A copyright troll took down one of our favorite Tumblrs. Here's why it could happen to you.

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Regular Boing Boing readers have seen me credit This Isn't Happiness many times for wonderful visual and audio finds. We've been linking to Peter Nidzgorski's work since way back in 2008. Recently, his wonderful tumblog—a mix of art, music, film, urban ennui, and sexy design ephemera—went dark. No! Why? Automated DMCA takedowns, spurred by the complaint of a well-known copyright troll.

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Teaching kids about copyright: schools and fair use

I'm incredibly skeptical of the project of teaching kids about copyright and fair use -- not because it's unimportant, because it's so dire. Read the rest

Disney offers to deduct contributions to its PAC from employees' paychecks, to lobby for TPP

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In a mass mailing to employees, CEO Bob Iger asked Disney people to make a regular contribution to Disney PAC to help the company lobby for expanded copyright laws, and the Trans Pacific Partnership. Read the rest

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Tell your lawmaker: approve the amazing, copyfighting, surveillance-hating new Librarian of Congress!

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Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "The Librarian of Congress is a pretty obscure position in our government, but they have a huge impact on our Internet freedom. They have a major say in things like fair use, DMCA implementation, phone unlocking, and online access -- things that affect all of us." Read the rest

Obama's new Librarian of Congress nominee is a rip-snortin', copyfightin', surveillance-hatin' no-foolin' LIBRARIAN

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The outgoing Librarian of Congress was a technophobe who refused all gadgets more advanced than a fax machine; he was in charge of the nation's copyright, and hence its IT policy. Read the rest

Math denialism: crypto backdoors and DRM are the alternative medicine of computer science

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My latest Guardian column, The FBI wants a backdoor only it can use – but wanting it doesn’t make it possible, draws a connection between vaccine denial, climate denial, and the demand for backdoors in secure systems, as well as the call for technologies that prevent copyright infringement, like DRM. Read the rest

The Setup Wizard: a blog by Hogwarts' muggle IT guy

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When the Hogwarts kids finally got fed up at the lack of Internet access at school, the administration caved and hired Jonathan Dart, a muggle IT guy, who needs to figure out how to get the wifi working everywhere on campus, even at the bottom of Slytherin's stupid lake (it turns out that Slytherins will help you do this if you show them how to tune in emo music on Spotify). Read the rest

UPDATED Scanning artists de-loot stolen Egyptian treasure from a German museum

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Update: All is not what it seems: it appears that the artists and the public were duped by a third party into passing off an illicitly obtained official scan as one that had been made by covert means.

Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles, an Iraqi/German artistic duo, covertly scanned a famous looted Egyptian treasure, the Bust of Queen Nefertiti, from its contested perch in Berlin's Neues Museum. Read the rest

Citing copyright, Army blocks Chelsea Manning from receiving printouts from EFF's website

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Chelsea Manning's helpers write, "Citing potential copyright infringement, the Army censored materials on prison censorship from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that were sent to Chelsea by one of her volunteers." Read the rest

Infographic: what's the TPP, what's wrong with it, how'd we get here, and what do we do now?

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Burning questions that you're desperate for answers to, and their answers, courtesy of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Read the rest

Fans de-Lucas original Star Wars, post a digitized 1977 35mm theatrical print

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Team Negative 1, an all-volunteer Star Wars nerd squad, have spent thousands to source, digitize and restore an original 1977 theatrical print of Star Wars (known in contemporary canon as "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope"). Read the rest

Back-room revisions to TPP sneakily criminalize fansubbing & other copyright grey zones

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When the text of the secretly negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership was released, we were warned that it hadn't been "legally scrubbed" and checked for translation errors, but the new text that's been posted to the New Zealand government's website contains tiny revisions that sneakily increase the criminal penalties countries must impose on people who commit copyright infringement. Read the rest

Psychedelic Space Alien themed Art Deco style 1931 high school yearbook

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Pea Hicks writes, "This is an album of scans I made from the 1931 Los Angeles University High School, CHIEFTAIN - 'Martian Number.'" Read the rest

Why Harvard should welcome free citation manuals

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Rogue archivist Carl Malamud writes, "Third year Harvard Law School student Kendra Albert did a very nice job on her powerful opinion piece in the Harvard Law Record, the student-run newspaper." Read the rest

Bake: Cookie Monster bark

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Melt chocolate into slabs, coat with blue candy-melts, and stud with broken oreos and edible googly eyes and voila: it's as though you blenderized a thousand Cookie Monsters, rolled them flat, and baked them. Read the rest

Copyright trolls who claimed to own "Happy Birthday" will pay $14M to their "customers"

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For decades, Warner/Chappell Music claimed to own the rights to the Happy Birthday song, despite the reams of copyright scholarship and historical research showing they had no legitimate claim. Read the rest

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