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

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 | http://bit.ly/1bafPOy

UK: Sky will hand over customer data in movie piracy case. | Torrentfreak | http://bit.ly/1MopSLk

RIAA + MPAA are pressuring ICANN to force registrars to suspend domains over “copyright abuse complaints”. | Washington Post | http://wapo.st/195CTNB

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 | http://bit.ly/1GRKbm6

Treasurer for wail. | The Saturday Paper | http://bit.ly/1EggTaC

 defamation case: Federal Court won forum shopping case, but why, and how? | The Social Litigator | http://bit.ly/18rori2

Travels with my censor. | The New Yorker | http://nyr.kr/1K7tPIA

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 | http://reut.rs/1MCy3E3

Post-Snowden Parliamentary inquiry calls for tighter safeguards on spooks’ access to “metadata”. | The Register | http://bit.ly/1xoKZX0

Half a million communications data access requests authorised in UK last year. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1FidiNw

Dutch court suspends mandatory data retention laws. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1D9FAdM

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

Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court scraps data retention provisions. | Sofia Globe | http://bit.ly/18GgLbG

“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 | http://bit.ly/1zMWwzl

Data retention laws will hurt big business whistle blowers. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1MCyAFW

Updated overview of the EU & data retention laws. | MsLods | http://bit.ly/1BXjomF

Data retention is also a data creation scheme in Australia. | MsLods | http://bit.ly/19naFxZ

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 | http://fus.in/1BA4q2U

We are citizens, not mere physical masses of data for harvesting. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1B4TKWA

NSA call records program didn’t stop a single terrorist attack. | Common Dreams | http://bit.ly/1AFUxgI

U.K. Parliament says banning Tor is unacceptable and impossible. | Daily Dot | http://bit.ly/197laoY

Drone owners register called for by House of Lords. | BBC | http://bbc.in/1G7278x

North Korean rebels hope to topple Kim Jong-un by smuggling in USB drives packed with foreign TV shows and movies. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1GF1gN0

Life as mobile telco in Afghanistan. | ZDNet | 

Social media

‘s presentation on Social Media in Academic Practice: http://bit.ly/1GGMggY

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

Copyright

iiNet, DBC 3-week wait on piracy ruling. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1vACeNU

Brandis snubbed consumer groups, ISPs in piracy debate. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1AtGC1o

Losing cultural treasures under the TPP. | Public Address | http://bit.ly/180iWXe

Draft Copyright Notice Industry Scheme Code. | Communications Alliance | http://bit.ly/1zJE4sm

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 | http://rol.st/1zpytXZ

Swiss journalists who used covert filming win press freedom judgment. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1FvohRg

China will start censoring online usernames this Sunday. | Techinasia |  http://bit.ly/17AdslU

Bugging revelations stun journalists as inquiry unfolds. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1Jlaa7B

The Google effect: ICAC suppresses identity of witness. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1zJDxqr

UK government to rush through guidelines to stop police snooping of journalists. | Guardian | http://bit.ly/1FdO1l0

Privacy & information security

Canada’s spy agency collects & stores millions of Canadian’s emails to the government. | CBC |  http://bit.ly/1DpgHrH

UK admits unlawfully monitoring legally privileged communications. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1ASzex6

Dutch court urged to strike down national data retention law. | Jurist | http://bit.ly/1JOT8yZ

Snowden factor: report laments exposure of mass surveillance schemes. | Computerworld | http://bit.ly/1w0DBjX

Data retention costs: government is treating us like mugs. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1BxBmwk

Retain our privacy, not our data. | ABC Drum | http://ab.co/1JOR4qA

Telcos question data retention plans that exclude Skype, Facebook and Gmail. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/18nz5XM

Stop monkeying around with our metadata laws, Prime Minister. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1ESkFcb

A list of current legal challenges to UK’s surveillance regime. | Bureau of Investigative Journalism | http://bit.ly/1DcDunV

You had one job, Lenovo. | Slate | http://slate.me/1FY8huT

Australia’s war on terror hampered by incompatible IT systems. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1DY8IVk

Big data ethics is a board-level issue. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1Cm6P1l

Who do we blame when a robot threatens to kill people? | Fusion | http://fus.in/1FSLm1i

Why we need a right to privacy for brain data. | Gizmodo | http://bit.ly/1Bxz2VT

Watch ‘Noah’, the short film that inspired Modern Family’s i-phone filmed episode. | Fusion | http://fus.in/1MTulsA

Social media

Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon & other celebs are revealing their locations when they post photos on Instagram. | Fusion | http://fus.in/1DUDvko

What happens to your Facebook account when you die? | Crikey | http://bit.ly/1zJAxKC

In privacy update,  Reddit tightens restrictions on nude photos. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1w8jtMS

Stop the tweets: Australia commits $18M to monitor social media. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1AqzPVd

The Snapchat and the platypus. | Medium | http://bit.ly/1MTvcJL

Meet the tweet-deleters. | Fusion | http://fus.in/19DlkV8

26 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

A guide to the Trans Pacific Partnership. | PC Mag Australia | http://bit.ly/1KLKA8V  

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

Bid to shut Sunshine Coast’s former Ettamogah Pub for alleged copyright breaches. | Brisbane Times | http://bit.ly/1zQHsFn

EFF responds to USTR bullying the world to repeat our copyright mistakes. | EFF | http://bit.ly/1KSc5vS

The Internet created Left Shark, not Katy Perry. | The Verge | http://bit.ly/1zzLdKw

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Gina Rinehart makes court bid for copy of Channel Nine’s House of Hancock. |Brisbane Times | http://bit.ly/16ZW8GK

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  |  http://bit.ly/1KQQiq6

Anti-halal campaigner sued for defamation  over claims Islamic certification supports terrorism. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1uCHNuO

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 | http://bit.ly/1J6FQgG

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 | http://bit.ly/1ARSE6r

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 | http://bit.ly/1FFIjJw

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 | http://bit.ly/1zQBvbl

Australia government ploughs ahead with eSafety commissioner plans. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/19dQ5Qp

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 | http://fus.in/18UU5Fc

Social media

Twitter’s latest transparency report: Continuing our fight for more transparency. | Twitter | http://bit.ly/1u7mhcU

Millions of Facebook users have no idea they are using the Internet. | Quartz | http://bit.ly/1DbSWnK

Prisons are punishing inmates who use Facebook with decades in solitary confinement. | The Fusion | http://fus.in/1uMu2K7

5 facts about online video for YouTube’s 10th birthday. | Pew Research | http://pewrsr.ch/1Cne46B

Facebook now offers a profile will for when you die. | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/16XI80g

Jon Ronson on Twitter shamings:  How one stupid tweet blew up Justine Sacco’s life.| New York Times Magazine | http://nyti.ms/1A1pIpy

 

13 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Negotiators burn their last opportunity to salvage the TPP by caving on copyright term extension. | EFF | http://bit.ly/16lkrhR

After Sony hacking, MPAA considers major changes. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1uh0unH

Anti-piracy advocate Roadshow beefs up political donations. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1C5HEA5

Major labels keep 73% of Spotify premium payouts. | Music Business Worldwide | http://bit.ly/1BSWB5K

‘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 | http://bit.ly/1DJ2uVu

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Whistleblower John Kiriakou, only person jailed over CIA torture program, is out of prison. | Boing Boing | http://bit.ly/1xixAhP

Tasmania drops plans to let corporations sue protestors for defamation. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1DHu3P6

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 | http://bit.ly/1F1WKaE

Privacy & information security

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

Government wants metadata laws by March. | The Age | http://bit.ly/16OVpIZ

Examples of how data retention will impact on everyday Australians. | Crikey |  http://bit.ly/1zXs4c6

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

Gmail, Facebook, Skype excluded from Australian data retention regime. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1zGNNSo

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 | http://bit.ly/1zuOwWB

US: The federal government could be taking pictures of you in your car. | Fusion | http://fus.in/1yOMBcU

“The intelligence agencies are living in a golden age of surveillance.” — PGP creator Phil Zimmermann. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1Dx7yMK

Hi-tech fashion redefines the meaning of revealing clothing. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1yRxy29

All my blogs are dead. | The Awl | http://bit.ly/18IjamB

How the Internet has made social change easy to organize, hard to win. | TED | http://bit.ly/1K3O5as

Social media

Facebook faces fight in Europe over new privacy  policy. | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/1zW5m2A

Twitter reaches deal to show tweets in Google search results. | Bloomberg | http://bloom.bg/1xlj4Wz

What happened when I confronted my cruellest troll. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1LEOdPi

Stupid tricks with promoted tweets. | Medium | http://bit.ly/18N5oiC

Twitter CEO admits cyber bullying poses threat to revenue growth”. |  ABC – The World Today | http://ab.co/1ulee0y 

7 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

What’s breaking Hollywood? It’s not infringement. | DisCo Project |  http://bit.ly/1EXn0TA

The Pirate Bay is back online. | TorrentFreak | http://bit.ly/1BJD9uF

Book now for the ADA Forum – 13 February. | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/16feq7l

Music piracy has been ‘virtually eliminated’ in Norway. | MusicBusiness | http://bit.ly/1uuOrxU

New animal selfie alert! | The 1709 Blog |  http://bit.ly/1zsb627

Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Defiant editor Alan Morison to return to face Thai Navy defamation case. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1yYt9t0

Judge awards man $50,000 defamation suit against US anti-autism blogger. | The Age | http://bit.ly/1wQJSh7

Secret police taskforce tailed journalist: Inquiry targets bugging, whistleblowing and cover-ups. | SMH | http://bit.ly/18EJRsm

OAIC continues to operate while bill to scrap it awaits the return of the Senate. | Open and Shut | http://bit.ly/1ExZWgR

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 | http://bit.ly/1JZBJAe

This week in your metadata: the government wants it, telcos don’t mind. | Gizmodo | http://bit.ly/18EJiyK

AGD slammed for secrecy on data retention costs. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1wQG0Nd

Legal experts are calling for greater oversight of mandatory data retention. | CNET | http://cnet.co/1yMlVx5

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

British securocrats try to sneak in Snoopers Charter again. | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/1Kg7ljb

Michael Hayden’s hollow constitution. | The Atlantic | http://theatln.tc/1tOV7f6

“I’ve paid you about $15,000 over the years” – I’d like my privacy back.  | Fusion | http://fus.in/1CMSQ68

194 submissions lodged on Australia’s controversial Data Retention Bill. | PJCIS | http://bit.ly/15ZdC5E

Socialize the data centres! An interview with Evgeny Morozov. | New Left Weekly | http://bit.ly/1ETgCN7

With a few bits of data, researchers identify ‘anonymous’ people. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1HDfJxm

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 | http://bit.ly/1BNirKq

Social media

Social media is not electronic graffiti. | The Interpreter | http://bit.ly/1zs9nKi

‘This.’ Has people clamouring for an invite. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1vnZoYc

Facebook sex tape case has implications for privacy law in Australia. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1zJP6TF

 

 

1 February 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Can you copyright a tweet? | Technollama | http://bit.ly/1D0A6Op

Fox v Dish lays some Aereo concerns to rest. | DisCo Project | http://bit.ly/15nIjkv

Information is power: a revolution for the blind. | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/1wuhLUX

Updating operating system now: where’s our fair use? | Lib Copyright | http://bit.ly/1Jkykvz

Fair copyright policy starts with transparency. | Australian Digital Alliance | http://bit.ly/1yUQf7n
Defamation, freedom of expression & media law

Companies suing critics. That’s the real enemy of free speech. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1wtk0YJ

Journalism is not a crime. So why are reporters being referred to police? | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1JnxRXw

UK: Every national newspaper editor urges Prime Minister to stop RIPA spying on journalists. | Press Gazette | http://bit.ly/14WYVix

Southern Cross TV breached privacy by filming through window for Today Tonight report. | Mumbrella | http://bit.ly/1GMvHor

LNP politicians target Alan Jones | Daily Mail Australia | http://dailym.ai/1GMDjr3

Privacy & information security

Tech giants fear being captured by data retention legislation. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1ATVr9Q

Charlie Hebdo and the security state: Julia Powles. | Wired | http://bit.ly/1Crtnz8

Border protection plans to extend telco surveillance. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1L5FGF2

Scrap data retention bill: Law Institute of Victoria. | Pro Bono News | http://bit.ly/1wpgA9b

Victoria’s Privacy Commissioner  hits out at “ill-defined” data retention plans. | AFR | http://bit.ly/1yUNwLl  (See submission no. 39 -> http://bit.ly/1CAkC5Q)

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

129 submissions on Australia’s controversial Data Retention Bill: http://bit.ly/1CAkC5Q Public hearings on 29 & 30 January.

Aussie Travel Cover has hundreds of thousands of records stolen in hacking, policy holders not informed. | ABC | http://ab.co/1sYO5UN

Thai PM vows to pass cyber spying bill. | Telecomasia | http://bit.ly/1EEi1H4

UK: Abuse of Parliamentary procedure: introducing the Comms Data Bill into the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill. | Open Rights Group  | http://bit.ly/1L4T7F4

How Netflix wants to end geo-blocking. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1zEsX8P

How to catch a terrorist? The Whole Haystack. | The New Yorker | http://nyr.kr/1EEcTCO

‘The Cloud’ and other dangerous metaphors. | The Atlantic | http://theatln.tc/1CnYQC0

US: Cops get handheld radar that can “detect people breathing” through walls. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1L0sbpT

Silk Road Judge: Tor browser is ‘mumbo jumbo to most people on the jury right now’. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1yGkdNG

High stakes in New Zealand’s war against spam. | The New Zealand Herald | http://bit.ly/1L5J8Q1

The Coweb – can the Internet be archived? | The New Yorker | http://nyr.kr/1xnO7lK

Social media

Snapchat hiring journalists to become its own publisher. | GigaOm | http://bit.ly/1L4nADf

Online retailers and media companies least trusted with personal information. | Mumbrella | http://bit.ly/1L1wTE4

Concerns about power and influence of social media on Royal Commission. | ABC AM | http://ab.co/18alO4x

Gillette pays Tinder for catchy research, not advertising. | AdAge | http://bit.ly/1AwSs76

NSW Police fail victims of domestic violence with flippant social media post. | Daily Mail | http://bit.ly/1BvD9Rw

US: Justice Department settles lawsuit over fake Facebook page. | Buzzfeed | http://bzfd.it/1uqMJO2

 

24 January 2015

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology