MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Can you copyright a feeling? The Blurred Lines case shows there’s something wrong with copyright. | The Conversation |  

US $7.4m Blurred Lines verdict beats high mark of $5.4m that Michael Bolton paid for infringing Isley Brothers’ song. | The Hollywood Reporter |  

More copyright trolls rushing in to take advantage of Canadian notice system loopholes. | Techdirt |

UK: Sky will hand over customer data in movie piracy case. | Torrentfreak |

RIAA + MPAA are pressuring ICANN to force registrars to suspend domains over “copyright abuse complaints”. | Washington Post |

US: Piracy lawsuits dominated by just three movie companies. | Torrentfreak | 

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Malcolm Turnbull puts plan for media ownership reform on PM’s desk. | The Guardian |

Treasurer for wail. | The Saturday Paper |

 defamation case: Federal Court won forum shopping case, but why, and how? | The Social Litigator |

Travels with my censor. | The New Yorker |

Australia’s first Instagram defamation case? Bikini Girl v Banana Girl. | The Daily Mail | 

Parliamentary inquiry into access to journalists’ communications data Submissions due 2 April. Report 4 June.

Whistleblowers who revealed child abuse on Nauru being investigated by AFP. | The Guardian | 

Privacy & information security

EU Commission says it will not propose a new data retention law. | Reuters |

Post-Snowden Parliamentary inquiry calls for tighter safeguards on spooks’ access to “metadata”. | The Register |

Half a million communications data access requests authorised in UK last year. | The Guardian |

Dutch court suspends mandatory data retention laws. | ZDNet |

Victory in Paraguay as harmful data retention bill rejected. | Access |  

Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court scraps data retention provisions. | Sofia Globe |

“Dragnet surveillance programs make ensuring attorney-client privilege difficult if not impossible”. | NACDL |  

Australian lawmakers can’t use phones, will vote on data retention. | ZDNet | 

What ‘safeguards’ are in Australia’s data retention laws? | The Conversation |

Data retention laws will hurt big business whistle blowers. | SMH |

Updated overview of the EU & data retention laws. | MsLods |

Data retention is also a data creation scheme in Australia. | MsLods |

Secret Snowden documents show Canadian agency suffers from “information overload” because it collects “too much data”. | The Intercept |  

Your mother’s maiden name has been a ‘security question’ since 1882. | Fusion |

We are citizens, not mere physical masses of data for harvesting. | The Guardian |

NSA call records program didn’t stop a single terrorist attack. | Common Dreams |

U.K. Parliament says banning Tor is unacceptable and impossible. | Daily Dot |

Drone owners register called for by House of Lords. | BBC |

North Korean rebels hope to topple Kim Jong-un by smuggling in USB drives packed with foreign TV shows and movies. | Wired |

Life as mobile telco in Afghanistan. | ZDNet | 

Social media

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Facebook has closed a Hobart child sex offender’s account after a boast about attack. | The Mercury |  

Senate passes law to fine web giants over online bullying. | IT News |

In case where Twitter stood up for users’ privacy, judge reverses ground and quashes subpoena. | Public Citizen|  

NSW Premier Mike Baird tried to make a viral video, ended up infringing copyright instead. | Junkee | 


15 March 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


iiNet, DBC 3-week wait on piracy ruling. | IT News |

Brandis snubbed consumer groups, ISPs in piracy debate. | ZDNet |

Losing cultural treasures under the TPP. | Public Address |

Draft Copyright Notice Industry Scheme Code. | Communications Alliance |

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Brandis still aiming to abolish Office of Australian Information Commissioner (responsible for FOI). | Open and Shut |  

A Whistleblower’s Horror Story. | Rolling Stone |

Swiss journalists who used covert filming win press freedom judgment. | The Guardian |

China will start censoring online usernames this Sunday. | Techinasia |

Bugging revelations stun journalists as inquiry unfolds. | SMH |

The Google effect: ICAC suppresses identity of witness. | SMH |

UK government to rush through guidelines to stop police snooping of journalists. | Guardian |

Privacy & information security

Canada’s spy agency collects & stores millions of Canadian’s emails to the government. | CBC |

UK admits unlawfully monitoring legally privileged communications. | The Guardian |

Dutch court urged to strike down national data retention law. | Jurist |

Snowden factor: report laments exposure of mass surveillance schemes. | Computerworld |

Data retention costs: government is treating us like mugs. | SMH |

Retain our privacy, not our data. | ABC Drum |

Telcos question data retention plans that exclude Skype, Facebook and Gmail. | The Guardian |

Stop monkeying around with our metadata laws, Prime Minister. | ZDNet |

A list of current legal challenges to UK’s surveillance regime. | Bureau of Investigative Journalism |

You had one job, Lenovo. | Slate |

Australia’s war on terror hampered by incompatible IT systems. | ZDNet |

Big data ethics is a board-level issue. | ZDNet |

Who do we blame when a robot threatens to kill people? | Fusion |

Why we need a right to privacy for brain data. | Gizmodo |

Watch ‘Noah’, the short film that inspired Modern Family’s i-phone filmed episode. | Fusion |

Social media

Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon & other celebs are revealing their locations when they post photos on Instagram. | Fusion |

What happens to your Facebook account when you die? | Crikey |

In privacy update,  Reddit tightens restrictions on nude photos. | New York Times |

Stop the tweets: Australia commits $18M to monitor social media. | ZDNet |

The Snapchat and the platypus. | Medium |

Meet the tweet-deleters. | Fusion |

26 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


A guide to the Trans Pacific Partnership. | PC Mag Australia |  

YouTube flags cat purring as copyright infringing music. | TorrentFreak |  

Bid to shut Sunshine Coast’s former Ettamogah Pub for alleged copyright breaches. | Brisbane Times |

EFF responds to USTR bullying the world to repeat our copyright mistakes. | EFF |

The Internet created Left Shark, not Katy Perry. | The Verge |

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Gina Rinehart makes court bid for copy of Channel Nine’s House of Hancock. |Brisbane Times |

David Carr, media equation columnist for The Times, is dead at 58. | New York Times | 

Australian anti-terror laws summarised for media law students. | JournLaw  |

Anti-halal campaigner sued for defamation  over claims Islamic certification supports terrorism. | The Guardian |

Greste release is welcome, as would be a free media in Australia: Mark Pearson. | JournLaw |  

Privacy & information security

Data retention hinges on Labor’s support, writes Josh Taylor. | ZDNet |  

There is no “meta”. | Future Wise |

Watch: Video of the panel with Ed Snowden, Laura Poitras & Glenn Greenwald moderated by David Carr (RIP)  

Laura Poitras on Citizenfour, Ed Snowden and whistleblowers.  | The Guardian |

Anyone who makes you choose between privacy and security wants you to have neither: Cory Doctorow. | Boing Boing |  

In historic ruling, U.K. surveillance secrecy declared unlawful. | The Intercept |  

Australian police bugged journalists, each other, & allegedly even their own commissioner. | Vice News | 

How do we pay for privacy? | Cryptography Engineering |

Australian police seize 3D-printed gun parts and knuckle dusters in raid. | CNET Australia | 

We dream about drones, said 13-year-old Yemeni before his death in a CIA strike. | The Guardian |  

Police could stream drone data direct to AFP network. | Computerworld |

Australia government ploughs ahead with eSafety commissioner plans. | ZDNet |

France can now block suspected terrorism websites without a court order. | The Verge |  

Where the internet lives: the artist who snooped on Google’s data farm. | The Guardian |  

Kashmir Hill turned CAPS ON for a week and everyone hated it. | The Fusion |

Social media

Twitter’s latest transparency report: Continuing our fight for more transparency. | Twitter |

Millions of Facebook users have no idea they are using the Internet. | Quartz |

Prisons are punishing inmates who use Facebook with decades in solitary confinement. | The Fusion |

5 facts about online video for YouTube’s 10th birthday. | Pew Research |

Facebook now offers a profile will for when you die. | Gigaom |

Jon Ronson on Twitter shamings:  How one stupid tweet blew up Justine Sacco’s life.| New York Times Magazine |


13 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Negotiators burn their last opportunity to salvage the TPP by caving on copyright term extension. | EFF |

After Sony hacking, MPAA considers major changes. | New York Times |

Anti-piracy advocate Roadshow beefs up political donations. | ZDNet |

Major labels keep 73% of Spotify premium payouts. | Music Business Worldwide |

‘FAIR: Freedom of Access to Information & Resources’ library advocacy campaign launches. Check out & follow

Katy Perry’s lawyers demanding take-down of a 3D-printable left shark. | Gigaom |

