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This week on the Internet: Viacom & Google lawsuit, Snowden @ TED, Pirate Party conference, European net neutrality law criticized

  • Copyright

7 years ago, Viacom sued Youtube for allowing its users to upload copyrighted content like movies and television shows. Now, after years of litigation, Viacom & Google lawsuit, who owns Youtube, has finally ended. The two companies reached an agreement and settled the dispute, but further details about the settlement have not been disclosed. However, you can still find infringing content on Youtube, because Google refuses to take down pirate-movies-on-Youtube sites, for example, MovieFork.

The largest international conference in Pirate History was held last week in Brussels, European Internet Governance and Beyond. The most important outcome: the founding of the European Pirate Party. Moreover, the new party picked Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde as candidate for the European Commission presidency.

For the past weeks, US lawmakers discussed about the reform of the copyright law, especially the DMCA, which everyone hates. However, it seems that nothing is going to change this year. Moreover, some representatives, like Jerry Nadler, still believe that [pull_quote_center]The ‘you bought it, you own it’ principle is an extreme digital view and I don’t think it will get much traction.[/pull_quote_center]

Or, like a Copyright Alliance representative stated about the activity of Chilling Effects, which is “monitoring the legal climate for Internet activity“:

[pull_quote_center]The activities of chillingeffects.org are repugnant to the purposes of Section 512. Data collected […]  demonstrate that the overwhelming majority of DMCA notices sent are legitimate, yet the site unfairly maligns artists and creators using the legal process created by Section 512 as proponents of censorship. Moreover, by publishing the personal contact information of the creators sending notices […], it subjects creators to harassment and personal attacks for seeking to exercise their legal rights. Finally, because the site does not redact information about the infringing URLs identified in the notices, it has effectively become the largest repository of URLs hosting infringing content on the internet.[/pull_quote_center]

  • Surveillance

After talking at SXSW, Edward Snowden made his appearance in front of a TED public, as well, via a chatbot and met Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who called Snowden a hero.

The NSA was also invited to weigh in their view, which seemed pretty inconsistent, raging from Snowden showsamazing arrogance that he knows better than the framework of the constitution” to there is always room to discuss his amnesty. In other statements the agency made the last week, it claims that US tech firms knew about PRISM data surveillance.

Latest two Snowden leaks reveal NSA’s strategy to “hunt sysadmins” and that the agency stores ALL phone calls made to and from an unindentified (yet!) country. On top of this, a new study shows how revealing metadata is.

We haven’t heard anything about the French spy agency DGSE until now, but when we do the news are quite big: it has been secretly collaborating for years with the French telecom operator Orange, who gave the agency total access to their data.

  • Net Neutrality

Europe‘s net neutrality law was voted on earlier this week, but the text is being harshly criticized by EDRi (European Digital Rights) as being [pull_quote_center]confused, misleading and contradictory. The outcome is more loophole than law, a cynical exercise that talks about outlawing discrimination while effectively permitting it.[/pull_quote_center]

The law seems to let ISPs charge for Internet “fast lane“, similar to the US ComcastNetflix case.

BONUS: Reporters without Borders has released the 2014 report on Enemies of the Internet.