MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

No evidence that the Copyright Alerts have had a significant impact on piracy rates in the US. | Torrentfreak | http://bit.ly/1r8g9yS

Hollywood demands tougher penalties for Aussie pirates. | Torrentfreak | http://bit.ly/11FXmUw

Australian ministers likely to recommend ISPs to send copyright notices and block piracy sites. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1sX52ZX

Can graffiti be copyrighted? | The Atlantic |http://theatln.tc/1pocavR

When the time comes we’ll need to step up the fight against TPP’s secret, anti-user agenda. | EFF | http://bit.ly/1xT6CjW

Will Netflix end piracy in Australia? | Televised Revolution | http://bit.ly/1p8d45W

Rightscorp nails 30,000 users for piracy in one month, still loses money. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1yCCIzU

How copyright law could get you killed. | Vox | http://bit.ly/11NF9W8

Controversial ‘Innocence of Muslims’ ruling to be reconsidered by appellate court. | The Hollywood Reporter | http://bit.ly/1xijxhE

Defamation & media law

Australian journalist fears rough justice in Thai defamation case. | The Citizen Web |

Murder trial with a twist: defamation jury to decide if Gordon Wood killed Carolyn Byrne. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1y0WkPJ

Ireland: Libel tourism could become our newest cottage industry. | Irish Times | http://bit.ly/1qMQqS1

Google’s French arm faces daily fines over defamatory article. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1q1Zpy5

Privacy & information security

Cross-party federal committee scathing in its criticism of Abbott government’s mandatory data retention plans. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1zzXQro

Update on how ‘the west’ is backing away from data retention. | MsLods | http://bit.ly/1BXjomF

Why privacy matters even if you have nothing to hide: Daniel Solove. | The Chronicle Review | http://bit.ly/1g551vD

Collection of resources, commentary and analysis on Australia’s controversial data retention bill. | Storify (by me) | http://bit.ly/104A4XJ

Department of Immigration and Border Protection unlawfully disclosed personal information of asylum seekers. | OAIC | http://bit.ly/1xMJ56H

When Fitbit is the expert witness. | The Atlantic | http://theatln.tc/1p8cIfJ

UK ISPs have agreed to filter terrorist and extremist material at the government’s behest. | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/1vyyRGu

Mt Martha woman snapped sunbaking in g-string by real estate drone. | Herald Sun | http://bit.ly/1ENMlNX

684,000 households are paying for content through international stores. | Choice | http://bit.ly/1AwHJhJ

Industry and government say ‘collect everything’. History suggests this is a bad idea. | Slate | http://slate.me/1ydYOZ2

Social media

Juries and social media in the technological age. | Supreme Court of Victoria | http://bit.ly/1vyzdwx

Filmakers think Twitter is ruining the Academy Awards. | The Daily Dot | http://bit.ly/1tnVmXI

Does Twitter have a secret weapon for silencing trolls. | The Verge | http://bit.ly/1v3zic3

22 November 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Attorney-General’s Department censors public view on piracy. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1sl0fR5

Can there be copyright in one’s own bottom? And what about a bottom pose? | IPKat | http://bit.ly/1zaQ1YX

Case of Sherlock Holmes copyright closes after US Supreme Court refuses appeal. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1xvmk3E

Belgian and French copyright laws ban photos of certain public buildings. | EU Observer | http://bit.ly/1tFjcD8

Aereo shutting down operations, closing Boston office. | BetaBoston | http://bit.ly/1qrZSnQ

How should the Marrakesh Treaty for the blind & visually impaired be implemented in Australia? The AGD is seeking submissions: http://bit.ly/1AIXGCr

Defamation & media law

Singapore PM wins defamation case against blogger. | SCMP | http://bit.ly/1xvm3xF

Public interest journalism is under attack on multiple fronts. | PIJF | http://bit.ly/1wFzsFj

Responsible use of drones should be exempted from media laws: Goldberg. | JournLaw | http://bit.ly/13XTwIi

George Brandis attempts to reassure reporters – by undermining journalism. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/10EL7XZ

Privacy & information security

The Australian dusts off the “Must resist any move to give a right to sue over privacy” file. |  Open and Shut | http://bit.ly/1yjV8Fi

UK: Police misuse of RIPA “metadata” powers is systemic, MPs told. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1tNDKYI

We don’t have any pre-existing metadata laws: Brandis. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1yjXmEE

Collection of resources, commentary and analysis on Australia’s controversial data retention bill. | Storify (by me) | http://bit.ly/104A4XJ

British spies are free to target lawyers and journalists. | The Intercept | http://bit.ly/1xdRE8X

