MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Singapore Government to consult on role of website blocking in fighting online copyright infringement. | Out-Law |

We are all creators now: collections, creation and copyright. Free public event, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney:

Study shows that hip hop sampling boosts sales of the songs sampled. | Forbes |

Creative Commons endorses ‘ongoing efforts to reform copyright law’. | InfoJustice |

Defamation & media law

Lord McAlpine settles defamation action with Alan Davies over Twitter comment. | The Guardian |

Cathy Gellis wins pro bono victory against UK defamation subpoena. | Popehat |

Why journalists need the Open Government Partnership to help them. | The Guardian |

Privacy & security

Medical start-up invited millions of patients to write reviews they may not realise are public. | Forbes |

Keeping teens ‘private’ on Facebook won’t protect them. | TIME |

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts. | The Guardian |

LinkedIn ‘Intro’duces insecurity. | Bishop Fox |


NASA shoots lasers at the moon to create insanely fast Internet. | Wired Science |

How Sony is turning into a ghost in Japan and around the world. | Kotaku |


Landline complaints surge, NBN nearly fault free:  TIO. | ZDNet |

iiNet sees domestic capacity as new ISP ‘choke point’. | IT News |

NBN Co picks ‘turnaround experts’ for company review. | ZDNet |

Trade marks & brand protection

What happened when Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary went on Twitter for live Q&A? He crash-landed spectacularly. | The Independent |

Thai coffee stall vows to fight Starbucks logo lawsuit. | The Guardian | 

Social media

White House national security staffer fired for Twitter postings under alias. | The Washington Post  |

Justice opens up to social media. | The Age |

Yes, Twitter is flawed during an event like the Boston bombings — and so is everything else. | Giga OM |

27 October 2013

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Bryson claim puts free speech in focus. | The 1709 Blog |

Apple demands news site pull copy of iTunes radio contract, claims copyright infringement. | The Verge |

Attorney-General Brandis talks piracy in AIMC keynote. | IF |

Creative Commons supports copyright reform efforts around the world. | CC |

Getting to the heart of the piracy debate. | Tech Liberation |

Defamation & media law

Strasbourg: Delfi AS v Estonia: Court strikes serious blow to free speech online. | Inforrm’s Blog |

Kim Williams to sue Fairfax over Opera House story. | The Australian |

Proposed UK legislation: website operators to have two day deadline to notify author of defamation complaints. | Out Law |

Hinch denies appeal to Twitter supports to help pay fine. |

Privacy & security

Former ASIO head to run AG office. | SMH |

Anti-NSA group adopts highway to get close to Utah data centre. | The Salt Lake Tribune |

Lavabit’s Legal Fight: Should the feds have the right to break the Internet’s security system? | Forbes |

Australia starts debate on the right to be forgotten on the Internet. | The Age |


Ada Lovelace, the first tech visionary. | The New Yorker |

Why a Finnish gaming company is worth $3 Billion. | Bloomberg |

Free event in Sydney: ‘We are all creators now’, Collections, Creation & Copyright:


NBN’s ‘convoy of no consequence’. | ZDNet |

iiNet’s NBN fibre customers use 60% more internet. | IT News |

NBN Co calls in Telstra’s Milne. | AFR |

Conroy bypassed for shadow Comms portfolio. | IT News |

Trade marks & brand protection

Ralph Lauren defeated in .polo gTLD case. | Managing IP |

These cool brands are actually owned by major companies. | News |

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ novelist sues over trade mark. | CNN |

Social media

A high school is actually not Manhattan’s saddest spot, a researcher says. | New York Times |

The funniest questions Twitter asked of British Gas boss today.  | Liberal Conspiracy |

Passing gimmick or something more? Meet the brands letting their customers pay in social media. | Smart Company |

Snapchat says it’s handed over ‘about a dozen’ unopened messages to law enforcement. | The Verge|

21 October 2013

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


15 technologies that the content industry sued after Diamond Rio, one of the earliest MP3 players. | DisCo Project |

Aereo battles seem destined for the Supreme Court. | The 1709 Blog |

Free public event Tuesday 15 October: Trade and technology: What does the Trans Pacific Partnership mean for Australia? | Swinburne |

Defamation & media law

Kevin Pietersen accepts libel damages over Specsavers advert. | The Guardian |

Mal Brough to defend Clive Palmer defamation case. | Brisbane Times |

Judgment in  ECHR case suggests sites need to police comments and predict when a story will attract defamatory posts. | The Guardian |

Privacy & security

Mass spying: How the US stamps its supremacy on the Pacific region. | The Guardian |

Internet freedom group splits from tech companies over surveillance concerns. | The Hill’s Hillicon Valley |

The Australian government knew about PRISM before the Snowden revelations. | IT News |

Australian Law Reform Commission has released its Issues Paper – Serious Invasions of Privacy. | ALRC |


This African inventor created a $100 3-D printer from e-waste. | Fast Company |

The rise of the reader: journalism in the age of the open web: Katharine Viner | The Guardian | 


Telco sector memo to Malcolm Turnbull: please be decisive. | The SMH |

The US is losing control of the internet. | Wired UK |

Internet use: we’re more mobile, but we still need a cable. | Crikey |

Internet activity, Australia: June 2013. | Australian Bureau of Statistics |

Trade marks & brand protection

UK: Of Purple Haze and Scrabble Plays: appeal court says “no” to fuzzy trade mark descriptions. | The IPKat |

Clive Palmer files for Palmersaurus.  | TM Watch |

Social media

Socially speaking: In defence of social media. | Lawyers Weekly |

Facebook users can no longer hide from search. | Fast Company |

Google will start using your picture to sell products to friends. | The Verge |


14 October 2013

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Whose tattoo is it anyway? | LA Times |

Evolving copyright and the relationship with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). | Knowledge Ecology International |

Report: Piracy isn’t killing content. | Gizmodo |

Professor Ian Hargreaves: MPs have missed the mark in attacking copyright reform. | The Conversation |

Defamation & media law

Derryn Hinch guilty of contempt over Jill Meagher case. | The Guardian |

Chris Kenny to pursue Chaser team over dog skit. | The Age |

Privacy & security

Privacy in Australia – a timeline from colonial capers to racecourse snooping, possum perving and delving drones. | journlaw |

NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users. | The Guardian |

Avoid facial detection algorithms … with a t-shirt. | The Atlantic |


Visually impaired turn to smartphones to see their world. | New York Times |

The digital revolution’s lingering literacy problem. | ZDNet|

You’ve probably never heard of New York’s most valuable startup—and it’s worth $1.2 billion. |   Quartz |

Man controls the world’s first bionic leg with his mind. | Business Insider |


German telco sends in drones to mark cables. | IT News |

Foxtel triple play hits NBN snag. | AFR |

Soon your Facebook credentials will log you into wi-fi networks. | GigaOM |

Trade marks & brand protection

England: Cadbury’s attempt to trade mark Dairy Milk purple blocked. | The Guardian |

Jay Z explains the Blue Ivy trade mark. | Fashion Law|

Social media

ESPN bans its reporters from sports-related social media. | Mediaite |

Native advertising and online innovation. | Project DisCo |

Will it float? Twitter’s prospectus shows signs of growth. | Crikey |

7 October 2013