So GCHQ is already spying on behalf of the copyright industry. Why isn’t there an outcry over this change of mission?

It was a little-noticed story in the Entertainment and Oddities section: The GCHQ is using its spying network to help the copyright industry prevent “unauthorized distribution of creative works” – meaning ordinary people sharing interesting things with each other. Yes, that spying network which was supposed to prevent horrible terror attacks, and only to prevent … Continue reading “So GCHQ is already spying on behalf of the copyright industry. Why isn’t there an outcry over this change of mission?”

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Supreme Court: Wikimedia violates copyright by posting its own photos of public, taxpayer-funded art

A ruling in the Swedish Supreme Court today establishes that Wikimedia, the publisher of Wikipedia, must pay compensation to the creators of original sculptures and monuments when publishing Wikimedia’s own photos of said sculptures and monuments. Note that this isn’t about using photos without permission; the photos are used with permission. It’s the fact that … Continue reading “Supreme Court: Wikimedia violates copyright by posting its own photos of public, taxpayer-funded art”

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European Supreme Court advisor: “Strike down Germany’s open-wi-fi-liability laws”

This week, the top advisor to the European Court of Justice advised the Court to rule against Germany’s liability for open wi-fi hotspots. While the case isn’t finished yet, most media reported it as “no liability for open wi-fi”. The case is much, much larger than that. The European Court of Justice is the highest … Continue reading “European Supreme Court advisor: “Strike down Germany’s open-wi-fi-liability laws””

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What is Netflix thinking, blocking VPN traffic?

So Netflix has banned people using VPNs in Europe from accessing their service. This move can be kindly described as “moronic”, for a variety of reasons. To start off, we’re talking about shutting out your paying customers. The Reddit thread about Netflix’ action is positively fuming. It’s currently unclear exactly what countries are affected by … Continue reading “What is Netflix thinking, blocking VPN traffic?”

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Norway’s Censorship Of The Pirate Bay Yet Another Uptick For VPNs And Alternate DNS

A Norwegian district court has seen it fit to order censorship of The Pirate Bay and other sites that are sometimes used to violate the entertainment distribution monopoly we know as “copyright”. Ignoring the rules surrounding fundamental rights, ignoring that European courts have previously ruled such censorship ineffective to accomplish the dubious goal, the Norwegian … Continue reading “Norway’s Censorship Of The Pirate Bay Yet Another Uptick For VPNs And Alternate DNS”

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Once Again, The Old World Doesn’t Understand That Unrestriction Is Just A VPN Away

Four pieces of news in the past week show just how little the lawmakers and courts continue to understand of the Internet: Australia introduced Data Retention, Spain ordered The Pirate Bay censored, courts in Ireland ordered people disconnected from the net, and Denmark ordered another eleven sites blocked. The old guard actually seems to think … Continue reading “Once Again, The Old World Doesn’t Understand That Unrestriction Is Just A VPN Away”

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FCC Net Neutrality: “Lawful” Has Really Become Newspeak For “Evil”

Apparently, the FCC’s version of net neutrality really does contain a gaping hole for anything copyright-monopoly-related. The little qualifier “lawful” in the sentence that “all lawful traffic must be treated equally” turned out to mean that ISPs may now be required to police the net for copyright monopoly infringements, acting as police, prosecutor, judge, and … Continue reading “FCC Net Neutrality: “Lawful” Has Really Become Newspeak For “Evil””

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The Pirate Bay Returns And China Filters VPNs

Two unrelated things coincide: The return of The Pirate Bay on one hand, and China banning VPNs on the other – actually, not banning them per se, but aggressively filtering VPN traffic in their Great Firewall. It’s a complete coincidence that these both happen in the same week but show something important: inertia and vested … Continue reading “The Pirate Bay Returns And China Filters VPNs”

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Argentinian Block Of Pirate Bay Shows Poor Understanding Of Modern Privacy-Of-Location

An Argentinian court ordered an interim censorship of The Pirate Bay this week, at the request of the copyright industry. It affects all ISPs in Argentina, and spills over into part of Paraguay. This shows a remarkable non-understanding of Privacy-of-Location on behalf of the copyright industry. It used to be that we could be located … Continue reading “Argentinian Block Of Pirate Bay Shows Poor Understanding Of Modern Privacy-Of-Location”

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  • Mar 16, 2012
  • rasengan
  • Bitcoin, BitTorrent, News, Privacy,

Your ISP is Going to Spy on You Starting July 12, 2012

Your ISP is going to spy on you starting July 12, 2012. One year ago, the RIAA and the MPAA organized a project with the largest internet service providers in the US to begin monitoring their customer’s internet activity.  This monitoring was introduced as a joint coalition to combat piracy.  A list of providers that … Continue reading “Your ISP is Going to Spy on You Starting July 12, 2012”

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