Metadata collection comes under fire in new UN draft anti-surveillance resolution. | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/1EaOH9z

The Dads of Tech. | The Baffler | http://bit.ly/1txWlrF

Feds shutter illegal drug marketplace Silk Road 2.0, arrest 26 year-old San Francisco programmer. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1xgIk3X

New Zealand: censor eyes “global mode” Internet access. | The New Zealand Herald | http://bit.ly/116uZQd

Social media

Facebook: we are being slurped 24% more by government this year. | The Register | http://bit.ly/1GCBfPM

Twitter exec says it’s not about the money. | LA Times | http://lat.ms/1zDgjpG

Saudi lawyers jailed, banned from media over tweets. | Yahoo News | http://yhoo.it/1zaSYIZ

Navigating a world of silos. | Paul Wallbank | http://bit.ly/1uaH0il

9 November 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Perth folk: Sunday 2 November you can hear Steve Dalby, Senator Ludlam & Rebecca Giblin discuss copyright at the Disrupted Festival of Ideas. (And it’s free!) 

Google removes results linking to stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence nude. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1yROmtY

Not our kind of club. | iiNet blog | http://bit.ly/1zn0dBC

Australian ISP iiNet takes a stand against copyright trolling by producers of Dallas Buyers Club. | Techdirt | http://bit.ly/1yBcJt0

Judge issues Aereo injunction, stops short of enjoining time shifting. | THR | http://bit.ly/1wz0ETN

The soaring financial costs of blocking pirate sites. | TorrentFreak | http://bit.ly/1zuYPNc

Copyright in the Trans-Pacific Partnership echoes past mistakes. | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1wz2NPk

Defamation & media law

Offences for disclosing information about covert operations. | Parliament of Australia | http://bit.ly/1pMZ64G

UK: Libel cases prompted by social media postings rise 300% in a year. | The Independent | http://ind.pn/1y8Cq43

Barry Spurr v New Matilda: the facts, the law and the porridge: Richard Ackland. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1DeT8Q9

Australia’s war on whistleblowers must end. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1t9z5BC

Judge ices cake decorators’ defamation case. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1tr129f 

Privacy & information security

Metadata: Privacy Commissioner cannot monitor all those with access.  | The Guardian |  

Calls for urgent reform of metadata access as government reports reveal disparity. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1zuSzVL

Will metadata musings ever mature beyond paranoid fears? – Stilgherrian | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1rDPhq8

Research shows mass surveillance fails drastically in striking balance between costs and benefits to society. | Techdirt | http://bit.ly/1tmKD4m

BBC uses anti-terror spy powers to track down TV licence fee dodgers. | The Daily Mail | http://dailym.ai/12Fqgpc

Website blocking is not internet filtering: Australian government. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1uHk727

The Sky is Rising: Data shows wealth of opportunities for digital content. | DiSCo Project | http://bit.ly/1uKcdVE 

UK: Internet service providers must help crack down on fake goods, High Court rules. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1CMD4F8

NZ: Why Gigatown is not a waste of money. | Bill Bennett | http://bit.ly/ZS3Pv4

Social media

Trolls, threats, the law and deterrence. | Paul Bernal | http://bit.ly/1rDTWZs

The labourers who keep dick pics and beheadings out of your Facebook feed. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/10qAzwi

Ferrari hit with lawsuit for taking over Facebook fan page. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1ziSLHw

26 October 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

One of the big news items in IP this past week was Wikileaks’ leak of the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Some of the analysis:

  • Leak of controversial TPP IP Chapter shows US still pushing for draconian copyright provisions. | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/1pqdSOp

  • New leak of TPP consolidated text on intellectual property provides details of pandering to drug companies and publishers. | KEI | http://bit.ly/1sXFRKr

And a reminder: Andrew Robb to host TPP Trade Ministers’ meeting in Sydney 25 – 27   negotiations to include intellectual property provisions.

Round and round like a skipping record: Australia’s FTA IP negotiations under fire. Again. | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/1CF1GPU

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, the world’s leading resource for DMCA enforcement transparency, has been revamped: http://bit.ly/1sXtGNA

Gold Coast film convention told movie pirates put a *million* Aussie jobs at risk. | Gold Coast Bulletin |   (And piracy will soon be a “mortal sin” ….)

Defamation & media law

 British police’s use of Ripa powers to snoop on journalists to be reined in. | The Guardian |  

Five reasons terror laws wreck media freedom and democracy. | The Conversation |  http://bit.ly/1rlewMQ

The links between Hollywood, Heat and the Irish High Court. | The Irish Times | http://bit.ly/ZAGrlx

Journalists have no choice but to fight back, because if they don’t they will become irrelevant.  

Privacy & information security

iiNet on Data Retention: “Not Necessary or Proportionate”. | Gizmodo | http://bit.ly/1oilVSL

Abbott government data storage plans lack privacy safeguards, says iiNet. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1sjdSVu

Brandis’ callousness on data retention beggars belief. | Business Spectator | http://bit.ly/1vVKe9x

In Silicon Valley, senator calls for ending American “digital dragnet”. | Ars Technica |  

Excellent (frightening) podcast on data retention with Senator Ludlam, John Lindsay and John Stanton | Cross Talk – Phil Dobbie |  

Privacy advocates say Australia going further than anyone else on data retention. | The Guardian |  

Electronic mass surveillance fails—drastically. | Just Security | http://zd.net/1CEVVSf

Top tech execs: end mass surveillance to boost digital economy. | The United States Committee on Finance | http://1.usa.gov/1sC1Ipb 

UN report finds mass surveillance violates international treaties and privacy rights. | The Intercept | http://bit.ly/1u4zlOg

The FBI Director’s evidence against encryption is pathetic. | The Intercept | http://bit.ly/1sQWgQP

The state wants to spy on us but is it up to the job? | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1qT3r6t

American website Intercept reveals secret activities of Australian spy agency. | SMH | 

Who wants to be forgotten? |   | http://bit.ly/1y5Klir

Asylum seekers’ personal details stolen in second immigration data breach. | The Guardian |  

The best part of the documentary ‘Citizen Four': Snowden’s coming out week. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1wAujf8

Chicago’s smart city: from open data to rat control. | ZDNet |  http://zd.net/1CEVVSf

Women in computing: the 60s pioneers who lit up the world of coding. | The Guardian | 

Australia’s most powerful women in technology. | Women’s Agenda | http://bit.ly/1whbQnZ

The dark market for personal data. | The New York Times | http://nyti.ms/ZAIbLp

#Gamergate shows tech needs far better algorithms. | TechCrunch | http://tcrn.ch/ZKyydz

Egg freezing: a sign your workplace is a dystopian hell-hole. | Hunt Gather Love | http://bit.ly/1qTdVCN

Episode 576: When women stopped coding. | NPR | http://n.pr/1wqijyS

Social media

“Twitter is not just a timeline” What’s wrong with Twitter’s latest experiment with broadcasting favorites, by . | Medium | http://bit.ly/1nsi44H

LinkedIn sued for furnishing reference reports on users. | The Recorder | http://bit.ly/1DoouFV

First court date set in case to ban Twitter and Facebook in Egypt. | Mada Masr | http://bit.ly/1pqijc4

Mastercard to access Facebook user data. | SMH| http://bit.ly/1sXDreN

Can Ello get by on a manifesto and a smiley? | ZDNet | http://zd.net/ZrFDj5

To reach China, LinkedIn plays by local rules. | The New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1q0r9wo

Not on a social network? You’ve still got a privacy problem. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1yHb1tW

113-year-old woman lies about her age to get a Facebook account. | Metro UK | http://bit.ly/1D7uN0k

19 October 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Less than two weeks to get your tickets to The Privacy Workshop, Federation Square, 17 October, Melbourne:  https://privacy.electronworkshop.com.au

Copyright

Grooveshark loses copyright infringement case, but breaks no new legal ground. | LA Times | http://lat.ms/1EeREbK

Andrew Robb to host TPP Trade Ministers’ meeting in Sydney 25 – 27   negotiations to include intellectual property provisions.

Committee report on Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement was  presented to the Senate this week:  ISP liability and the iiNet case discussed at pp 41-3.

On the trail of an online pirate. | The New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1s1greL

Defamation & media law

Freedom on information may cost $800 as Coalition seeks to abolish regulator. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1rWedge

Telling tales of terror. | ABC’s Media Watch | http://ab.co/1mG8mv1

National security laws ‘strike at the heart of press freedom’. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1rpEHb0

Privacy & information security

Just the facts? This dossier goes further. |  New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1BFU27l

The Right to be Forgotten: Not an Easy Question: Frank Pasquale. | TechPolicy | http://bit.ly/1yESuP0

Librarians won’t stay quiet about government surveillance. | Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1tpbatz

Naked photo sparks row at Sydney University. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1tpcAV3

The women who tech forgot. The Innovators. |  The New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1n4nTFn

Unlocking the geo-block: Australians embrace VPNs. | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1vG0s6G

The NSA & me: James Bamford. | The Intercept | http://bit.ly/1yBiavF

The Geek chorus: ‘Give Mark Zuckerberg all the data he wants’. | The Register | http://bit.ly/1s1gozx

Social media

Peter Nunn jailed for abusive tweets to MP Stella Creasy (UK). | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1tbzWxt

Let slip the doges of war: Senator Ludlam calls for a meme protest of data retention laws. | CNET | http://cnet.co/1rR7LaO -> http://stopdataretention.tumblr.com/

Some judicial opinions only require 14o characters. | The New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1BFU27l

Celebrity vloggers are good for your brand: Richenda Vermeulen. | AFR | http://bit.ly/1xbHkg8

5 October 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Dear Rupert. | Google Policy Europe | http://bit.ly/1uTe7os

Harper review recommends scrutiny of trade agreement IP clauses. | ComputerWorld | http://bit.ly/1ruHRZL

Slamming Netflix backdoors will not help local streamers. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1onXfTb

Creative Commons Information Pack. | National Copyright Unit | http://bit.ly/1iCgXbd

Defamation & media law

Defamation law reminds critics of Indonesia’s past. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1qJf6DM

Man wrongly identified by Fairfax Media as terrorism suspect might sue. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/YxwS64

Privacy & information security

The Privacy Workshop, Federation Square, 17 October: https://privacy.electronworkshop.com.au

Round-up of commentary on data retention following Friday’s Senate hearing chaired by Senator Ludlam: http://bit.ly/1t1iDit

Senators’ ignorance on surveillance laws is not bliss. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1wPaQrL

France adopts anti-terror laws eroding civil liberties. | La Quadrature Du Net | http://bit.ly/1CxfRIP

Eight ways Tony Abbott is trying to trade freedom for security. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1Cxj4YM

‘Communications Surveillance, Big Data and the Law’.  | UNSW Law  Journal |  

BitTorrent adds paygate to its direct-to-fan publishing platform Bundle. | TNW | http://tnw.co/YuRZGA

Competition review supports tackling Australia tax. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1vpojXc

16-Year-Old Irish girls win Google Science Fair 2014 with world-changing crop yield breakthrough. | Inhabitat | http://bit.ly/1CiUgUi

Website blocking scheme not a filter, Comms Dept says. | ComputerWorld | http://bit.ly/1Cxj4YM

Social media

Russia asks Facebook, Google, Twitter to comply with law on data storage. | The Moscow Times | http://bit.ly/1rsVpnj

Social media’s difficult adolescence. | Paul Wallbank | http://bit.ly/1vochfC

Report on the use of electronic devices in the House of Representatives Chamber and Federation Chamber. | APH | http://bit.ly/ZiKl33

28 September 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Economists: consumers will suffer under copyright crackdown. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1q7SMDs

Ministerial, working level TPP talks eyed in Australia in October. | GlobalPost | http://bit.ly/1BNhWQj

iiNet rejects Village piracy claim. | AFR | http://bit.ly/1tP3dj1

Village Roadshow fails Turing Test. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/Z4ifbR

Defamation & media law

 Are bloggers ‘journalists’? New Zealand’s High Court says yes.  | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1qJAgaz

Government to appoint Children’s e-Safety Commissioner. | Minister for Communications | http://bit.ly/Z4ixiV

Journalists may face prison under proposed new Australian anti-terror laws. | WAN IFRA  | http://bit.ly/1tL4vhf 

Privacy & information security

Text-inspectors. Andrew O’Hagan on No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald. | London Review of Books | http://bit.ly/1sOy9hz

The murky moves toward metadata retention. | The Saturday Paper | http://bit.ly/XTi8yx

Sydney dawn counter-terrorism raids: why now, and why so few answers? | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1tKIsYc

Swedish ISP urges European Commission to end ‘illegal data retention’. | PC World | http://bit.ly/1ur6zJb

UNHCR: Joint statement on privacy in the digital age. | IFEX | http://bit.ly/1DqgaX5

A World From Below episode on Pine Gap (Australia) the role it plays in the drone war & mass surveillance:  http://bit.ly/1mu2SE5

The Internet isn’t killing media anymore. It’s helping it make a killing in profits. | Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1s4XWHI

Silicon Valley has officially run out of ideas. | Slate | http://slate.me/X8NkJJ

Why big data evangelists should be sent to re-education camps: Stilgherrian | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1r54i7D

Study: Cities with super-fast Internet are more productive. | Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1p7KEDF

Social media

Social media: beat the journos, don’t say anything stupid. | The Mandarin | http://bit.ly/1qW8doB

The Twitter Government and Elections Handbook (US 2014 edition). | Twitter | http://bit.ly/1s7makH

Tweet and destroy: Australian spies track terror threats on social media. | The Age | http://bit.ly/ZyKdMD

21 September 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology