Weekly News Round-up

This week in the Round-up:  Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill, 2015, are due on 16 April, what Canadians should do if they receive a copyright infringement notification and Village Roadshow wants to work with ISPs instead of suing movie pirates.



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

Telcos reveal new piracy code. Overview of the Copyright Notice Scheme Code lodged for registration.  | IT News |

Canada: The Copyright Notice flood: what to consider if you receive a copyright infringement notification.  | Michael Geist |

In New Zealand, a legal battle looms over streaming TV. | Computerworld |

ISPs ordered to hand over customer details to Dallas Buyers Club. | IT News |

Village Roadshow wants to work with ISPs instead of suing movie pirates. | The Age |

Foxtel downplays importance of ruling: sending letters to pirates ‘isn’t efficient or good for consumers’. | Mumbrella |

Owner of film rights in Dallas Buyers Club has identified over 500 Internet users in Singapore. | Singapore Law Watch |

‘The Numbers Game’  – How the big studios began using piracy to measure success: Ramon Lobato & Julian Thomas | Inside Story |


Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Commonwealth Bank funds defamation action against consumer advocate. | SMH |

Criminalising disclosure -> Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law on the risk to press freedom posed by section 35P of ASIO Act:

You wouldn’t read about it: Adrian Bayley rape trials expose flaw in suppression orders. | The Conversation |


Privacy & information security

Refused asylum seekers face personal data disclosure by Immigration Department. | The Guardian |

US: Want to see domestic spying’s future? Follow the drug war. | Wired |

Status of data retention in the EU following the CJEU ruling – update April 2015. | Open Rights Group |

Meet the privacy activists who spy on the surveillance industry. | Fusion |

Drug Enforcement Agency sued over bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. | The Guardian |

Expert report led by CDT finds that Australian surveillance violates human rights. | CDT |

The security paradox: individual privacy versus digital driftnets. | The Conversation |


Life insurance that comes with a Fitbit monitor, and discounts if you share health data and keep fit. | New York Times |  

Your Invisible Boyfriend is not a bot. It’s a rotating cast of crowdsourced workers, getting paid 5 cents to text you. | Fusion |

Is your lawyer smarter than IBM’s Watson? | IT News |


Social media

Periscope and Meerkat, the Apps where life is but a stream. | SMH |

UK: Leave a digital legacy after your death, urges Law Society. | Lsaw Society |

I followed my stolen iPhone across the world, became a celebrity in China, and found a friend for life. | Buzzfeed |

Facebook tracks all visitors, even if you’re not a user and opted out. | Ars Technica |

Many, many Facebook users still don’t know that their news feeds are filtered by an algorithm. | Fusion |

15 April 2015


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