MsLods’ news round-up – law and technology (direct from New York City)

MSLODS’ ROUND-UP  ~ TECHNOLOGY,  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & MEDIA LAW

Copyright

Copyright wars are damaging the health of the Internet. | Guardian | http://bit.ly/YWY7jx

Spain targets advertisers to crack down on piracy. | The 1709 Blog | http://bit.ly/ZrSnhE

How copyright law hurts security research. | Slate Magazine | http://slate.me/YYsar4

Defamation & media law

Whistle blower legislation: the what, who and when you can go public – in a fashion.  | Open and Shut | http://bit.ly/X1ggAg

Failed media reforms let the public down. | New Matilda | http://bit.ly/14Gab0L

Privacy & security

Microsoft releases its first report on law enforcement requests. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/XgJ0Hu  and Australian police make thousands of requests to Microsoft. | IT News  | http://bit.ly/10nODQO

The astonishing speed of Chinese censorship. | BBC | http://bbc.in/106CIb1

Big data and a renewed debate over privacy. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/10mV3zy

Technology

The future of the Internet is still ads — and you’re the inventory. | Wired Business | http://bit.ly/16lgzbN

Spotify ‘to take on Netflix with video streaming’ . | Telegraph | http://bit.ly/YXIkRH

Google spectre allows Sensis’ TrueLocal deal. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/XLMDA5

Telecommunications

Telstra exchange fire cost $408,000 a day. | IT News | http://bit.ly/16m42ov

Trade marks & brand protection

Zorro: The clash of trade mark law and the public domain. | Art and Artifice | http://bit.ly/1080iV3

Social media

Colvin gets a new kidney – and kidney gets a Twitter account. | Sydney Morning  Herald | http://bit.ly/XgITvv

US judge says blogging from the courtroom is OK, but tweeting is different. | Digital Media Law Project | http://bit.ly/165krvz

You didn’t make the Harlem Shake go viral – corporations did. | Quartz | http://bit.ly/10842Wn

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Rooftop drinks in Wlliamsburg
Rooftop drinks in Williamsburg

1 April 2013

MsLods’ news round-up – law and technology (direct from New York City)

Margaritas and cowgirl boots …

6 days in Texas

We are now in wintry New York City following 6 memorable days in Texas, hosted most generously by my friends, Belinda and Lane. It’s  a state where everything is big – cars, roads, food, drinks, hair, guns, Bevo and the personalities.

The tasty, fresh and very good value Mexican food was a highlight from enchiladas at Gueros to ‘The Democrat’ breakfast taco at ‘Torchy Tacos’.  Margaritas were uniformly excellent (and half the price of similar drinks in Australia), including the frozen pre-mixed style available at gas stations for $1.99.

Rooftop bars, including one owned by Lance Armstrong, and the many live music venues make Austin’s nightlife a drawcard and noticeably so for many groups of hen’s parties. The animal print covered stairs at Maggie Mae’s was a special touch.

We were introduced to Southern style cooking at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. And yes, the portion sizes were huge. The chicken fried chicken, something like a schnitzel, was tasty, the cheese grits a gruel-like sludge made from corn less so.

Tash did an excellent drive acclimatising to driving on the opposite side of the road from Australia for our trip to San Antonio, about 2 hours from Austin.  Here we enjoyed a Texas BBQ at The County Line at one of the Riverwalk’s many restaurants.  The city was noticeably quieter than Austin, less bustle and many more vacant shops and buildings in the centre of town.

My Australian drivers licence wasn’t sufficient to purchase alcohol in the local HEB supermarket but no identity documentation was required to purchase drinks from the small liquor outlet across the car park or at the gas station.  Our other brush with the law, was Tash’s regular voicemail messages noting that someone in her household may have an outstanding matter with the court. Wonder who had her T-Mobile Texas number previously?

With our new ‘cowgirl’ boots, seeing Willie Nelson perform at a benefit night for Alzheimer’s Research was a fitting way to round off 6 days in Texas.

