Last week on the Internet: access to knowledge in Peru, mobile apps piracy, Obama to limit NSA bulk metadata collection, MIT creates “PRISM-proof” system.

  • Copyright

This week’s Short Copy is about access to knowledge, whether to cultural artifacts people in poor countries wouldn’t otherwise have access to, or to personal details of infringers. The cards are on the table, we only have to choose which side we are on.

So, let me start by presenting you the music and movie industries new pirate enemies and “moral panics“: the smartphone and the music mobile apps! Moreover, the music industry is demanding access to personal details of pirating YouTube users. Furthermore, an MPAA affiliated anti-piracy group is claiming that releasing Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac on iTunes first boosted piracy. But the same “motion picture industry continues to stagger under piracy with mere record-breaking income“.

New changes in the UK‘s copyright law givepeople the right to use a work for parody, pastiche and caricature, and the right to copy work for text and data analysis for non-commercial research“. So, CD and DVD ripping will be legalized this summer. Copyright trolls invaded Finland and Italian artists are backing up the country’s law on piracy tax on all blank storage devices. In Russia, Putin realized that blocking pirate site is not a good strategy, although it was supposed to be the toughest anti-piracy regime! According to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), piracy is “is the second-largest source of income for criminal organizations, according to the UNODC, behind narc-trafficking, which is worth US$320 billion annually.” The EU Court of Justice ruled that ISPs can be legally forced requested to block websites infringing copyright.

To close the copyright section, here are some wisdom words from a Peruvian bootlegger and a short movie about piracy in Peru.

[pull_quote_center]Good cinema is culture, but all kind of knowledge is good and it’s important to have access to knowledge. […] Knowledge is made to be shared and spread, not just kept by the elites. When the elites have the monopoly of knowledge, it gets corrupted. When the regular consumer in a third world country, with an emerging market and a thirst for knowledge can’t access it. It’s a power struggle between the ones who have access and those who don’t. So at the end of the day I am a promoter of culture. That’s the idea, to spread culture and democratize knowledge.[/pull_quote_center]

  •  Surveillance

NSA withheld documents from the intelligence committee, which is responsible with overseeing the agency’s activity. Now, the committee – which one might have thought was one the good side – is trying to limit NSA’s collecting activities, while at the same time “eliminating the government’s need to seek a warrant or court order to run a phone number for hits“. Fortunately, it seems that Obama finally wants to kill NSA’s bulk data collection and can do it quickly. However, according to the bill the president is proposing, the data will remain with the telecom operators and the agency would still have access to it. Luckily, MIT created a system to encrypt websites and make them “PRISM-proof“.

On this week’s crazy talk category, we have: a former Obama official who declared that free speech has a dark side and hurts “public civility” and “democratic self-government”; Senator McCain who says Snowden is working for Putin; Rep. Mike Rogers who claims that the whistleblower is to blame fro Russia’s maneuvers in Crimea and that bulk data collection is actually vital; former NSA boss Michael Hayden who believes that Snowden leaks are the ones that will splinter the Internet, rather than NSA’s actions.

See you next week!

Cover  image is a derivative of Pirate Riley. Aaarhh Me Hearties! by peasap (CC-BY).