Weekly News Round-up

In this MsLods Round-up: It News reports that site blocking could have unintended consequences, Billboard reports on the lawsuit over the price of Happy Birthday and Ars Technica writes about the EU plans to banish geo-blocking to modernize copyright law.


Industry warns site blocking could have unintended consequences: Highlight need to avoid ASIC blunder. | IT News |  

 Senate Inquiry – Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. Submissions due 16 April.

Lawsuit over the price of ‘Happy Birthday’ inches forward. | Billboard |

Ireland: UPC ordered to install ‘three strikes’ anti-piracy system. | Independent IE |

How Netflix is trying to make Australians drop their VPNs. | ZDNet |  

EU announces plans to banish geo-blocking, modernize copyright law.  | Ars Technica |


Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

How the Adrian Baylely suppression order forced the reprinting of our new media law book. | JournLaw |

The Age abandons potential defence to Helen Liu defamation action to protect confidential sources. | SMH |

UK HM Revenue & Customs whistleblower illegally investigated using counter-terrorism powers. | The Guardian |

In Turkey, anchorwoman faces a decade in jail for tweet. | Sunday’s Zaman |

Data retention: ‘journalist information warrants’ are warrants in name only. | The Guardian |

Journalist Peter Greste delivers blunt message to politicians on detention centre secrecy. | SMH |


Privacy & information security

PSO breached “data security” for a laugh, documents reveal. | The Courier |

FBI used to recommend encryption. Now they want to ban it. | The Guardian |

New data world order: government can read every Australian like an open book. | The Guardian |

2500 metadata ‘cops’ to search phone and internet records. | SMH |

Human Rights Council creates mandate of Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.  | OHCRC |

Stolen Uber customer accounts are for sale on the dark web for $1. | Motherboard |

Privacy Commissioner accepts enforceable undertaking to enhance information security at Optus. | OAIC |

“For privacy is not only a personal right, but a collective good—a cornerstone of democracy”, writes David Cole. | The Nation |



Welcome to the Manila Intermediary Liability Principles! | CIS |

“The number of WhatsApp messages sent every day now exceeds the number of standard texts.” What’s Up? | The Economist |

Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops. | The Register |


Social media

On social media & professional identity: “This is not just a post about Instagram”. | Thesis Whisperer | 

Vietnam: Communist Party leaders struggle over social media.  | Global Voices |

“Twitter puts trillions of tweets up for sale to data miners”… even police involved in crowd control. | The Guardian |

29 March 2015


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