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This Christmas on the Internet: Snowden’s Christmas message, Iron Maiden putting piracy to good use, RedTube users safe from copyright trolls.

Surely the biggest news for most of us this week was Santa! Copy-me wishes you all a perfect copy of a Merry Christmas and a surveillance, corporate-free Internet!

  • Surveillance

Let’s start with the most ridiculous plotline: NSA intercepted the letters children sent to Santa.

Then, read an overview of Edward Snowden’s activity from the last six months and an “Alternative Christmas Message” he broadcasted to the world. Moreover, he recently said that: [pull_quote_center]“I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA. I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don’t realize it.”[/pull_quote_center]

However, if he returned to the States for a trial all evidence in his defense would probably be considered invalid. Even more, several former CIA officials have stated that Snowden should be hanged!

Meanwhile, there is a lack of evidence that bulk surveillance actually stops terrorists; also, a famous researcher has canceled his speech at an RSA security conference in protest against the NSA; and despite Snowden’s leaks, NSA activity is still seen as important for US operations.

  • Copyright

Youtube, in collaboration with three of the biggest music publishers in the world, is trying to ruin one creator’s Christmas by accusing him of copyright infringement for a fair use and public domain video he made this month. Moreover, Youtube’s new Content ID policy system is still causing trouble which the company seems to ignore.

Illustration taken from FanPop
Illustration taken from FanPop

On the bright side, legendary rock band Iron Maiden has been putting piracy to good use. Based on the data available, they found the areas where their music was downloaded most often and planned a concert tour based on those exact areas!

Recently, RedTube users had had some trouble with copyright trolls, who had sent them fines for simply watching videos on RedTube. Fortunately, Santa was on the users’ side and the site managed to  obtain an injunction to stop the trolls from sending more threats and fines.

Other news from copyright-land: the US government wants to digitize its vast public domain archive, but in doing so it lets a private company license the content; in Canada, new copyright rules may make Internet more expensive; WIPO’s (World Intellectual Property Organization) copyright committee is discussing a new broadcast treaty; a new study on the use of trademarks, copyrights and patents in American businesses shows that “overall, most businesses don’t rate these protections as a significant factor in their success”; and last but not least, two recommended reads for these lazy days:  the first is Google’s Transparency Report and the second is a special read for all the marketeers out there: understanding copyright law in the age of content marketing.