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Last week the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) held their spring conference in San Diego, to share intelligence about the latest strategies for combatting "counterfeiting" (by which they mean trademark infringement) and "piracy" (by which they mean copyright infringement). EFF's Jeremy Malcolm attended as an invited panelist, giving us the opportunity to assert our views that anti-piracy campaigns should not infringe users' rights or damage the fabric of the global Internet. But perhaps more importantly, it also also afforded us a window into the mindset of the content and brand owners, law enforcement officials and lawyers behind these campaigns.

One year ago today, internet users of all ages, races, and political stripes participated in the largest protest in internet history, flooding US Congress with millions of emails and phone calls to demand they drop the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) -- a dangerous bill that would have allowed corporations and the govenrment to censor larger parts of the web.


What a year for technology, what with all its tiny tablets and overhauled operating systems. But for every Nexus 7 triumph, a Nexus Q disaster reared its gruesome head. Here are the worst screw-ups the tech industry endured in 2012. Advanced warning: They're not for the faint of heart.

There's a problem at the top of the governmental food chain: a lack of understanding about the internet. It's happening in government's all over the world. In Australia, the US and even in Europe, governments are lining up behind bills like SOPA and PIPA and rolling over on internet freedom, but with what little freedom we have left, we can fight to save the open internet. This is part two of Gizmodo Australia's interview with Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit turned internet activist.


TorrentFreak has posted a supposedly leaked presentation by the RIAA's chief lawyer that says that it defended SOPA and PIPA even though it knew the censorship legislation wouldn't be effective against music piracy. Is the RIAA for real, or are they just covering their arses? And what does it mean for your freedom going forward?

Copyright maths might not be something you've lent much thought to before, but in this talk Rob Reid -- founder of Rhapsody -- tries to explain the silly numbers that are used to justify SOPA and PIPA. He's very funny, and his talk is very interesting. Turns out your iPod might be worth more than you thought.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement certainly sounds, just on the name of the thing alone, like not such a bad idea. But for the basic principles of personal privacy it is, and it's the latest in the recent rash of acronymic acts that the Internet's up in arms about. Here's what we in Australia need to know.

Another bill which would have violated the civil liberties of many -- Hawaii's H.B. 2288 Internet Dossier bill -- has been pulled off the table following public outrage. And for good reason; the law would have tracked every website Hawaiians visited and linked that browsing history to a name and address. It opened the door to profound first and fourth US amendment violations. But worst of all, it was born out of ignorance.

Senator Chuck Grassley, previously documented for his inability to express a coherent thought via World Wide Web, just had that burden removed: his Twitter account has been hacked. For the first time ever, his tweets make sense!

The Stop Online Piracy Act is on ice for now in the US, but has all the noise it created given our own government ideas on how it would approach the issue of online piracy? There's some slight cross-over with the filter, yes, but the far-reaching powers that a SOPA-like piece of legislation would grant go way beyond keeping the kids safe, as it were.