Archive for 2011/11/21
A Russian company called Netcom Partners and others are taking advantage of YouTube’s copyright-control filters, known as Content ID. It’s not clear how much money the scammers are stealing from YouTube videomakers. But if you judge by the volume of complaints about the hijacking on Google’s forums, it’s likely Netcom and others are doing pretty well making money for nothing.
“YouTube has developed some system that allows these companies to hijack videos for revenue for content that is not their own without any legal oversight,” Justin Pye, an Emory University physics doctoral student who produced the Pepper video, said in a telephone interview.
The European Commission noted with regret that non-US companies are not allowed to compete for the forthcoming IANA contractPosted: 2011/11/21 in Education / Awareness
The Commission believes greater respect should be given by the IANA contractor to respecting applicable law (such as EU personal data protection laws). The Commission will continue to take the initiative for such provisions in future IANA contracts as part of its efforts to ensure sustainable multi-stakeholder governance of the Internet, in the service of public interest, as a matter of both principle and efficient practice.
Turkish telecommunications authorities will soon introduce a new Internet filter that would ban pornographic and separatist material online, despite numerous demonstrations decrying the move as censorshipPosted: 2011/11/21 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering
The consumer society was laid down by the late Steve Jobs coming down the mountain with two tablets, iPad one and iPad two, and the result is that we now have a culture of iPod, iPhone, iTunes, i, I, IPosted: 2011/11/21 in Education / Awareness
The cause and perpetrators behind interference against two US scientific satellites remains unknown to American military commanders more than three years after the mysterious eventPosted: 2011/11/21 in Education / Awareness
Perfect 10, file-sharing site Megaupload and operator Kim Schmitz have reached a settlement agreement in their copyright infringement suit
More than 2,000 fraudulent websites were suspended following action by the Met’s Police Central e-Crime UnitPosted: 2011/11/21 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement
Dutch Political Party ‘Democrats 66′ Wants Government To Cease All ACTA Negotiations Until Parliament Receives All ACTA Related Information And DocumentationPosted: 2011/11/21 in Education / Awareness, Legislation, Public Policy
Internet Watch Foundation: We received a report of child sexual abuse content hosted on a Fileserve URL which was assessed as criminal under UK law. It is not uncommon to see child sexual abuse content hosted on legitimate cloud storage sites, in our most recent Annual Report we identified this trend as increasingPosted: 2011/11/21 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering
A key civil servant whom helped author the UK governments 2010 Digital Economy Act (DEA / DEAct), which seeks to tackle “illegal” internet copyright infringement (piracy) by forcing controversial new measures upon broadband ISPs and their customers (e.g. account “suspension“), has admitted that the acts “impact assessment was not based on new research or evidence“.
European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes delivered an inspiring speech at the Forum d’Avignon this weekend. The Commissioner noted that the current path of increased enforcement as put forward by the copyright monopoly is not the right onePosted: 2011/11/21 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Copyright should protect artists instead of corporations, and technology is not something to restrict but to make use of, she argued.
In a quite astonishing lawsuit, Universal Music could be demanding hundreds of millions in damages from Grooveshark’s music streaming servicePosted: 2011/11/21 in Education / Awareness, Illegal File Sharing, Litigation
Claims in the lawsuit lay waste to Grooveshark’s insistence that they enjoy ‘safe harbor’ under the DMCA, stating categorically that bosses and other workers at the company, from the CEO down, personally uploaded many thousands of infringing tracks to the service.