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This week on the Internet: NSA and GCHQ hacked on WoW and used Google ad-tracking cookies, TPP postponed for 2014, EC launched EU copyright law review, The Pirate Bay moves to Peru.

  • Copyright

Pirate Bay’s co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm has been denied free access to e-mail and to his books and has been in solitary confinement since his arrival in Denmark, where he is going to be trialed for hacking into the IT company CSC mainframe.

fake-jul-assangeEarlier this week, The Pirate Bay has been forced to move its domain name again, and now reached its new destination in Peru. The new domain is Soon though, this will all be irrelevant, they say. Currently under development is a BitTorrent-powered browser that will enable users to store and distribute The Pirate Bay and other sites without need for central hosting. So zero reliance on domains altogether!

The European Commission has launched a review of EU copyright law seeking to gather industry views on how to modernize the existing law. The problem, according to Forbes, is the extremely fragmented EU copyright market. Read here the consultation document. And in other news, Norway is digitising all their books, regardless of the copyright status, and allows everyone with a local IP to access them.

Wikileaks and Huffington Post have released another two TPP documents. They give us some clues on how the negotiations went between the 12 participating countriesOne good news is that US seems to be alone in its extreme efforts to push through corporate sovereignty (“which would allow companies to ignore the laws of countries and sue those countries for “lost profits” when they disagree with the legal regime”) and in its IPR proposals. Read here how isolated US are in the negotiations. Due to the numerous disagreements, the negotiations have been postponed for 2014, but far from finished.

The movies about WikiLeaks ended up, inevitably, on TPB. The studios behind The Fifth State and  We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks are trying to remove the illegal copies from the torrent site, but perhaps the biggest irony is the fact that Julian Assange appears in these films wearing a TPB T-shirt.

And speaking of movies, do you remember Kirby Ferguson, the maker of Everything is a Remix? Well, he’s back with an extra video about how the iPhone became a reality because of remixing, and a few words about his new upcoming webseries. Check it out:

  • Surveillance

It’s been 3 years since Julian Assange’s detainment started. During this time, many others have taken his example and made the world a bit more transparent.  We are constantly discovering new ways our privacy is violated.

AT&T is accused of doing this by selling phone records to the CIA and moreover, the company rejected its shareholders’ request for a transparency report on its data mining.

Another new discovery was that US domestic authorities are routinely requesting cell tower dumps that give them the possibility to identify every mobile phone in the tower’s range and know its particular location at a given moment of time.

The latest Snowden leak reveals how NSA and GCHQ hacked World of Warcraft, Second LifeXbox Live and other games.

[pull_quote_center]The agencies proposed to use the gaming services as platforms for distributing spyware to suspected terrorists, and to learn about their social connections[/pull_quote_center]

Crazy, but it made sense at the time. Another leak reveals that both intelligence agencies use Google’s ad-tracking cookies to track specific individuals’ online activities. How should Google respond to this revelation? Read on Techdirt!


Nevertheless, it seems that we have reached a “peak of indifference to surveillance”, writes Cory Doctorow for The Guardian, and from now on the number of people who care about this issue will only continue to increaseTwitterFacebookGoogleMicrosoft are just some of the companies that have united in an effort to demand a drastic change of US surveillance laws and “an international ban on bulk collection of data to help preserve the public’s ‘trust in the internet’.

US has launched a new satellite – that is a spying satellite. Its logo has been the talk of the internetz last week.

We’ll leave you in the good company of the Daily Show’s John Stewart mocking Obama’s statements about surveillance. Have a surveillance free weekend!