MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Is copyright infringement theft?  | MsLods storify |

You’ve got 1 week! Input sought on online copyright infringement proposals.  | Australian Digital Alliance | & my collection of #copdis resources:

How many jobs does IP actually create? A US analysis. | Mercatus Center |

Anti-piracy firm wants to fine Canadian and Aussie file-sharers. | TorrentFreak |

New Zealand: Another alleged music pirate pinged under ‘Skynet’. | Stuff |

Village Roadshow no-show for online piracy forum. | ZDNet |

Defamation & media law

North Coast Children’s Home Inc. v Keith Martin, the perils of digital defamation, by Yvonne Kux. | INFORRM | 

Careful with your coverage of the Redfern murder case – especially pics. | Journlaw |

Financial services group WCS serves online forum Whirlpool over negative post. | The Age |

Privacy & information security

iiNet on mass data retention: is it really the way the west is going? | iiNet |  (pdf)

Targeted ‘preservation notices’ offer an alternative to blanket data retention, says iiNet. | ComputerWorld |  

EFF & ACLU demolish the U. S. government’s “it’s just metadata” claim in their latest NSA spying brief. | EFF |  

Data retention ‘not a significant issue’ for Telstra. | IT News |

Data retention – the implications for lawyers & journalists. | Independent Australia | 

EU lawyers confirm ‘general and blanket data retention is no longer possible’ in the European Union. | Techdirt | 

Metadata – what to keep. | Phil Dobbie | podcast featuring Steve Dalby, iiNet, Mike Maharrey & Paul Brooks.


The Primary Way to Report Harassment Online Is Broken. | The Atlantic |

What happens to #Ferguson affects Ferguson. | Medium |

Social media

What do you call 100 lawyers on Twitter? (A good start). | The Drum (UK) |

China’s new Interim Rules for Internet & social messaging use ( in English). | Fei Chang Dao |

From the US: Arrest over Twitter parody of mayor wasn’t unreasonable. | Ars Technica |

24 August 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Voluntary copyright alert program could be operational by end of 2014, says UK government. | Out-Law |

European court allows website blocking. | Technollama |

Aereo gets support from cable operators, law professors, tech industry.  | The Hollywood Reporter |

Forget suing filesharers: in 2014, anti-piracy efforts follow the money. | The Guardian |

Defamation & media law

Lawyer files $1.2 million defamation claim against Campbell Newman, Jarrod Bleijie. | Brisbane Times |

Supreme Court to hear internet defamation dispute. | The Irish Times |

The story behind the Rob Ford story.  | The Walrus |

Privacy & information security

Deputy leader is happy to see telcos collect metadata for the intelligence community. | The Guardian |

Australian Law Reform Commission seeks input into Proposals for Reforms to address Serious Invasions of Privacy. | ALRC |

Privacy: rationales government use to claim mass snooping is legal – Ken Roth. | The Age |

PM: iiNet attacks the ‘fallacy’ of metadata and mandatory data retention. |  ABC Radio |


A tech CEO’s passion for pinballs. | Forbes |

XBox password flaw exposed by 5-year old boy.  | BBC News |

Social media

USAID’s boneheaded idea to secretly make a “Cuban Twitter” just put Internet activists all over the world in danger. | Politico |

How Twitter has changed over the years in 12 charts. | The Atlantic |

Context and the digital divide.  | Paul Wallbank  |

5 April 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Ex-MP3tunes chief hit with $41 million copyright verdict. | Reuters |

Piracy notwithstanding, MPAA enjoys a “very strong year” – again. | Ars Technica |

Hargreaves implementation: draft regulations on copyright exception tabled before UK parliament. | The IPKat |

Cloud denialism preceded Aereo case. | Project DisCo |

Defamation & media law

Protecting journalist-source privilege in Australia. | Media Law Northern Ireland |

NSW courts to open doors to cameras. | Minister for Justice |

Privacy & information security

Hackonomics: Stolen Twitter accounts ‘more valuable’ than credit cards. | ZDNet |

We’re listening: Additional steps to protect your privacy.  | Microsoft |

No NSA reform can fix the American Islamophobic surveillance complex. | The Guardian |

Labor resurrects data notification bill.  | IT News |

A Castan Centre event: Surveillance and privacy in the digital age (2 April, Melbourne). | Monash University |


Is the Oculus Rift sexist? | Quartz |

Death to “link rot”: Here’s where the Internet goes to live forever. | Fast Company |

Nakamato’s neighbour: My hunt for bitcoin’s creator lead to a paralyzed crypto genius. | Forbes |

Pixel and Dimed: On (not) getting by in the gig economy.  | Fast Company |

Social media

The time we tricked the internet into following a paper clip on Twitter. | Wired |

Facebook’s like affair with brands is over. | SMH |

Why people quit Twitter. | Quartz |

5 rules for live tweeting events. | Brian Thurston |

30  March 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


ACCC endorses fair use and calls for copyright reform. | Australian Digital Alliance |

Landmark copyright suit Cariou v Prince is settled. | Art in America |

Teller wins lawsuit over copied magic trick.  | The Hollywood Reporter |

Google, Viacom settle landmark YouTube lawsuit. | Reuters |

IFPI releases annual Digital Music Report. Highlights priorities include campaign on copyright reform initiatives in the EU & Australia to improve online copyright enforcement. |

Defamation & media law

Can you sue a robot for defamation? | Forbes |

Hypocrisy adds insult to injury. | The Age |

Privacy & information security

NSA breached Chinese servers seen as a security threat. | New York Times |

NSA surveillance program reaches into the past to retrieve, replay phone calls. | Washington Post |

It’s time that metadata met an end. | ZDNet |

A Castan Centre event: Surveillance and privacy in the digital age (2 April, Melbourne). | Monash University |


US tech companies urge Sen Wyden to reject fast track and bring transparency to TPP. | EFF |

No, Nate, programmers may not be macho, but that’s not all there is to it.  | Medium |

Confessions of an ex-tech journalist.  | Medium |

The pointlessness of unplugging. | New Yorker |

Social media

Please let this be peak selfie.  | Wired |

Social media and the ethics of embedding.  | LinkTV |

Judge doubts woman’s compensation claim based on social media and blog posts. | Brisbane Times |

After the protests. | New York Times |

23 March 2014