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Whistleblower John Kiriakou, only person jailed over CIA torture program, is out of prison. | Boing Boing |

Tasmania drops plans to let corporations sue protestors for defamation. | The Guardian |

Outgoing Australian Press Council chair Julian Disney levels criticism at media practices. | ABC |  

UK: ‘Vexatious’, ‘annoying’ and disruptive, Press Gazette barred by MET from asking more RIPA questions.  | Press Gazette |

Privacy & information security

In historic ruling, U.K. surveillance secrecy declared unlawful. | The Intercept |  

Government wants metadata laws by March. | The Age |

Examples of how data retention will impact on everyday Australians. | Crikey |

Data retention: too many unknowns, too many unanswered questions. | The Guardian |.  (by me)

Gmail, Facebook, Skype excluded from Australian data retention regime. | ZDNet |

Sharing images and not caring. | NZ Privacy Commissioner |  

White House to mandate deletion of irrelevant private data collected by surveillance agencies. | The Verge |  

Stop equating women in tech with engineers. | Medium |

US: The federal government could be taking pictures of you in your car. | Fusion |

“The intelligence agencies are living in a golden age of surveillance.” — PGP creator Phil Zimmermann. | The Guardian |

Hi-tech fashion redefines the meaning of revealing clothing. | New York Times |

All my blogs are dead. | The Awl |

How the Internet has made social change easy to organize, hard to win. | TED |

Social media

Facebook faces fight in Europe over new privacy  policy. | Gigaom |

Twitter reaches deal to show tweets in Google search results. | Bloomberg |

What happened when I confronted my cruellest troll. | The Guardian |

Stupid tricks with promoted tweets. | Medium |

Twitter CEO admits cyber bullying poses threat to revenue growth”. |  ABC – The World Today | 

7 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


What’s breaking Hollywood? It’s not infringement. | DisCo Project |

The Pirate Bay is back online. | TorrentFreak |

Book now for the ADA Forum – 13 February. | Australian Digital Alliance |

Music piracy has been ‘virtually eliminated’ in Norway. | MusicBusiness |

New animal selfie alert! | The 1709 Blog |

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Defiant editor Alan Morison to return to face Thai Navy defamation case. | The Guardian |

Judge awards man $50,000 defamation suit against US anti-autism blogger. | The Age |

Secret police taskforce tailed journalist: Inquiry targets bugging, whistleblowing and cover-ups. | SMH |

OAIC continues to operate while bill to scrap it awaits the return of the Senate. | Open and Shut |

Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report. | The Guardian | 

Privacy & information security

The privations of privacy: from dystopia to dysaguria.  | Cearta |

This week in your metadata: the government wants it, telcos don’t mind. | Gizmodo |

AGD slammed for secrecy on data retention costs. | IT News |

Legal experts are calling for greater oversight of mandatory data retention. | CNET |

ASIO isn’t required to delete data it receives under mandatory data retention. | ZDNet | 

British securocrats try to sneak in Snoopers Charter again. | Gigaom |

Michael Hayden’s hollow constitution. | The Atlantic |

“I’ve paid you about $15,000 over the years” – I’d like my privacy back.  | Fusion |

194 submissions lodged on Australia’s controversial Data Retention Bill. | PJCIS |

Socialize the data centres! An interview with Evgeny Morozov. | New Left Weekly |

With a few bits of data, researchers identify ‘anonymous’ people. | New York Times |

Canadian spies track millions of downloads daily: Snowden files. | CBC |

Drug Dealers are swapping crack for Nokia 8210s. | Vice |  

Our cities shouldn’t rely on Uber to devise new transport strategies. | The Guardian |

Social media

Social media is not electronic graffiti. | The Interpreter |

‘This.’ Has people clamouring for an invite. | New York Times |

Facebook sex tape case has implications for privacy law in Australia. | SMH |



1 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Can you copyright a tweet? | Technollama |

Fox v Dish lays some Aereo concerns to rest. | DisCo Project |

Information is power: a revolution for the blind. | Australian Digital Alliance |

Updating operating system now: where’s our fair use? | Lib Copyright |

Fair copyright policy starts with transparency. | Australian Digital Alliance |
Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Companies suing critics. That’s the real enemy of free speech. | The Guardian |

Journalism is not a crime. So why are reporters being referred to police? | The Guardian |

