MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Submissions to the Inquiry on the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill are available here: http://bit.ly/1F5vhXY Report due 13 May.

Malcolm Turnbull Q&A: on the anti-piracy, website blocking bill. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1Hsg1Vs

Rights holders want access to site blocking to be more affordable. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1Eq9HyH

Telcos label copyright site-blocking bill ‘deficient’. | IT News |  http://bit.ly/1yPTCjQ

Copyright for sale: How the Sony documents illustrate the link between the MPAA and political donations. | Michael Geist | http://bit.ly/1J6vIDJ

Banning VPNs won’t fix streaming video geoblock grief: Stilgherrian | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1HhKuHh

Leaked emails reveal Sony execs lobbied Netflix to stop Australian VPN users. | ZDNet |  

New Zealand: TV companies have filed proceedings at High Court over Global Mode. | Stuff  NZ | http://bit.ly/1IvVJcd

The news media’s use of the Walter Scott video is – surprise – a newsworthy use: Sarah Jeong | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1G1Ukd3

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

A chilling step closer to Australian secret police. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1ODqSMP

Why journalists should be activists at least some of the time. | Dan Gillmor | http://bit.ly/1J8ipTw

Privacy & information security

Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly – mass surveillance is counter-productive and endangers human rights. | COE | http://bit.ly/1yPILX5

Former Director of UK’s GCHQ joins Australian Cyber Security Review panel of experts. | PM | http://bit.ly/1HSn1LN

Attorney-General’s Department new page on “industry implementation of data retention”. | AGD | http://bit.ly/1Gh7Dti

Mandatory data retention funding to be a budget surprise. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1Hsjvap

This simple game shows why metadata laws won’t protect whistleblowers – interactive by . | The Guardian |

Australia’s infosec industry wants mandatory baseline security controls. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1Drj1eX

Video chats are replacing in-person jail visits, while one tech company profits. | IBT | http://bit.ly/1IKbzjm

The Machines are coming: Zeynep Tufekci | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1FYhBdp

Optus considers “premium” charge for Netflix traffic, plus Netflix accounts for 25% of all iiNet traffic. | ZDNet |  

Meet the lawyer taking on Uber and the rest of the on-demand economy (in the US). | Fusion | http://fus.in/1CSfaaf

Kentaro Toyama went to India with noble intentions for using technology to improve people’s lives. Now he’s wrestling with why the impact was so small. |  Technology Review | http://bit.ly/1FSwVO8

Social media

Twitter announces crackdown on abuse with new filter and tighter rules. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1GgenER

Victorian man sentenced to 6 weeks’ imprisonment for contempt over Facebook posts, emails & internet radio broadcasts. | Austlii | http://bit.ly/1brGtmv

22 April 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

 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 | http://bit.ly/1ctXInl

Canada: The Copyright Notice flood: what to consider if you receive a copyright infringement notification.  | Michael Geist | http://bit.ly/1JIyjRK

In New Zealand, a legal battle looms over streaming TV. | Computerworld | http://bit.ly/1ymw0CE

ISPs ordered to hand over customer details to Dallas Buyers Club. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1b12vw2

Village Roadshow wants to work with ISPs instead of suing movie pirates. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1GI7rD9

Foxtel downplays importance of ruling: sending letters to pirates ‘isn’t efficient or good for consumers’. | Mumbrella | http://bit.ly/1FRUkfC

Owner of film rights in Dallas Buyers Club has identified over 500 Internet users in Singapore. | Singapore Law Watch | http://bit.ly/1DFK0bh

‘The Numbers Game’  – How the big studios began using piracy to measure success: Ramon Lobato & Julian Thomas | Inside Story | http://bit.ly/1CLfA2d

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Commonwealth Bank funds defamation action against consumer advocate. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1FEnXyt

Very interesting overview of recent issues & problems in defamation law: From McLibel to e-Libel. | J C Gibson | http://bit.ly/1PJCtx6

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 | http://bit.ly/1IJKaBr

Privacy & information security

Refused asylum seekers face personal data disclosure by Immigration Department. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1aY49id

US: Want to see domestic spying’s future? Follow the drug war. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1FuJjyc

Status of data retention in the EU following the CJEU ruling – update April 2015. | Open Rights Group | http://bit.ly/1E0jJGy

Meet the privacy activists who spy on the surveillance industry. | Fusion | http://fus.in/1HIzf7C

Drug Enforcement Agency sued over bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1DjTIjo

Expert report led by CDT finds that Australian surveillance violates human rights. | CDT | http://bit.ly/1IJJOLf

The security paradox: individual privacy versus digital driftnets. | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1ypzFzD

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 | http://fus.in/1IjKO50

Is your lawyer smarter than IBM’s Watson? | IT News | http://bit.ly/1E0zr4y

Social media

Periscope and Meerkat, the Apps where life is but a stream. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1FBzcaZ

UK: Leave a digital legacy after your death, urges Law Society. | Lsaw Society | http://bit.ly/1nqAmyQ

I followed my stolen iPhone across the world, became a celebrity in China, and found a friend for life. | Buzzfeed | http://bzfd.it/1cu9mi5

Facebook tracks all visitors, even if you’re not a user and opted out. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1DgvCot

Many, many Facebook users still don’t know that their news feeds are filtered by an algorithm. | Fusion | http://fus.in/19q8lp7

15 April 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Industry warns site blocking could have unintended consequences: Highlight need to avoid ASIC blunder. | IT News |  

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

Lawsuit over the price of ‘Happy Birthday’ inches forward. | Billboard | http://bit.ly/1ByaPZt

Ireland: UPC ordered to install ‘three strikes’ anti-piracy system. | Independent IE | http://bit.ly/1EO7w2h

How Netflix is trying to make Australians drop their VPNs. | ZDNet |  

EU announces plans to banish geo-blocking, modernize copyright law.  | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1EirV4v

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

How the Adrian Baylely suppression order forced the reprinting of our new media law book. | JournLaw | http://bit.ly/1CxmiNS

The Age abandons potential defence to Helen Liu defamation action to protect confidential sources. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1bFsOrR

UK HM Revenue & Customs whistleblower illegally investigated using counter-terrorism powers. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/19tVnqx

In Turkey, anchorwoman faces a decade in jail for tweet. | Sunday’s Zaman | http://bit.ly/1Nq3JPh

Data retention: ‘journalist information warrants’ are warrants in name only. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1I6nEPr

Journalist Peter Greste delivers blunt message to politicians on detention centre secrecy. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1BNBL7r

Privacy & information security

PSO breached “data security” for a laugh, documents reveal. | The Courier | http://bit.ly/1Bybw4Y

FBI used to recommend encryption. Now they want to ban it. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1HV1JOy

New data world order: government can read every Australian like an open book. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1BwcsaY

2500 metadata ‘cops’ to search phone and internet records. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1D2YAcF

Human Rights Council creates mandate of Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.  | OHCRC | http://bit.ly/1a3I9ll

Stolen Uber customer accounts are for sale on the dark web for $1. | Motherboard | http://bit.ly/1NlnuYf

Privacy Commissioner accepts enforceable undertaking to enhance information security at Optus. | OAIC | http://bit.ly/1BydDpo

“For privacy is not only a personal right, but a collective good—a cornerstone of democracy”, writes David Cole. | The Nation | http://bit.ly/19tWaYy

Welcome to the Manila Intermediary Liability Principles! | CIS | http://stanford.io/1BSn4jl

“The number of WhatsApp messages sent every day now exceeds the number of standard texts.” What’s Up? | The Economist | http://econ.st/1HaRUIW

Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops. | The Register | http://bit.ly/1x0UZLh

Social media

On social media & professional identity: “This is not just a post about Instagram”. | Thesis Whisperer | 

Vietnam: Communist Party leaders struggle over social media.  | Global Voices | http://bit.ly/1G3zR8T

“Twitter puts trillions of tweets up for sale to data miners”… even police involved in crowd control. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1F3twLv

29 March 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