Law + tech news round-up

In copyright news, Led Zeppelin won their jury trial over ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and the US anti-piracy notice scheme seems to have an uncertain future. Microsoft announced its purchase of LinkedIn and a UN Special Rapporteur released a report on freedom of expression, states and the private sector in the digital age. In Australia, the university sector is battling to understand their data retention obligations, and a man pleaded guilty to making rape threats on Facebook. With election day getting closer, Digital Rights Watch looked at where the parties stand on digital rights issues and Australian Privacy Foundation released their findings on the parties stance on privacy issues. …  That’s just some of the recent law + tech news. Happy reading.

Law + tech news round-up

Google had a big win in Oracle v Google, a trial covered in engaging detail by Sarah Jeong; Victoria released terms of reference for an inquiry into electronic voting, Veda was investigated for selling personal financial information to marketing companies, Paul Bernal reminded us that there’s no quick fixes to online abuse, and I’m looking forward to visiting Brisbane and attending QUT’s symposium on the TPP: Intellectual Property and Trade later this month. (Register here!)  …  That’s just some of the recent law + tech news. Happy reading.

Law + tech news round-up

The piracy #siteblock application commenced by the music industry had its first day in court; Pro Publica investigated data-driven “risk assessments” in the US criminal justice system, privacy concerns about this year’s census again made headlines, Paul Farrell reported that Federal police investigated an immigration detention whistleblower & sought access to his phone records, while a new analysis by Stanford researchers again highlighted the extraordinary power of telephone ‘metadata’  …  That’s just some of the recent law + tech news. Happy reading.

Law + tech news round-up

It’s the OAIC’s Privacy Awareness Week and the UN Privacy Rapporteur has challenged Australia to take a lead role in protecting fundamental freedoms like privacy.  ISPs and rights holders were back in court on 6 May and arguing over who should pay for site blocking.  A Queensland court banned a woman from social media for 6 months after posting nude photos of another woman. And in Japan, a 3D printing vagina kayak artist was found guilty of obscenity.  …  That’s just some of the recent law + tech news. Happy reading.