Monthly Archives: April 2017

Building Mastodon to be frozen

As the federated social network Mastodon has surged in popularity over the last month, more than a thousand instances — ranging from a single user to tens of thousands — have been started by the community. That’s a really great development in terms of decentralization and distribution, which bring a lot of benefits, but it […]

Online communities under threat in new copyright decision

A Ninth Circuit copyright decision in Mavrix v. LiveJournal could bring nasty implications for online communities, threatening the copyright “safe harbor” provisions that allows those communities to form. Specifically, the Ninth Circuit has said that volunteer moderators of online communities may be considered “agents” of the platform they’re on, and that if those moderators learn […]