UK: Every national newspaper editor urges Prime Minister to stop RIPA spying on journalists. | Press Gazette |

Southern Cross TV breached privacy by filming through window for Today Tonight report. | Mumbrella |

LNP politicians target Alan Jones | Daily Mail Australia |

Privacy & information security

Tech giants fear being captured by data retention legislation. | ZDNet |

Charlie Hebdo and the security state: Julia Powles. | Wired |

Border protection plans to extend telco surveillance. | ZDNet |

Scrap data retention bill: Law Institute of Victoria. | Pro Bono News |

Victoria’s Privacy Commissioner  hits out at “ill-defined” data retention plans. | AFR |  (See submission no. 39 ->

OAIC’s new Guide to securing personal information. | OAIC | 

129 submissions on Australia’s controversial Data Retention Bill: Public hearings on 29 & 30 January.

Aussie Travel Cover has hundreds of thousands of records stolen in hacking, policy holders not informed. | ABC |

Thai PM vows to pass cyber spying bill. | Telecomasia |

UK: Abuse of Parliamentary procedure: introducing the Comms Data Bill into the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill. | Open Rights Group  |

How Netflix wants to end geo-blocking. | ZDNet |

How to catch a terrorist? The Whole Haystack. | The New Yorker |

‘The Cloud’ and other dangerous metaphors. | The Atlantic |

US: Cops get handheld radar that can “detect people breathing” through walls. | Ars Technica |

Silk Road Judge: Tor browser is ‘mumbo jumbo to most people on the jury right now’. | Forbes |

High stakes in New Zealand’s war against spam. | The New Zealand Herald |

The Coweb – can the Internet be archived? | The New Yorker |

Social media

Snapchat hiring journalists to become its own publisher. | GigaOm |

Online retailers and media companies least trusted with personal information. | Mumbrella |

Concerns about power and influence of social media on Royal Commission. | ABC AM |

Gillette pays Tinder for catchy research, not advertising. | AdAge |

NSW Police fail victims of domestic violence with flippant social media post. | Daily Mail |

US: Justice Department settles lawsuit over fake Facebook page. | Buzzfeed |


24 January 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


‘Dallas Buyers Club’ producer Nicolas Chartier on his anti-piracy crusade & why union workers need less pay. | The Hollywood Reporter |  

Is the MPAA even pro-Hollywood any more? | The Medium |

Piracy notices boost demand for anonymous VPNs in Canada. | Torrentfreak |

Authors Guild gives up trying to sue libraries for digital scanning book collection. | Techdirt |

U.S strikes scheme fails to impact the piracy landscape. | Torrentfreak |

Where to for copyright in 2015? Program for the ADA Forum announced: Canberra, 13 February 2015

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Democracy dies behind closed doors. | Open and Shut |

US: Court orders Twitter to identify anonymous users. | Internet Cases |

Max Mosley begins court action to stop Google showing pictures of sex party. | The Guardian |

Stalin’s grandson loses ‘bloodthirsty cannibal’ defamation lawsuit. | The Telegraph |

Privacy & information security

BBC uses “metadata” access laws to catch TV licence fee dodgers. | Belfast Telegraph |

UK: Prime minister asked to intervene to help protect journalists’ phones and communications records. | The Guardian |

The curious case of Angela Merkel and her EU data retention ideas. | GigaOm |

Brandis takes the data retention debate beyond logic. | ZDNet |

Victoria Police access phone and internet data 1200 a week. | The Age |

Dutch government sued over data retention law. | ComputerWorld |

A reminder … Why privacy matters even if you have nothing to hide, by Daniel Solove. | The Chronicle of Higher Education |

Parliamentary Committee calls for contributions to data retention inquiry.  | APH |  Submissions due  Monday 19 January.

The Digital Arms Race: NSA preps America for future battle. | Spiegel |

Why Zomato paid $60 million for Urbanspoon. | Smart Company |

India and #GoIBlocks: Lessons for ISPs when facing censorship orders. | Global Voices |

The DHS agent who infiltrated Silk Road to take down its kingpin. | Forbes | 

Social media

Lawyers use Facebook to target people busted at festivals for drugs. | Mashable  |

Turkey threatens to block social media over released documents. | New York Times |

How a team of social media experts is able to keep track of UK jihadists. | The Guardian |

Technology has made life different, but not necessarily more stressful. | New York Times |

18  January 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology