How did the free sharing of scientific knowledge and culture become the worst crime our justice systems could think of?

Sci-Hub is starting to get judgments and censorship applied against it. It’s noteworthy that not even murder or genocide is considered cause for such Internet censorship as is now being applied to Sci-Hub. How and when did the free sharing of scientific knowledge become the worst conceivable crime? Science Magazine has a long feature titled … Continue reading “How did the free sharing of scientific knowledge and culture become the worst crime our justice systems could think of?”

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  • Nov 6, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Copyright, Governments, News,

US Judge grants “unprecedented” injunction which forces search engines and ISPs to block site over copyright case

A US Judge has granted an injunction that forces search engines and internet service providers (ISPs), not just domain registrars, to block Sci-Hub. Sci-Hub is a free, online archive that shares research articles; it was founded by Alexandra Elbakyan. The site, which hosts many academic papers which are otherwise behind paywall, has faced fire from … Continue reading “US Judge grants “unprecedented” injunction which forces search engines and ISPs to block site over copyright case”

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  • Oct 31, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Copyright, Governments, News,

Youtube MP3 sites known for stream ripping, YTMP3 and MP3juices, block UK IP addresses

Websites and extensions that facilitate Youtube MP3 conversions are disappearing in the United Kingdom (UK). Two large stream ripping sites, MP3juices and YTMP3 are now blocking UK IP addresses from accessing their site. In 2016, the old guard of the music copyright industry – the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the International Federation of … Continue reading “Youtube MP3 sites known for stream ripping, YTMP3 and MP3juices, block UK IP addresses”

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Big Canadian ISP is actually asking the Canadian Government for Internet censorship

Bell Canada, one of Canada’s major ISPs, is requesting the Canadian government to create a governmental censorship regime, blacklisting resources that Canadians shall not be reading. According to Bell Canada, this is necessary to “prevent people from leaving regulated television and turning to piracy instead”. It is not explained how leaving the regulated TV system, … Continue reading “Big Canadian ISP is actually asking the Canadian Government for Internet censorship”

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Why shouldn’t copyright law apply on the Internet?

Every so often, you hear copyright industry lobbyists ask “why copyright law shouldn’t apply on the Internet”, suggesting that the Internet is a lawless land with regard to people sharing what they like. They have a point, but not the point they think: Our laws have checks and balances that prevent enforcement against sharing culture … Continue reading “Why shouldn’t copyright law apply on the Internet?”

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With the World Wide Web Consortium captured by the copyright industry, who will step up to lead web development next?

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which used to develop standards for the Web, has been captured by the copyright industry. In a doubly controversial vote, the W3C decided that media companies and not the user should be in control, ending their longstanding commitment to openness and the Internet’s core values. The open question is … Continue reading “With the World Wide Web Consortium captured by the copyright industry, who will step up to lead web development next?”

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Call to Action: Write to the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on the upcoming copyright vote

On October 10, an important committee in the European Parliament will vote on future copyright law. It hangs in the balance, and ordinary people like you and I contacting Members of the European Parliament can really make a difference, like you’ll remember we did with ACTA five years ago and won. You don’t have to … Continue reading “Call to Action: Write to the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on the upcoming copyright vote”

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  • Aug 25, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Copyright, Governments, Privacy, Security,

Welcome to the Internet of listening, eavesdropping, spying things

There’s a new frontier for digital privacy: home devices that understand spoken commands. That’s impressive and convenient, but it comes with definite risks, as Rick Falkvinge pointed out earlier this week. The product sites of the main players in the so-called “smart speaker” sector – Amazon, Apple, and Google – offer plenty of upbeat advertising … Continue reading “Welcome to the Internet of listening, eavesdropping, spying things”

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Is the copyright industry above the law and exempt from respecting human rights? Some companies seem to think so

When what evolved into modern copyright was first drawn up in the eighteenth century, it was designed as a legal weapon to be deployed against printers that made infringing copies of published texts. It was not used against the public for the simple reason that ordinary people had no means of making infringing copies: printing … Continue reading “Is the copyright industry above the law and exempt from respecting human rights? Some companies seem to think so”

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  • Aug 10, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Copyright, Governments, News,

India blocks the Internet Archive Wayback Machine in censorship overstep

The hugely popular internet tool, the Wayback Machine by the Internet Archive, has been blocked by an Indian court order. India has a long history of blocking sites that are not illegal. Previous targets for internet service provider (ISP) level blocking include WordPress and Github. Additionally, in certain regions such as Jammu and Kashmir, the … Continue reading “India blocks the Internet Archive Wayback Machine in censorship overstep”

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