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Without provisions where works automatically enter the public domain after a reasonable time limit, the vast majority of recorded 20th century culture is lost as “orphan works,” and will likely be entirely inaccessible to creators.

Article by Maira Sutton for EFF

Fun fact: A crayfish species named after Snowden! 

Article by David Pescovitz for NBC News

A new crayfish species from Indonesia has been named after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. 

The crayfish, as far as scientists know, doesn't have advanced computer skills, and hasn't exposed any government surveillance programs. Instead, it is regularly exported from its home in the West Papau region of Indonesia to Europe, East Asia and North America as a colorful pet, usually under the name "orange tip" or "green orange tip."

Hey look! It's the 50 year anniversary of 'hypertext', aka: what facilitates the link! Here's an interview with the man who coined the word.

Article by Byron Reese for GigaOm

On August 24, 1965 Ted Nelson used the word “hypertext” (which he coined) in a paper he presented at the Association for Computing Machinery. I was able to interview him earlier this month about the event and his early thoughts on the future of computing.  

Argentine dissidents are getting targeted by invasive spyware.

Article by Morgan Marquis-Boire for The Intercept

Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor known for doggedly investigating a 1994 Buenos Aires bombing, was targeted by invasive spy software downloaded onto his cellular phone shortly before his mysterious death. The software masqueraded as a confidential document and was intended to infect a Windows computer.

In one giant leap towards curbing online censorship, tech giants like Google and Facebook are demanding that those who abuse the DMCA takedown request system feel the consequences

Article by Ernesto for Torrent Freak

The CCIA, which represents global tech firms including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, has published an extensive research paper on the future of copyright in the digital landscape. One of the main suggestions is to extent current copyright law, so that senders of wrongful DMCA takedown notices face serious legal consequences.

And on Internet censorship news...

Article by ABHIMANYU GHOSHAL for TNW

Mobile internet services have been blocked in the Indian state of Gujarat(home to nearly 63 million people), following violent protests led by the Patel community after one of its leaders was detained by local police in Ahmedabad.

22-year-old politician Hardik Patel, the convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, led a rally to demand Other Backward Class (OBC) status for members of the Patidar community, in order to level the playing field in the competition for enrollment at universities and jobs in government organizations.

The way we use and access the Internet is changing, and  net neutrality provisions should adapt to those changes. Here's how the new net neutrality rules in the U.S. apply to the mobile market.

Article by Jessica Smith for the Business Insider

Americans are increasingly ditching their desktops and reaching for their mobile devices to access the internet instead. 

For this reason, mobile broadband – or internet access from any mobile device – was included in the FCC's recently adopted net neutrality proposal, making it subject to many of the same constraints and regulations as the wired internet.

Apparently, "Orwellian" is no longer an appropriate reference for our surveillance state - we should dream to be so lucky to be back to Orwellian times, according to the new UN special rapporteur on privacy.

Article by Adam Alexander for The Guardian

The first UN privacy chief has said the world needs a Geneva convention style law for the internet to safeguard data and combat the threat of massive clandestine digital surveillance.

Algorithms shape our online lives. The websites we visit guess what you want to listen to next, where your next appointment is, what to buy your friend for Christmas...Helpful or creepy?

Article by Alexis Petridis, Jess Cartner-Morley, Stuart Heritage and Archie Bland for The Guardian

‘Spotify seems to think I want to hear a 1972 live album by Yes’

 

Who hasn't taken a photo of a tasty-looking meal and shared it? I'm afraid, those days might be over in Germany, here comes the copyright. 

Article by TechDirt

Over the years, Techdirt has had a couple of stories about misguided chefs who think that people taking photos of their food are "stealing" something -- their culinary soul, perhaps. According to an article in the newspaper Die Welt, it seems that this is not just a matter of opinion in Germany, but established law (original in German):

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