By this point, who is surprised to hear a tech startup is complicit with digital piracy – even when it isn’t brazenly named OpenSea? Since 2017, OpenSea has hosted a cryptocurrency marketplace for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), unique identifiers for digital objects. Although these technologies are new and, to many of... Read more

If you watched President Biden’s State of the Union address, you saw Members of Congress giving a standing ovation to former Facebook executive Frances Haugen – “former” being the operative word, as Haugen changed her title from “Product Manager” to “Whistleblower” in late 2021. In her September 2021 testimony before... Read more

Once in a while, we step off our soapbox, unclench our fists, and lay down our megaphone so that we can publish an arts roundup. We’ll never let commercial-scale pirates off the hook, but we’re most formidable when remembering our passion for culture and creativity. It’s what motivates us to... Read more

Every Thanksgiving, we share reflections on some creative works from the year that we’ve appreciated. It’s one of our favorite holiday traditions, and it gives us a small break from burning digital pirates in effigy or demanding accountability for Big Tech. Just don’t think we’re going soft!  Seriously, the genius... Read more

When the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act (PLSA) was signed into law in 2020, it closed a loophole that allowed streaming pirates to avoid being charged with a felony – despite the fact that every other form of large-scale piracy was treated as a felony. This loophole would have been closed... Read more

In a recent blogpost, Amazon called on Facebook and similar platforms to work more diligently to shut down the numerous trolls who swamp Amazon’s site with fake product reviews: In the first three months of 2020, we reported more than 300 groups to social media companies, who then took a... Read more

Our old friend Zuck made a big deal out of the July announcement that Facebook will “invest over $1 billion to reward creators for great content they create on Facebook and Instagram through 2022.” Similar initiatives to pay for user-generated content have been launched by YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat. “Investing... Read more

Facebook has a growing PR problem caused by its many irresponsible business practices. So they are responding boldly – by declaring they are for “regulation of the internet.” Their “Born in ’96” ad campaign is intended to convince all of us that they are a responsible company that supports wise... Read more

Back in April, the Global IP Center celebrated World IP Day with a series of virtual events. One of them – “Innovation Ecosystem: The Common Thread” – highlighted “the threads that weave the ecosystems of craftsmanship, creativity, and innovation into the societal and economic fabric that enables us to allocate... Read more

Are you a Big Tech tycoon who just found yourself in the crosshairs of another pesky federal investigation? Having trouble mastering those perfectly polite yet completely opaque statements for your Congressional hearing? Or perhaps your fibs about your toxic business model have started to lose some of their luster on... Read more