Margaritas and cowgirl boots …

MsLods’ news round-up ~ law & technology (direct from Austin, Texas)

MSLODS’ ROUND-UP*  

Copyright

European Commission study concludes “no evidence of digital music sales displacement”.  | EC | http://bit.ly/ZOf1BO (PDF of study).

Jammie Thomas-Rasset case: Supreme Court denies appeal of woman who owes RIAA $222,000. | The Verge| http://bit.ly/WSafYL

The Tide is Turning – now is the time to reform copyright for the digital era. | Ericsson | http://www.slideshare.net/EricssonSlides/the-tide-is-turning

Defamation & media law

Peter Timmins: News Ltd makes up privacy rules and threats to democracy as it goes. | Open and Shut | http://bit.ly/YNQGyl

UK media reforms: bloggers and the  Royal Charter. | Paul Bernal | http://bit.ly/11dpNYu

Privacy & security

Stilgherrian: Backwards attitude to online identity erodes our power. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/YkHQZG

AT&T hacker ‘Weev’ sentenced to 3.5 years in prison. | Wired | http://bit.ly/YNPDP1

They signed up to follow a favourite ABC TV series. So why did they get an email about ugg boots? | SMH | http://bit.ly/ZX0MvS

Should there be a right to be forgotten? The Internet never forgets. | Canberra Times | http://bit.ly/YkTXIO

Technology

Cory Doctorow: What I wish Tim Berners-Lee understood about DRM. | Guardian | http://bit.ly/YCTJ9p

Cisco says its “Internet of Everything”  is worth $14.4 Trillion. | ReadWrite | http://bit.ly/YCU8bJ

Digital film, TV purchases jump 36 per cent. | Australian Financial Review |  http://bit.ly/15XDI43

Apple boss shifts the blame for high prices. | The Age | http://bit.ly/Y6f4wl

Telecommunications

Industry consolidation continues: M2 bids $248 million for Dodo and Eftel. | IT News | http://bit.ly/15js7Kl

Trade marks & brand protection

What’s in a name? What happens when AdWords don’t add up. |  BRW |  http://bit.ly/WzMcNh

Social media

Mumbai police set up social media labs to monitor Facebook, Twitter. | NextBigWhat | http://bit.ly/15WIaQu

Parties prepare for digital election battle. | Australian Financial Review | http://bit.ly/ZaMqWk

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23 March 2013

MsLods’ news round-up ~ law & technology (direct from Austin, Texas)

MsLods’ news round-up ~ law & technology

MSLODS’ ROUND-UP*

Copyright

Foxtel CEO demands ISPs implement a system to protect copyright. | Australian Financial Review |  http://bit.ly/12Rgz5i

Creative Australia – capturing our digital culture. | Hon Simon Crean |  http://bit.ly/13UXa2Z

New Zealand: Soldier to pay $255.97 after flatmates downloaded songs while he was in Afghanistan. | Stuff |  http://bit.ly/Yqz885  and Rick Shera’s analysis of this decision |  Lowndes Jordan | http://bit.ly/Yl9HYx

Presentations from Australian Digital Alliance’s Copyright Forum now available online: http://bit.ly/10IMkbD

Defamation & media law

Terry Flew: Very cautious, piecemeal response to Convergence and Finkelstein Reports. | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/WP1zSS

Rinehart subpoenas Fairfax journalist in trust feud. | The Age |  http://bit.ly/15IYp3E

Political blogger in Wales ordered to pay £25,000 in libel damages to council chief executive. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/140KveN

Ben Eltham on the contrast between media reform proposals and the new cultural policy. | New Matilda | http://bit.ly/ZzDyMl

Privacy & security

Facebook data is greater than the sum of your likes. | Forbes |  http://onforb.es/16BeFVA

