MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Ex-MP3tunes chief hit with $41 million copyright verdict. | Reuters |

Piracy notwithstanding, MPAA enjoys a “very strong year” – again. | Ars Technica |

Hargreaves implementation: draft regulations on copyright exception tabled before UK parliament. | The IPKat |

Cloud denialism preceded Aereo case. | Project DisCo |

Defamation & media law

Protecting journalist-source privilege in Australia. | Media Law Northern Ireland |

NSW courts to open doors to cameras. | Minister for Justice |

Privacy & information security

Hackonomics: Stolen Twitter accounts ‘more valuable’ than credit cards. | ZDNet |

We’re listening: Additional steps to protect your privacy.  | Microsoft |

No NSA reform can fix the American Islamophobic surveillance complex. | The Guardian |

Labor resurrects data notification bill.  | IT News |

A Castan Centre event: Surveillance and privacy in the digital age (2 April, Melbourne). | Monash University |


Is the Oculus Rift sexist? | Quartz |

Death to “link rot”: Here’s where the Internet goes to live forever. | Fast Company |

Nakamato’s neighbour: My hunt for bitcoin’s creator lead to a paralyzed crypto genius. | Forbes |

Pixel and Dimed: On (not) getting by in the gig economy.  | Fast Company |

Social media

The time we tricked the internet into following a paper clip on Twitter. | Wired |

Facebook’s like affair with brands is over. | SMH |

Why people quit Twitter. | Quartz |

5 rules for live tweeting events. | Brian Thurston |

30  March 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


ACCC endorses fair use and calls for copyright reform. | Australian Digital Alliance |

Landmark copyright suit Cariou v Prince is settled. | Art in America |

Teller wins lawsuit over copied magic trick.  | The Hollywood Reporter |

Google, Viacom settle landmark YouTube lawsuit. | Reuters |

IFPI releases annual Digital Music Report. Highlights priorities include campaign on copyright reform initiatives in the EU & Australia to improve online copyright enforcement. |

Defamation & media law

Can you sue a robot for defamation? | Forbes |

Hypocrisy adds insult to injury. | The Age |

Privacy & information security

NSA breached Chinese servers seen as a security threat. | New York Times |

NSA surveillance program reaches into the past to retrieve, replay phone calls. | Washington Post |

It’s time that metadata met an end. | ZDNet |

A Castan Centre event: Surveillance and privacy in the digital age (2 April, Melbourne). | Monash University |


US tech companies urge Sen Wyden to reject fast track and bring transparency to TPP. | EFF |

No, Nate, programmers may not be macho, but that’s not all there is to it.  | Medium |

Confessions of an ex-tech journalist.  | Medium |

The pointlessness of unplugging. | New Yorker |

Social media

Please let this be peak selfie.  | Wired |

Social media and the ethics of embedding.  | LinkTV |

Judge doubts woman’s compensation claim based on social media and blog posts. | Brisbane Times |

After the protests. | New York Times |

23 March 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Why Aereo matters to the cloud.  | DisCo Project |

Getty Images not quite free to use.  | Legal Genealogist |

Music Rights Australia backs Brandis’ copyright crackdown. | ZDNet |

Defamation & media law

Who benefits from deregulating the media? | New Matilda |

Gina Rinehart ordered to pay Fairfax journalist’s legal costs.  | ABC News |

The tweet that cost $105,000. | Sydney Morning Herald |

Privacy & information security

Target (US) executive resigns after data breach.  | New York Times |

Asylum seekers across Australia launch legal appeals following data breach. | The Guardian |

Apple keeps turning Bluetooth on when you update your iPhone.  |  Forbes |

What a croc: NT data retention proposal ‘overreach’.  | ZDNet |

Metadata project reveals privacy risks.  | ABC World Today |


The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary. | BBC News |

“Any idea with the power to transform the world won’t make much sense at first.” The first time I saw the web.  | Scott Berkun  |

Strictly algorithm: How news finds people in the Facebook and Twitter age. | The Guardian |

Through the watching glass. | Medium |


It’s the 25th anniversary of the web, not the Internet. | Medium |

Rural broadband – the difference it’s made to me.  | B4RN |

Google accuses ASIC, AFP of abusing take down laws.  | IT News |

Court finds jurisdiction to arbitrate access disputes.  | ACCC |

Doctor Who animator threatens Australian exit. |  ZDNet |

Social media

After WhatsApp what’s next for Facebook? | Australian Financial Review |

The era of Facebook is an anomaly.  | The Verge |

ASIC waters down social media monitoring plans. | Australian Financial Review |  Updated Guide 

Home Tweet Home: @HouseofCoates |  New York Times |

How a Facebook gallery nabbed me a dream job.  |  Buckleup’s Blog |

Why Twitter can’t keep crashing.  |  Wired |

16 March 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Australia’s Attorney-General gives ISPs piracy ultimatum. | ZDNet |

Spotify and Ministry of Sound settle music playlists copyright lawsuit.  | The Guardian |

US: CCI claims six strikes working great to thwart piracy offers absolutely no evidence to support claim.  | Techdirt |

Lessig truimphs in fair use battle. | The 1709 Blog |

The boneheaded copyright ruling that will unite Hollywood & Silicon Valley. | Washington Post |

Defamation & media law

Truth emerges after lies about Hoffman death.  | Sydney Morning Herald |

Free speech: What it is and what it isn’t. | The Conversation |

Privacy & information security

Optic Nerve: millions of Yahoo webcam images intercepted by GCHQ.  | The Guardian |

How covert agents infiltrate the Internet to manipulate, deceive, and destroy reputations.  | The Intercept |

What the Duke porn star reveals about privacy.  | Forbes |


U.S. airport harasses traveller: ‘We saw Bitcoin in your bag’. | Business Insider |

How the Internet uses nostalgia.  |  The Atlantic |

Agbogbloshie: the world’s biggest e-dump in pictures. | The Guardian |


Australian Federal Police call for more access to metadata.  |  ABC |

UK: Inquiry into phone and email snoopers.  | The Telegraph |

Social media

@GSElevator tattletale exposed (he was not in the Goldman elevator). | New York Times |

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (must, must read). | Boing Boing |

2 March 2014