”. Taking over the coveted walls of the Leland City Club, attendees will get to enjoy the sounds of Antwon Faulkner aka Twonz, Centrific, Corbin Davis, Dustin Zahn, Function, Juana, Levon Vincent, Niki Kitz, Noncompliant, Z.I.P.P.O. RVDIOVCTIVE & City Air RVDIOVCTIVE & City Air team up to present a jam-packed lineup featuring 2 stages of music with some of the finest selectors from Detroit, Chicago, and abroad during one of the most important weekends for underground dance music in America. Featuring Francesca Lombardo, DJ Hyperactive, Justin James, Devon James, Mona Black, Henry Brooks and more. Saturday Anfisa Letyago, Hiroko Yamamura, Will Clarke This Memorial Day weekend, there is not a single night that the Leland City Cub is not filled with talent oozing from every crack. Saturday gives ways to Italian powerhouse Anfisa Letyago, who has taken command of the scene these last few years. She is joined by Chicago staple Hiroko Yamamura and Will Clarke. Country Club Disco Warehouse with ACRAZE MeanRed x Country Club Disco kick off the holiday weekend with a late-night party at The Russell Industrial Center. Gracing the two industrial stages is a full lineup of house, techno, and bass-heavy visionaries set to guide Memorial Day Weekend into the wee hours and beyond. Featuring sets from “Do It To It” viral sensation Acraze, London mainstay Deeper Purpose, Detroit’s own Gold Clap b2b Supply & Demand, rising talents King Saaidi, Teknono, QURL, Crystal and much more. Sunday Stroboscopic Artefacts Detroit: Lucy, Rrose (live), Adriana Lopez Italian techno authority and sound designer Lucy returns to the Motor City with their Stroboscopic Artefacts imprint for a complete label takeover. They’re bringing along a slew of talent from other label main-stays and promoter residents taking over both floors. Get there early and stay late. You will NOT want to miss a single act – Rrose (live), Adriana Lopez, Adam Vega B2B Mark Angel, Kobe Dupree, JIA, Uun (live), and Victor Alejandro (live). Adam Beyer Presents: Drumcode x Movement Festival Official Afterparty An unmistakeable force in dance music, Drumcode takes over Sunday night of Movement as headliner Adam Beyer presents Drumcode x Movement Festival Official Afterparty featuring three massive names — ANNA, Weska and, the label head himself. Taking place at Detroit’s iconic Masonic Temple Fountain Ballroom, the event will surely have an underground feel with a superstar lineup. Monday Anthology 2022 Returning for its 8th edition, Anthology absolutely delivers on its promise to bring a world-class night of pure, relentless techno with the likes of Annika Wolfe, Answer Code Request, Brenda, Damon Bradley, DVS1, Oscar Mulero, Phase Fatale, and Sara Landry. YES This one is for the early risers or those who don’t want to let the party stop. Either way, YES is not for the faint of heart. Starting at 7 am Monday, the tunes will be flowing well through the day and night with the music being provided by Omar-S, Danny Tenaglia, Tama Sumo & Lakuti, Ron Trent, Move D, Marcellus Pittman, Dubtribe Sound System, H-Foundation, Analog Soul, Nitin, DJ BEIGE, Father Dukes, The Bernabela Project ft. Eddie Fowlkes + Norm Talley & Ataxia, and a 7 am sunrise set from DJ Seinfeld. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Movement Detroit 2022 Pre-Party / After Party Round Up View the full article
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