Cyber-espionage is old news. What’s new is the rhetoric, which is reaching a fever pitch right now. | MIT Technology Review | http://bit.ly/15Tybv6

Significant decision from the US:  Federal judge finds National Security Letters unconstitutional, bans them. | Wired | http://bit.ly/XNbYPL

Opinion: The Internet is a surveillance state – “and it’s efficient beyond the wildest dreams of George Orwell.”  | CNN | http://bit.ly/YzTvzP

Technology

Spotify: growing like  mad, yet so far to go. | CNET | http://cnet.co/ZJyjrZ

Q&A site Formspring, which attracted $14 million in venture  funding is shutting down. | Forbes Tech | http://onforb.es/114uWlz

Telecommunications

ISPs stare down Telstra backhaul cost increase . |IT News | http://bit.ly/Z6O4s5

Telstra, TPG change ‘unfair’ contract terms following ACCC review . | IT News | http://bit.ly/WP3DdK

Trade marks & brand protection

Grumpy Cat shows claws, vows to sue infringers. | Paid Content | http://bit.ly/114tRuh

Social media

University of Pennsylvania admissions officer fired for mocking applicants on Facebook. | Yale Daily News | http://bit.ly/ZzD7BD

Is Facebook losing its cool? Some teens think so. | Time | http://ti.me/YjH3VD

The history of Facebook as told through its ever-expanding list of profile fields .  |  Quartz | http://bit.ly/ZLAsmV

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MsLods’ news round-up ~ law & technology

Engaging with law and technology – news & views

In addition to freelance writing, I published a range of articles on issues concerning law and technology during my time at Herbert Geer.

I’ve also been asked to provide comment to the mainstream press on a range of issues where the law and technology intersect. Most recently, see:

Not sure that I’ll ever get used to hearing my voice on radio. Nevertheless, it has been a privilege to be a regular contributor to Radio Atticus, 2SER’s weekly law program since 2010.

In 2010, I developed and produced, initially for my own contacts and later Herbert Geer’s clients, a weekly round-up of intellectual property, technology and communications law news.  Watch this space for a relaunch of this initiative.

Engaging with law and technology – news & views

Freelance writing – law, technology and social media

For the past three years, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to write for different audiences, branching out from my comfort zone of formal legal writing such as court documents and submissions.

I particularly enjoy exploring issues where law and technology intersect.  This month I had the opportunity to write my first piece for CCH Australia on Companies and social media.

As an aside, all of these opportunities came about from people approaching me after having got to know me via my tweets. (It’s even more odd when people recognise me at events such as conferences from my Twitter profile picture as happened a number of times at this week’s fabulous Our Community Conference.)

Contact me if you would like further information about my skills and expertise.

Some examples of my published work:

Freelance writing – law, technology and social media

A new door opens …

This Thursday 21 March, I’m leaving Melbourne behind for 4 weeks.

My last time in the US was back in 2001, while I was studying on exchange at Osgoode Hall Law School. I spent a very memorable week in NYC in early October 2001, just three weeks after September 11.

On this trip, our first stop is Austin, Texas. I’m sure Willie Nelson live in concert  will be a highlight. Both my friend Tash and I, are not so sure about the special guest, Bevo.

From Austin to New York City, with plenty of time to wander from our base in Greenwich Village.

In addition to exploring New York and catching up with friends, I am participating in a panel at the Fordham IP Conference and hoping to share some of my experience from working on the landmark iiNet copyright litigation (known on Twitter as #iitrial).

From New York City to San Francisco and then a weekend out of the city to visit an old friend, Ruth Ann in Arnold, California.  A quick stop in LA rounds off the itinerary before heading home.

And a new door opens …

I will be back in Melbourne on 18 April and focusing on exploring new career opportunities.  (My LinkedIn profile provides a snapshot of my skills, interests and experiences.)

Any ideas, suggestions, contacts for my US trip and career are most welcome.  If only someone else could pack for me too …

A new door opens …