MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Attorney-General’s Department censors public view on piracy. | ZDNet |

Can there be copyright in one’s own bottom? And what about a bottom pose? | IPKat |

Case of Sherlock Holmes copyright closes after US Supreme Court refuses appeal. | The Guardian |

Belgian and French copyright laws ban photos of certain public buildings. | EU Observer |

Aereo shutting down operations, closing Boston office. | BetaBoston |

How should the Marrakesh Treaty for the blind & visually impaired be implemented in Australia? The AGD is seeking submissions:

Defamation & media law

Singapore PM wins defamation case against blogger. | SCMP |

Public interest journalism is under attack on multiple fronts. | PIJF |

Responsible use of drones should be exempted from media laws: Goldberg. | JournLaw |

George Brandis attempts to reassure reporters – by undermining journalism. | The Guardian |

Privacy & information security

The Australian dusts off the “Must resist any move to give a right to sue over privacy” file. |  Open and Shut |

UK: Police misuse of RIPA “metadata” powers is systemic, MPs told. | The Guardian |

We don’t have any pre-existing metadata laws: Brandis. | ZDNet |

Collection of resources, commentary and analysis on Australia’s controversial data retention bill. | Storify (by me) |

British spies are free to target lawyers and journalists. | The Intercept |

Metadata collection comes under fire in new UN draft anti-surveillance resolution. | Gigaom |

The Dads of Tech. | The Baffler |

Feds shutter illegal drug marketplace Silk Road 2.0, arrest 26 year-old San Francisco programmer. | Forbes |

New Zealand: censor eyes “global mode” Internet access. | The New Zealand Herald |

Social media

Facebook: we are being slurped 24% more by government this year. | The Register |

Twitter exec says it’s not about the money. | LA Times |

Saudi lawyers jailed, banned from media over tweets. | Yahoo News |

Navigating a world of silos. | Paul Wallbank |

9 November 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


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 |

Not our kind of club. | iiNet blog |

Australian ISP iiNet takes a stand against copyright trolling by producers of Dallas Buyers Club. | Techdirt |

Judge issues Aereo injunction, stops short of enjoining time shifting. | THR |

The soaring financial costs of blocking pirate sites. | TorrentFreak |

Copyright in the Trans-Pacific Partnership echoes past mistakes. | The Conversation |

Defamation & media law

Offences for disclosing information about covert operations. | Parliament of Australia |

UK: Libel cases prompted by social media postings rise 300% in a year. | The Independent |

Barry Spurr v New Matilda: the facts, the law and the porridge: Richard Ackland. | The Guardian |

Australia’s war on whistleblowers must end. | The Guardian |

Judge ices cake decorators’ defamation case. | SMH | 

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 |

Will metadata musings ever mature beyond paranoid fears? – Stilgherrian | ZDNet |

Research shows mass surveillance fails drastically in striking balance between costs and benefits to society. | Techdirt |

BBC uses anti-terror spy powers to track down TV licence fee dodgers. | The Daily Mail |

Website blocking is not internet filtering: Australian government. | ZDNet |

The Sky is Rising: Data shows wealth of opportunities for digital content. | DiSCo Project | 

UK: Internet service providers must help crack down on fake goods, High Court rules. | The Guardian |

NZ: Why Gigatown is not a waste of money. | Bill Bennett |

Social media

Trolls, threats, the law and deterrence. | Paul Bernal |

The labourers who keep dick pics and beheadings out of your Facebook feed. | Wired |

Ferrari hit with lawsuit for taking over Facebook fan page. | Ars Technica |

26 October 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


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 |

  • New leak of TPP consolidated text on intellectual property provides details of pandering to drug companies and publishers. | KEI |

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 |

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, the world’s leading resource for DMCA enforcement transparency, has been revamped:

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 |

The links between Hollywood, Heat and the Irish High Court. | The Irish Times |

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 |

Abbott government data storage plans lack privacy safeguards, says iiNet. | The Guardian |

Brandis’ callousness on data retention beggars belief. | Business Spectator |

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 |

Top tech execs: end mass surveillance to boost digital economy. | The United States Committee on Finance | 

UN report finds mass surveillance violates international treaties and privacy rights. | The Intercept |

The FBI Director’s evidence against encryption is pathetic. | The Intercept |

The state wants to spy on us but is it up to the job? | The Guardian |

American website Intercept reveals secret activities of Australian spy agency. | SMH | 

Who wants to be forgotten? |   |

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 |

Chicago’s smart city: from open data to rat control. | ZDNet |

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 |

The dark market for personal data. | The New York Times |

#Gamergate shows tech needs far better algorithms. | TechCrunch |

Egg freezing: a sign your workplace is a dystopian hell-hole. | Hunt Gather Love |

Episode 576: When women stopped coding. | NPR |

Social media

“Twitter is not just a timeline” What’s wrong with Twitter’s latest experiment with broadcasting favorites, by . | Medium |

LinkedIn sued for furnishing reference reports on users. | The Recorder |

First court date set in case to ban Twitter and Facebook in Egypt. | Mada Masr |

Mastercard to access Facebook user data. | SMH|

Can Ello get by on a manifesto and a smiley? | ZDNet |

To reach China, LinkedIn plays by local rules. | The New York Times |

Not on a social network? You’ve still got a privacy problem. | Wired |

113-year-old woman lies about her age to get a Facebook account. | Metro UK |

19 October 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Less than two weeks to get your tickets to The Privacy Workshop, Federation Square, 17 October, Melbourne:


Grooveshark loses copyright infringement case, but breaks no new legal ground. | LA Times |

Andrew Robb to host TPP Trade Ministers’ meeting in Sydney 25 – 27   negotiations to include intellectual property provisions.

Committee report on Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement was  presented to the Senate this week:  ISP liability and the iiNet case discussed at pp 41-3.

On the trail of an online pirate. | The New York Times |

Defamation & media law

Freedom on information may cost $800 as Coalition seeks to abolish regulator. | The Guardian |

Telling tales of terror. | ABC’s Media Watch |

National security laws ‘strike at the heart of press freedom’. | The Guardian |

Privacy & information security

Just the facts? This dossier goes further. |  New York Times |

The Right to be Forgotten: Not an Easy Question: Frank Pasquale. | TechPolicy |

Librarians won’t stay quiet about government surveillance. | Washington Post |

Naked photo sparks row at Sydney University. | SMH |

The women who tech forgot. The Innovators. |  The New York Times |

Unlocking the geo-block: Australians embrace VPNs. | The Conversation |

The NSA & me: James Bamford. | The Intercept |

The Geek chorus: ‘Give Mark Zuckerberg all the data he wants’. | The Register |

Social media

Peter Nunn jailed for abusive tweets to MP Stella Creasy (UK). | The Guardian |

Let slip the doges of war: Senator Ludlam calls for a meme protest of data retention laws. | CNET | ->

Some judicial opinions only require 14o characters. | The New York Times |

Celebrity vloggers are good for your brand: Richenda Vermeulen. | AFR |

5 October 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Dear Rupert. | Google Policy Europe |

Harper review recommends scrutiny of trade agreement IP clauses. | ComputerWorld |

Slamming Netflix backdoors will not help local streamers. | ZDNet |

Creative Commons Information Pack. | National Copyright Unit |

Defamation & media law

Defamation law reminds critics of Indonesia’s past. | New York Times |

Man wrongly identified by Fairfax Media as terrorism suspect might sue. | The Guardian |

Privacy & information security

The Privacy Workshop, Federation Square, 17 October:

Round-up of commentary on data retention following Friday’s Senate hearing chaired by Senator Ludlam:

Senators’ ignorance on surveillance laws is not bliss. | ZDNet |

France adopts anti-terror laws eroding civil liberties. | La Quadrature Du Net |

Eight ways Tony Abbott is trying to trade freedom for security. | The Guardian |

‘Communications Surveillance, Big Data and the Law’.  | UNSW Law  Journal |  

BitTorrent adds paygate to its direct-to-fan publishing platform Bundle. | TNW |

Competition review supports tackling Australia tax. | ZDNet |

16-Year-Old Irish girls win Google Science Fair 2014 with world-changing crop yield breakthrough. | Inhabitat |

Website blocking scheme not a filter, Comms Dept says. | ComputerWorld |

Social media

Russia asks Facebook, Google, Twitter to comply with law on data storage. | The Moscow Times |

Social media’s difficult adolescence. | Paul Wallbank |

Report on the use of electronic devices in the House of Representatives Chamber and Federation Chamber. | APH |

28 September 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


Economists: consumers will suffer under copyright crackdown. | IT News |

Ministerial, working level TPP talks eyed in Australia in October. | GlobalPost |

iiNet rejects Village piracy claim. | AFR |

Village Roadshow fails Turing Test. | ZDNet |

Defamation & media law

 Are bloggers ‘journalists’? New Zealand’s High Court says yes.  | The Conversation |

Government to appoint Children’s e-Safety Commissioner. | Minister for Communications |

Journalists may face prison under proposed new Australian anti-terror laws. | WAN IFRA  | 

Privacy & information security

Text-inspectors. Andrew O’Hagan on No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald. | London Review of Books |

The murky moves toward metadata retention. | The Saturday Paper |

Sydney dawn counter-terrorism raids: why now, and why so few answers? | The Guardian |

Swedish ISP urges European Commission to end ‘illegal data retention’. | PC World |

UNHCR: Joint statement on privacy in the digital age. | IFEX |

A World From Below episode on Pine Gap (Australia) the role it plays in the drone war & mass surveillance:

The Internet isn’t killing media anymore. It’s helping it make a killing in profits. | Washington Post |

Silicon Valley has officially run out of ideas. | Slate |

Why big data evangelists should be sent to re-education camps: Stilgherrian | ZDNet |

Study: Cities with super-fast Internet are more productive. | Washington Post |

Social media

Social media: beat the journos, don’t say anything stupid. | The Mandarin |

The Twitter Government and Elections Handbook (US 2014 edition). | Twitter |

Tweet and destroy: Australian spies track terror threats on social media. | The Age |

21 September 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


The responses to the Australian government’s Discussion Paper on Online Copyright Infringement are trickling through to the Attorney-General’s website.

This Tuesday 9 September Minister Turnbull  will host the Online Copyright Infringement Forum with industry leaders. The forum will be webcast from 6.30pm

iiNet lets fly in its submission to the government’s copyright consultation. | Gizmodo Au |  (Full submission)

How film studios want to use data retention to crack down on piracy. | ZDNet |

Piracy policy could sully Australia’s image. | AFR |

Defamation & media law

A landmark judgment – Bleyer v Google. | INFORRM |

Corby’s siblings awarded more than $300,000 in compensation for defamation. | Daily Mail |

Privacy & information security

Please stop saying celebs shouldn’t have taken nude photos in the first place. | Forbes |

Challenge to NSA’s mass surveillance inches it way up the court system. | ACLU |

Extraordinary rendition and the secret role of metadata. | Ryan J Gallagher |

ALRC recommends tort for serious invasion of privacy. | ZDNet |

Australia Federal Police mistakenly publish metadata from criminal investigations. | The Guardian |

Tribler makes BitTorrent anonymous with built-in Tor network. | Torrentfreak |

iiNet, industry & consumer organisations seek limits on website blocking (section 313). | ComputerWorld | 

The trap of simplicity: why analogies for surveillance fail us. | Privacy International |

Aussie game classification receives first major reform in nearly 20 years. | Develop | 

Chattanooga’s Gig: how one city’s super-fast internet is driving a tech boom. | The Guardian |

Social media

Reports of Twitter shifting to algorithmic timeline raise concern about user control and experience. | Digiphile |

What is ‘fairness’? What happens when technology decides? | Medium |

Internet Archive uploads more than 14 million public domain images. | Boing Boing |

7 September 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology