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

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Less than two weeks to get your tickets to The Privacy Workshop, Federation Square, 17 October, Melbourne:  https://privacy.electronworkshop.com.au

Copyright

Grooveshark loses copyright infringement case, but breaks no new legal ground. | LA Times | http://lat.ms/1EeREbK

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 | http://nyti.ms/1s1greL

Defamation & media law

Freedom on information may cost $800 as Coalition seeks to abolish regulator. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1rWedge

Telling tales of terror. | ABC’s Media Watch | http://ab.co/1mG8mv1

National security laws ‘strike at the heart of press freedom’. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1rpEHb0

Privacy & information security

Just the facts? This dossier goes further. |  New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1BFU27l

The Right to be Forgotten: Not an Easy Question: Frank Pasquale. | TechPolicy | http://bit.ly/1yESuP0

Librarians won’t stay quiet about government surveillance. | Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1tpbatz

Naked photo sparks row at Sydney University. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1tpcAV3

The women who tech forgot. The Innovators. |  The New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1n4nTFn

Unlocking the geo-block: Australians embrace VPNs. | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1vG0s6G

The NSA & me: James Bamford. | The Intercept | http://bit.ly/1yBiavF

The Geek chorus: ‘Give Mark Zuckerberg all the data he wants’. | The Register | http://bit.ly/1s1gozx

Social media

Peter Nunn jailed for abusive tweets to MP Stella Creasy (UK). | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1tbzWxt

Let slip the doges of war: Senator Ludlam calls for a meme protest of data retention laws. | CNET | http://cnet.co/1rR7LaO -> http://stopdataretention.tumblr.com/

Some judicial opinions only require 14o characters. | The New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1BFU27l

Celebrity vloggers are good for your brand: Richenda Vermeulen. | AFR | http://bit.ly/1xbHkg8

5 October 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Dear Rupert. | Google Policy Europe | http://bit.ly/1uTe7os

Harper review recommends scrutiny of trade agreement IP clauses. | ComputerWorld | http://bit.ly/1ruHRZL

Slamming Netflix backdoors will not help local streamers. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1onXfTb

Creative Commons Information Pack. | National Copyright Unit | http://bit.ly/1iCgXbd

Defamation & media law

Defamation law reminds critics of Indonesia’s past. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1qJf6DM

Man wrongly identified by Fairfax Media as terrorism suspect might sue. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/YxwS64

Privacy & information security

The Privacy Workshop, Federation Square, 17 October: https://privacy.electronworkshop.com.au

Round-up of commentary on data retention following Friday’s Senate hearing chaired by Senator Ludlam: http://bit.ly/1t1iDit

Senators’ ignorance on surveillance laws is not bliss. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1wPaQrL

France adopts anti-terror laws eroding civil liberties. | La Quadrature Du Net | http://bit.ly/1CxfRIP

Eight ways Tony Abbott is trying to trade freedom for security. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1Cxj4YM

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

BitTorrent adds paygate to its direct-to-fan publishing platform Bundle. | TNW | http://tnw.co/YuRZGA

Competition review supports tackling Australia tax. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1vpojXc

16-Year-Old Irish girls win Google Science Fair 2014 with world-changing crop yield breakthrough. | Inhabitat | http://bit.ly/1CiUgUi

Website blocking scheme not a filter, Comms Dept says. | ComputerWorld | http://bit.ly/1Cxj4YM

Social media

Russia asks Facebook, Google, Twitter to comply with law on data storage. | The Moscow Times | http://bit.ly/1rsVpnj

Social media’s difficult adolescence. | Paul Wallbank | http://bit.ly/1vochfC

Report on the use of electronic devices in the House of Representatives Chamber and Federation Chamber. | APH | http://bit.ly/ZiKl33

28 September 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Economists: consumers will suffer under copyright crackdown. | IT News | http://bit.ly/1q7SMDs

Ministerial, working level TPP talks eyed in Australia in October. | GlobalPost | http://bit.ly/1BNhWQj

iiNet rejects Village piracy claim. | AFR | http://bit.ly/1tP3dj1

Village Roadshow fails Turing Test. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/Z4ifbR

Defamation & media law

 Are bloggers ‘journalists’? New Zealand’s High Court says yes.  | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1qJAgaz

Government to appoint Children’s e-Safety Commissioner. | Minister for Communications | http://bit.ly/Z4ixiV

Journalists may face prison under proposed new Australian anti-terror laws. | WAN IFRA  | http://bit.ly/1tL4vhf 

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 | http://bit.ly/1sOy9hz

The murky moves toward metadata retention. | The Saturday Paper | http://bit.ly/XTi8yx

Sydney dawn counter-terrorism raids: why now, and why so few answers? | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1tKIsYc

Swedish ISP urges European Commission to end ‘illegal data retention’. | PC World | http://bit.ly/1ur6zJb

UNHCR: Joint statement on privacy in the digital age. | IFEX | http://bit.ly/1DqgaX5

A World From Below episode on Pine Gap (Australia) the role it plays in the drone war & mass surveillance:  http://bit.ly/1mu2SE5

The Internet isn’t killing media anymore. It’s helping it make a killing in profits. | Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1s4XWHI

Silicon Valley has officially run out of ideas. | Slate | http://slate.me/X8NkJJ

Why big data evangelists should be sent to re-education camps: Stilgherrian | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1r54i7D

Study: Cities with super-fast Internet are more productive. | Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1p7KEDF

Social media

Social media: beat the journos, don’t say anything stupid. | The Mandarin | http://bit.ly/1qW8doB

The Twitter Government and Elections Handbook (US 2014 edition). | Twitter | http://bit.ly/1s7makH

Tweet and destroy: Australian spies track terror threats on social media. | The Age | http://bit.ly/ZyKdMD

21 September 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

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 | http://zd.net/1Bk10AA

Piracy policy could sully Australia’s image. | AFR | http://bit.ly/1vCmUie

Defamation & media law

A landmark judgment – Bleyer v Google. | INFORRM | http://bit.ly/1ubkyFg

Corby’s siblings awarded more than $300,000 in compensation for defamation. | Daily Mail | http://dailym.ai/1lP0R51

Privacy & information security

Please stop saying celebs shouldn’t have taken nude photos in the first place. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1sVGFN2

Challenge to NSA’s mass surveillance inches it way up the court system. | ACLU | http://bit.ly/1renUpA

Extraordinary rendition and the secret role of metadata. | Ryan J Gallagher | http://bit.ly/1wTodLr

ALRC recommends tort for serious invasion of privacy. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/ZdpwFV

Australia Federal Police mistakenly publish metadata from criminal investigations. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/XTOdqL

Tribler makes BitTorrent anonymous with built-in Tor network. | Torrentfreak | http://bit.ly/1pmxD82

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

The trap of simplicity: why analogies for surveillance fail us. | Privacy International | http://bit.ly/1uEQjVj

Aussie game classification receives first major reform in nearly 20 years. | Develop | http://bit.ly/1uEQHmO 

Chattanooga’s Gig: how one city’s super-fast internet is driving a tech boom. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1pv24yZ

Social media

Reports of Twitter shifting to algorithmic timeline raise concern about user control and experience. | Digiphile | http://bit.ly/WyIvcq

What is ‘fairness’? What happens when technology decides? | Medium | http://bit.ly/1qxdG3L

Internet Archive uploads more than 14 million public domain images. | Boing Boing | http://bit.ly/1lP36VM

7 September 2014

MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology