MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Where to for copyright in 2015? First speakers for ADA Forum announced. | Australian Digital Alliance |  http://bit.ly/1zEvJFJ

Ford Motor Company claims copyright over its list of car parts, tries to shut down independent repair tool. | EFF  |  http://bit.ly/1xWfCIs

Pho-to Fury: London restaurant told to ‘go f-ck yourself’ by Melbourne rival that allegedly stole its images. | Smart Company | http://bit.ly/1AMzQ6J

Canada: Rightscorp and BMG exploiting copyright notice-and-notice system: citing false legal information in payment demands. | Michael Geist | http://bit.ly/1DCknpA

Google asked to remove 345 million “pirate” links in 2014. | TorrentFreak | http://bit.ly/1FvRXSV

US: Universal Music files copyright lawsuit over mixtapes sent to prisoners – “contraband personified”. | The Hollywood Reporter |  

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Tasmania moves to allow corporations to sue for defamation. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1Iwfyii

David Miranda and the human rights black hole. | Newsweek | http://bit.ly/14ofq7u

Man wearing “I’m with Stupid” t-shirt among LNP campaigners arrested by 10 police in Brisbane. | Courier Mail | http://bit.ly/1DnEc6G

Privacy & information security

Leaked European Parliament legal opinion on data retention. | Digital Rights Ireland | http://bit.ly/14zXGqj

Brandis and PwC no comment on 36-month data retention question and timing of consultation. | The Register | http://bit.ly/1zXAFFE

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

My post on what’s missing from the government’s site on data retention. | MsLods | http://bit.ly/1s7GXQb

Ai Weiwei is living in our future. Living under permanent surveillance and what that means for our freedom. | Medium | http://bit.ly/13J2iZY

These college roommates made six figures (in real money) recruiting Lyft users last year. | Fusion | http://fus.in/14zKsKo

GCHQ’s ‘spook first’ program to train Britain’s most talented tech entrepreneurs. | The Independent | http://ind.pn/14iqbZJ

Canadians upset with Romanian website that exposes court case details. | The Globe and Mail | http://bit.ly/1zXADxA

Netflix, Apple, Adobe. How geoblocks rip you off. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1yyTTWR

Google, Facebook, eBay slam Australian ‘de facto internet filter’ (s 313 Telco Act).  | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1sa8ndt

Social media

“Around 20,000 people in Britain have been investigated in the past three years for comments made online … .”. | The Independent | http://ind.pn/1wG9QDH

Not Banksy: The real artist behind the iconic Charlie Hebdo pencil tribute. | Mashable | http://on.mash.to/1tRxZgl

With the power of social media growing, police now monitoring and criminalising online speech: Glenn Greenwald. | The Intercept | http://bit.ly/14sfJPd

 9 January 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Where to for copyright in 2015? First speakers for ADA Forum announced: http://bit.ly/1zEvJFJ

Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia lifts photography ban on permanent collection. | Canberra Times | http://bit.ly/1Bb5omX

Counting down the copyright top ten 2014. | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/1xbmhwx

Forced negotiations and industry codes won’t stop infringing downloads. | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1Al01RR

The MPAA’s attempt to revive SOPA through a state Attorney-General. | Google Public Policy | http://bit.ly/1xBYRPC

If Europe gets to see FTA text, why can’t we? | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/13Z2rc0

Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood’s secret war against Google. | The Verge | http://bit.ly/1yKg4sO

MPAA considered pulling out of UK Copyright Alert Program. | Torrentfreak | http://bit.ly/1BpIp5j

Paraphrasing Selma – copyright law and the re-writing of history. | Project DisCo | http://bit.ly/13LRgDh

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

From the UK: the year in review – defamation, privacy & Google. | INFORRM | http://bit.ly/1AkMqtM

Why tolerate police spies in our midst? writes Nick Cohen. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1xbxYn3

Attempt to use data protection laws to stifle Guinea mine critic defeated. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1BmrAZq

Musician turned rogue publisher hit with DMCA takedowns over Sony emails. | Ars Technica |http://bit.ly/1BpIRAx 

Broadcaster Alan Jones ordered to pay $10,000 for racial vilification. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1ERH7pY

Whistleblowing and the rule of law. | Lawyers Weekly | http://bit.ly/164MGBV

Privacy & information security

The future of privacy. | Pew Research Internet Project | http://pewrsr.ch/1IZl9kq

The year governments struck back: seven things you need to know about privacy in 2014. | Privacy International | http://bit.ly/1tdWRZW

When it comes to surveillance, there is everything to play for in 2015. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1zXj31G  Including in Australia —> Parliamentary Committee calls for contributions to data retention inquiry.  | APH |  Submissions due 19 January.

Note to data retention law makers: the Internet is not a telephone. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1HjbQtJ

Holes in metadata bill make it unacceptable: Professor George Williams. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1BmzoKP

Metadata: most Australian police forces can’t say how many times it’s been used to prevent crime. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1ERDJvk

Data retention hearings off to a nonsensical start. | Smart Company | http://bit.ly/14gqMLa

My post on what’s missing from the government’s site on data retention. | MsLods | http://bit.ly/1s7GXQb

Burner phone? There’s an app for that. | Verge | http://bit.ly/1GvWUIq

Why Ireland must protect Irish emails and internet usage from surveillance. | Irish Times | http://bit.ly/1vNa38Q

Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches ‘epidemic proportions’. | The Independent | http://ind.pn/1x91Wru

Google has now ‘forgotten’ more than a quarter-million URLs. | The Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1ycZAd0

The dark web: what it is, how it works, and why it’s not going away. | Vox | http://bit.ly/1twgWKZ

How laws restricting tech actually expose us to greater harm: Cory Doctorow | Wired | http://wrd.cm/16RI3LZ

Social media

Inadvertent algorithmic cruelty & well, that escalated quickly.  On Facebook’s Year in Review. | Meyer Web | http://bit.ly/1GZpjH7http://bit.ly/1wXojAt

The Troll Hunters – a feature essay by Adrian Chen. | Technology Review | http://bit.ly/1z0H827

US: Judge – it’s okay for cops to create a fake Instagram account. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/13W62se

Australia Post caught over use of paid Instagram endorsements. | Mumbrella | http://bit.ly/1Ag9Ejy

Facebook’s structure of compulsory happiness. | The Society Pages | http://bit.ly/1rxqF8n

Facebook post costs ex-wife $12,000. | Herald Sun | http://bit.ly/1K5mDKo

Perth magistrate removed from hearing matter after Googling litigant. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1BmxJ7S

2 January 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

US: Music publishers sue ISP Cox for not kicking people off the Internet.  | EFF | http://bit.ly/12yMLLz

In Google Books appeal, judges focus on profit and security. | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/1u1As24

Danish court orders a UK company to block Danish IP addresses. | EDRi | http://bit.ly/1yXA0pM

Copyright law as a tool for state censorship of the Internet. | EFF | http://bit.ly/1rVSJmg

UK music industry seeks review of law allowing fans to copy music. | Guardian | http://bit.ly/1rpBw4v

Blocking piracy websites is bad for Australia’s digital future. | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1vs5saN

Defamation & media law

Dr Roland Von Marburg sues Facebook for defamation. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1G4iymK

Is Australia an emerging secret state? | JournLaw | http://bit.ly/1u1BbjO

African court delivers landmark judgment on criminal libel. | MLDI | http://bit.ly/1vnhi6c

Privacy & information security

UK: Investigatory Powers Tribunal rules GHCQ mass surveillance program TEMPORA is legal in principle. | Privacy International | http://bit.ly/12QpXbg

Government pulls bill to abolish Information Commissioner. | Open and Shut | http://bit.ly/1yCQ01t

Boost for terror law monitor powers proposed in new Bill. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1vB7hHy

Data retention bill fails scrutiny test. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1wMwdNY

ASIC to lobby government for metadata access. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1vB9q5W

Intelligence authorities ‘fail to understand data’, says ISP. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/11xA6si

My post on what’s missing from the government’s new site on data retention. | MsLods | http://bit.ly/1s7GXQb

Want to know more about data retention? I’ve updated my “storify” on Australia’s controversial data retention bill:

Committee calls for contributions to data retention inquiry.  | APH |  Register intention to lodge a submission by 8 December. Submissions due 19 January.

Freedom on the Net Report 2014 | Freedom House | http://bit.ly/1vs2nHO

Australians’ appetite for data & content continues to grow  – Communications Report 2013-14 | ACMA |  

Gregarious and direct China’s web doorkeeper. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1u6wG6A

Aussie bitcoin start up CoinJar moves to the UK. | Business Spectator | http://bit.ly/1w23qDl

Social media

Navigating the legal challenges of exploiting social media and user-generated content. | Attorney-General’s Office (UK) | http://bit.ly/1yXy3JT

22 people had to sign off on Mitt Romney’s campaign tweets. | USA Today | http://usat.ly/12c5flb

Twitter takes aim at trolls – and promises more. | Boing Boing | http://bit.ly/1yOB8Ne

Social networks face fines for failing to remove bullying content. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1wMtqUV

Scotland laws down the law on social media crime and revenge porn. | Wired | http://bit.ly/1s7EFR9

UK: Man jailed for WhatsApp ‘revenge porn’ after posting images of woman online. | Guardian | http://bit.ly/1BpIQ2V

7 December 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

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