MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

 Copyright

Tickets now available for Australian Digital Alliance’s Copyright Forum: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-digital-alliance-forum-2014-tickets-9830741011

Fair use: Why Hollywood studios care about NFL’s Baltimore Ravens logo. | THR | http://bit.ly/1h5HSPu

Legal action over background music could lead to silent nights. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1inzKKJ

Next TPP Ministerial meeting to be put off until February. | Global Post | http://bit.ly/1bvAvZA

Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain American judge rules. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1eNigHd

A look back at how the content industry nearly killed Blockbuster & Netflix. | TechCrunch | http://tcrn.ch/1aghlY4

Defamation & media law

Ray Hadley to pay $280,000 for defaming woman on show. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1h5El3W

Sarah Hanson-Young wins opening skirmish in action against Zoo Weekly. | SMH | http://bit.ly/19w7K2i

Privacy & information security

Researchers publish Snapchat code allowing phone numbers matching after exploit disclosures. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1cL3ZJl

Stolen Target credit cards are selling for $20-$100 each. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1bvwJzm

Tech giants issue call for limits on government surveillance of users. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1fRSHB8

Australia’s real surveillance scandal. | The Global Mail | http://bit.ly/18RrBeo

European Court strikes a blow for online privacy. | Open Society Foundations | http://osf.to/1inCebS

Transparency Report: Government removal requests continue to rise. | Google Blog | http://bit.ly/1ejeBfy

Technology

The year we broke the Internet. | Esquire | http://bit.ly/1agcIxe

The only thing weirder than a telemarketing robot. | The Atlantic | http://bit.ly/19u42mL

Google just bought a mechanised cheetah and other military robots. | Business Week | http://buswk.co/1agfy5i

2013: The year ‘the stream’ crested. | The Atlantic | http://bit.ly/JBoRG2

Telecommunications           

Copper condition curtails cut-price NBN’s great leap forward. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1lqCILz

Australians more reliant on high-speed broadband. | AFR | http://bit.ly/1hNo9ln

HFC in the National Broadband Network. | Simon Hackett | http://bit.ly/1hNqgpi

Trade marks & brand protection

Beyonce rejects tradition for social media’s power. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1jW9EQw

Australia Post lose appeal in Federal Court. | ARN | http://bit.ly/KddGEH

Social media

The blog is dead, long live the the blog. | Nieman Lab | http://bit.ly/1dhqALZ

‘Dinosaur wrangler’ sacked from ‘Jurassic Park': Fair Work Commission upholds dismissal over Facebook abuse. | JournLaw | http://bit.ly/1bvyigK

Instagram Direct is Facebook’s latest play for time. | Business Week | http://buswk.co/1cefqXj

29 December 2013

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

 Copyright

Cost of the TPP: Learning from Australia’s copyright experience under AUSFTA. |
Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/18MbpLL

2013 brings major fair use wins for tech, entertainment in the US. | Project Disco | http://bit.ly/19rBudn

Brandis sits on copyright review until 2014. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1hFT99p

A closer look at the public consultation on EU copyright rules. | The IPKat | http://bit.ly/1ggYhAe

Defamation & media law

Vietnam threatens fines and jail for tweeting critical comments about the government. | Media Bistro | http://bit.ly/1aKO3jw

The man without a name to get one – a small victory for open justice. | JournLaw | http://bit.ly/IKjjsc

Privacy & information security

Australian spy agency offered to share data about ordinary citizens. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1eYYc0i

NSA tracking cell phone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show. | The Washington Post | http://wapo.st/19rB1YA

Say no to late night venues using biometric surveillance, writes Asher Wolf. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1ggXaka

ASIO raids: the rule of law must be protected, writes Elizabeth O’Shea. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1bPNPOt

Technology

A drone’s scholar answers the big questions about Amazon’s plans. | The Atlantic | http://bit.ly/1citbRW

Google files creepy patent to automate your social media voice. | Slate | http://slate.me/19rFPNI

Telecommunications           

Telcos oppose renting Telstra copper for NBN. | Australian Financial Review | http://bit.ly/1iLTokC

Senate to explore submarine cable security. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1aKPtdV

Trade marks & brand protection

It’s a “no” to .polo. | Lexology | http://bit.ly/1aKNK8x

Dick Smith facing a fight over OzEmite brand. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1gh0M5B

Social media

Vale Denis Wright: The power of connection on Twitter. | Kat Gallow | http://bit.ly/1bpmdgm

UK Attorney-General to warn Twitter and Facebook users about contempt of court. | Gov.uk | http://bit.ly/19rAUfH

ACCC blogger guidelines add pressure for business disclosure. | Australian Financial Review | http://bit.ly/1d2YFwZ  > ACCC Guidelines: ‘Online Reviews’: http://bit.ly/1d2YFwZ

Twitter appoints Marjorie Scardino as first female board member. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1eYYGUf

 

8 December 2013

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea screening: what next?

Community

Last night I co-hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.   This powerful documentary looks at the circumstances and decisions that lead someone to become a ‘boat person’. In making this film, Jessie Taylor and Ali Reza Sadiqi met with 250 asylum seekers across Indonesia. In the words of the asylum seekers themselves, their stories are told.

We were also very privileged to have Jessie Taylor speak before the screening.

Jessie highlighted that there are a number of practical actions we can all take to both advocate for more humane refugee policy and to assist those refugees & asylum seekers in Australia.

* The wonderful Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has a list of ways you can get involved and also produce excellent fact sheets & mythbusters­ to assist you in discussing these issues.   *Amnesty International also has useful resources on refugee issues if you’d like to learn more.

* Write to your federal Member of Parliament: Oxfam have some tips on how to do this.

*Spread the word: host a screening or encourage friends, family and colleagues to watch Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea film. Doco is available to buy for $20 here: http://deepblueseafilm.com/­ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deepblueseafilm

*Volunteer: there are a range of organisations that work to support asylum seekers and refugees. For example, you could tutor refugees in homework programs.  See Refugee Council’s list of organisations in your community.

For those in Ballarat, my Mum, Margaret and her friend Carmel are hosting an afternoon tea to raise funds for asylum seekers & their families on Thursday 12 December:

Christmas in Detention

Many asylum seekers are spending their fifth year in detention in Australia.

Come and show your support for human rights in Australia and help assist these people and their families.

Afternoon  Tea:       Thursday 12 December

Location: 30 Waller Ave Ballarat    at 1:30pm

 Guest Speaker:   Pamela Curr, Refugee Rights Co-ordinator from ASRC Melbourne will speak on Australia’s present Immigration policy and its repercussions.

Inquiries         0401 175 045   /  53322103

Carmel           annekav123@yahoo.co.uk

Stalls, entrance prizes

Entry   $15.00    Conc $10.00

Proudly supported by:   Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council  &    House of Welcome


Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea screening: what next?

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

In the deserts of Sudan and the Gardens of Japan, from Milan, to Yucatan, the CopKat is in the can. | The 1709 Blog | http://bit.ly/1cTgePV

Copyright and the JFK assassination. | Internet Cases | http://bit.ly/1eLhjLW

Moby talks BitTorrent, Spotify and artist’s digital rights. | Musically | http://bit.ly/1dIVdfY

iiNet’s Steve Dalby on copyright and access to content in Australia. | iiNet Blog | http://bit.ly/1fVezi5

ALRC’s Copyright and the Digital Economy Final Report delivered to the Attorney-General. | ALRC | http://bit.ly/1ip8gFA Government now has 15 sitting days to table the document.

Here’s why Obama’s trade negotiators push the interests of Hollywood and drug companies. | Washington Post | http://wapo.st/18RD3EO

Useful table of Trans-Pacific Partnership analyses and commentary: http://tpplist.wordpress.com/ 

Defamation & media law

Lesley Kemp Twitter libel case is dropped. | BBC | http://bbc.in/1b5wZsK

UAE, Kuwait jail two Twitter uses for dissent, blasphemy. | Reuters | http://reut.rs/1ip7CI0

Privacy & information security

UN General Assembly Third Committee approves text titled ‘right to privacy in the digital age’. | UN | http://bit.ly/Iwcgnc

Privacy Commissioner plans hardline approach to new Act. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1cf5Dkb

Who is watching the watch lists? | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1bbfBi5

Users ID’ed through typing, mouse movements. | SC Magazine | http://bit.ly/1c4AigC

Technology

Is Google’s secretive research lab working on human-dolphin communication? | The Atlantic | http://bit.ly/1hqorRl

Netflix may have 20,000 or more customers in Australia – where it hasn’t even launched. | Quartz | http://bit.ly/19bsglm

What could replace ‘airplane mode’? | The Atlantic | http://bit.ly/1ip77O3

Making-of Lady Gaga’s latest video is coming to BitTorrent. | GigaOm | http://bit.ly/IwgPOl

Telecommunications           

NBN Co guidance: government can’t handle the unvarnished truth. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/186R5BH

In child porn crackdown, UK’s filter strategy ensares ISPs. | Business Week | http://buswk.co/1akLB3e

NBN chief puts brakes on FTTN upgrade path. | IT News | http://bit.ly/IyytAH

Telstra’s copper is ‘beyond repair’ and an ‘absolute disgrace’: union. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1jWWMEA

Trade marks & brand protection

Starbucks defeated in quest to stop sale of Charbucks coffee. | The IPKat | http://bit.ly/1b7OGa9

Fake LinkedIn profile may cause trade mark infringement. | Technology & Marketing Law Blog | http://bit.ly/18RB9nF

Cease-and-desist stoush as Kogan gatecrashes Click Frenzy. | Smart Company | http://bit.ly/1akPbKx

Social media

The NSW Attorney-General says Twitter users did a great job with the Simon Gittany case. | Business Insider | http://bit.ly/1c4vZSA

Twitter: Why 2014 will be a watershed year. | BRW | http://bit.ly/1cIYKGf

Courts struggle to find solution to social media misuse. | AFR | http://bit.ly/1cJ0C1L

ManicureMonday: Seventeen’s mag hashtag hijacked by scientists. | Slate | http://slate.me/18eQb30

Why this shepherd loves Twitter. | The Atlantic | http://bit.ly/1cJ2ZBQ 

1 December 2013

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology