Earlier this year, we noted that famed copyright trolling operation Perfect 10 had lost big time in its lawsuit against Giganews. Perfect 10 is a copyright trolling operation that pretends to be a pornographic magazine publisher, but whose main line of business has long been threatening online platforms to pay up linking to or hosting some of its content that users uploaded. While some online websites have paid up to avoid lawsuits, in basically every case that went to trial, Perfect 10 has lost big time, often setting very useful and very important precedents on copyright and fair use. If you haven't gone through Perfect 10's Hall of Fame in setting up great precedents for fair use and intermediary liability protections, check out some of the classics:
Nonsense abounds in Big Telecom's net neutrality narrative
Article by Karl Bode for TechDirt
With either an ISP lawsuit or a 2016 party shift the only way to kill our new net neutrality rules, neutrality opponents have some time to kill. As such, they're in desperate need of somewhere to direct their impotent rage at the foul idea of a healthier Internet free from gatekeeper control. Step one of this catharsis has been to publicly shame the FCC for daring to stand up to broadband ISPs in a series of increasingly absurd and often entirely nonsensical public "fact finding" hearings. Step two is to push forth a series of editorials that tries to rewrite the history of the net neutrality debate -- with Netflix as the villainous, Machiavellian centerpiece.
The chorus of voices calling for an end to government spying continues to grow.
Article by The Next Web
Google, along with other tech giants like Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and Twitter, is calling on Congress to end the bulk collection of communications metadata by US government agencies like the NSA.
The Reform Government Surveillance coalition, made up of 10 major tech companies, is joining with civil society groups and trade associations to urge legislators to introduce greater transparency and accountability around surveillance programs.
By re-classifying broadband internet as a utility, the FCC has effectively declared that it's a right, nay a necessity, for every American. That's why it also dismantled laws in states like Tennessee that restrict municipalities from supplying broadband and competing against private companies like AT&T and Comcast -- often with much better services. But on the same day that the broadband industry sued the FCC to stop net neutrality rules, the state of Tennessee also sued the regulator to overturn its city-friendly decision. It claims that the FCC "has unlawfully inserted itself between the State of Tennessee and the State's own political subdivisions," calling it "arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion."
Today in hypocrisy: an Australian government MP trying to pass invasive laws that would undermine privacy has downloaded an open-source encrypted messaging app. 10 points to anyone who spots the irony!
Article by Amanda Meade for The Guardian
Wickr is so last year if you’re the tech savvy minister for communications, Malcolm Turnbull. Our spy operatives say Turnbull recently downloaded an encryption app called Signal. Earlier this month Turnbull was revealed to be using a secure messaging app called Wickr. The suggestion was that Turnbull and some of his colleagues were using the app to exchange encrypted and self-destructing messages during the Liberals’ leadership crisis.
For years, analysts and prognosticators have been predicting that the world of TV was going to shift from "over-the-air" (OTA) to "over-the-top" (OTT). That is, people will go from primarily consuming their television through a cable box to consuming it through Internet streaming services — which may or may not be connected to an actual TV.
The NSA's idea to promote U.S. cybersecurity is very, very disturbing.
Article by Trevor Timm for The Guardian
The National Security Agency want to be able to hack more people, vacuum up even more of your internet records and have the keys to tech companies’ encryption – and, after 18 months of embarrassing inaction from Congress on surveillance reform, the NSA is now lobbying it for more powers, not less.
Check out this great demonstration against TPP fast tracking!
Article by Art Killing Apathy
Earlier today, activists lead by Popular Resistance flooded Congress in a silent protest against TPP and Fast Track.
Starting in the Dirksen building, activists put on vests noting all the facets of our lives and rights that would be “Silenced” by the TPP and Fast Track. Along with the vests, blue tape was also used to physically silence the groups as we flooded through the halls of Congress.