Why Blocking Piracy Websites Is Bad For Australia’s Digital Future

Rumours are flying that the government will introduce legislation before Christmas aimed at blocking certain websites, such as The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, as part of a range of efforts to reduce copyright infringement in Australia. But is that a good idea?

The US Court Case That Made Movie Theatre Concessions So Expensive

In 1948, the US Supreme Court ended the stranglehold Hollywood studios and distributors had on the US movie market. Declaring the big eight a monopoly and ordering them to divest of their ownership of movie theatres and cease other non-competitive practices, with US v Paramount Pictures, et al, the Court opened the movie industry to independent producers and theatres, and indelibly changed the way we see films (and the films we see).

Samsung Has Filed A Complaint With The FTC To Block Sales Of NVIDIA GPUs

Briefly: Samsung has filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission asking it to block sales of NVIDIA graphics chips and Tegra mobile processors. It’s a tit-for-tat move, after NVIDIA tried to block sales of certain Samsung handsets back in November.

Opinion: You Don't Get To Complain About Privacy Anymore

You may have read reports this week that put Uber in hot water. A company executive has reportedly been caught following a journalist using the company’s back end software, and talked about spying on people who say bad things about the service. That has shocked users around the world. That reaction confuses me. If you’re using a phone, you don’t get to complain about privacy anymore.

Sydney Taxi Drivers Decry Uber X Ridesharing, Call For It To Be Stopped

The recent backlash over the Uber X ridesharing service in Sydney is gaining critical mass, with a recent gathering of local taxi drivers calling out to the NSW Government to stop the service in the nation’s largest city.

Malicious Sexting Is Now Illegal In Victoria

Thinking about snapping a shot of someone else in the nude and sending it to a mate for a joke? Stop laughing: that sort of thing could land you on the sex offender register in the state of Victoria from today.

Google Fined $US2000 For Street View Cleavage Shot

Google has been handed a fine from a Canadian court, after it was found to have embarrassed a woman and invaded her privacy by sticking a photo of her cleavage on Street View.

How Far Companies Will Go To Protect You From Copyright Bullies

When somebody wants to silence speech, they often use the quickest method available. When the speech is hosted on a major online platform, that method is usually a copyright or trademark complaint.

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