Articles in category 'The Right To Share'
Mexican Authorities Seized KickassTorrents “Clone” Domain
Kickass.mx, a “clone” of a popular KickassTorrents, was withdrawn by the Mexican police. The site operator didn’t expect such a turn of events, but he is not going to give up and will continue to serve torrents from Kickass.cd.
20 Years in Jail for a Hacker Exposing US Targets to Isis
Ardit Ferizi, 20, who helped Islamic State by providing the names of about 1,000 US government employees as potential targets, got 20 years in prison as a sentence. This was much higher than the 6-year term asked by defense lawyers. Those tried to convince the court that their client meant no real harm and wasn’t a true Isis supporter.
Australian Agency Mistakenly Released Contact Names Linked to 5,000 Businesses
A “human error” resulted in the Australian Bureau of Statistics unintentionally publishing contact names linked to over 5,000 Queensland organizations. This breach was among the 14 the Bureau has reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner over the last 3 years.
iCloud Account of Pippa Middleton Hacked, Images Stolen
Following the hack of Pippa Middleton’s iCloud account, British police are investigating the theft of her 3,000 photos, which also contained images of the Duchess of Cambridge and her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Half a Billion Yahoo’s Accounts Hacked in 2014
Security experts have pressing questions unanswered after Yahoo’s admission that “state-sponsored” hackers had stolen the personal details of half a billion users. The attackers obtained names, email addresses, phone numbers and security questions in late 2014. Hackers also stole passwords, but they were in a “hashed” form and therefore could not be immediately re-used. Besides, Yahoo believes that financial information held with it remains safe.
Right to Be Forgotten Used to Expire News
There are some new signs from Europe that the right to be forgotten is being applied directly against news websites – for example, the Italian court recently upheld a ruling an article in an online news archive expires after a period of 2 years. This is regarded as a significant departure from previous applications of the right, which have always distinguished between delisting search results and removing content at source. However, for some reason Roman court has blamed the source.
In one of the cases over the news article, the judges in Rome attached great importance to the availability of the archived article via Google Search, pointing out that online content needs treating differently because it is consultable simply by typing the name of the claimant into the search engine. At the same time, unlike their previous European counterparts, they failed to consider the alternative, saying that publishers of websites can indicate their wish the specific information to be wholly or partially excluded from search engines’ automatic indexes.
This approach caused the news publisher to thunder that Italian law does not understand technology or the Internet. As a result, the right to be forgotten now has a new meaning in the country: the right to remove inconvenient journalism from archives after 2 years, which effectively decimates online journalism. Indeed, such court ruling leaves Italian editors vulnerable to arguments that their product has already been published for long enough and must be taken down.
It remains to be seen whether the outdated diagnoses made for a 2-year-old article will now be applied elsewhere.
12% European Teenagers Gamble Online
Online gambling by teenagers is becoming a huge public health concern in Europe: a recent survey found out that 1 in 8 is now gambling frequently. The survey covered 96,000 school students across 35 countries and revealed that while teenage smoking and drinking are declining, excessive screen time and new psychoactive drugs seem increasing.
FBI to Disclose How It Broke into Shooter’s iPhone
A US court has issued a summons to the FBI following the request of the group of media outfits to release details about how the agency hacked an iPhone of a San Bernardino shooter.
European Wi-Fi Operator Found not Liable for Users’ Infringement
The EU court has decided that the operator of an open Wi-Fi network can’t be held responsible for its users’ infringements. In the court case, Sony accused Pirate Party member Tobias McFadden of enabling music piracy.
Tobias McFadden runs a lighting and sound system shop in Germany and has been operating an open Wi-Fi network. 6 years ago, it caused him trouble with a major recording label, when he received a claim from Sony that his open network had been used to share music online without permission.
The copyright owner demanded McFadden to take some measures, such as password protecting the Wi-Fi network, blocking file-sharing ports, and blocking file-sharers. He was also accused of third party infringement, with the case being referred to the European Court of Justice. However, the court decided in favor of the network operator in terms of liability. At the same time, the Court ruled that providers could be required to end copyright infringement, for example by password-protecting the open Wi-Fi network and requiring users to reveal their identity before obtaining that password. Besides, the EU court rejected the notion of monitoring networks for infringement or taking more aggressive measures.
The industry experts admitted that the court ruling could complicate plans for more open access to Wi-Fi networks, as it may cause a lot of unnecessary red tape for small businesses that currently offer free Wi-Fi. The plans of the governments to offer free Wi-Fi in European cities are also affected by this ruling. Some fear that copyright enforcement might become a Trojan horse for ending online anonymity.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Anti-Piracy Groups Fabricate Takedown Notices
Some companies were caught “making up” links that have never even existed in their takedown notices – perhaps in order to boost their own numbers.
Since anti-piracy outfits deal with massive volume of automated requests, they sometimes make errors, and this is quite understandable. Some of such errors are more serious than others, but sometimes reporting organizations don’t even try to be correct. To be more precise, some of them are deliberately and automatically fabricating links to broaden their scope.
Recently, defunct torrent cache services received takedown notices for files that never existed. This was also initially regarded as a mistake. However, it now seems that the problem is much broader than first thought, because more and more torrent proxy and clone websites, even dead ones, now receive similar treatment.
For example, NBC Universal was caught fabricating links in takedown requests for Torrentz2.eu, a clone of the original but now defunct Torrentz.eu. It turned out that NBC simply did a search and replaced the old domain with a new one, without checking if the URLs exist, effectively fabricating the links.
Such practice is quite common for clones and proxy websites – while most of such links led to actual content, takedown notices were sent long after a site has gone offline, targeting content that didn’t exist when the site was still up.
One may wonder why are these fabricated notices being sent? Either due to laziness or in order to boost the anti-piracy groups’ numbers. Indeed, many of them get paid based on the volume of notices they send out. Anyway, fabricated links are just another example of the carelessness of some copyright owners and reporting organizations.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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