Last week on the Internet: Netflix-Comcast deal, no fair use in Australia, The Survey Bay, Yahoo users spied by GCHQ, Barret Brown’s new book.

  • Net Neutrality

Last week, I was telling you how Netflix and Google lead the fight for net neutrality. It seems this was not true since Netflix has signed the contract with the devil’s disciple, Comcast, which has big plans for the future. While the Netflix-Comcast deal is bad and threatens innovation, some continue to be optimistic and think that this deal won’t destroy the Internet, or at least not yet! Meanwhile, another ISP, Verizon, thinks it can also get some money from Netflix!

It’s still not late to sign FightForTheFuture petition and save the Internet by demanding net neutrality!

  • Copyright

In Australia, copyright legislators (Brandis) are still resisting to “fair use”, motivating that such a provision…
[pull_quote_center]would legalise many things that most of us assume are already legal, such as ripping a DVD to a tablet, posting a video on YouTube of our baby dancing to the radio, or producing a satirical version of a song.[/pull_quote_center]

Moreover, ISPs are targeted as actors that enable piracy and  they should take some responsibility and issue warnings to their infringing customers. The suggestion is similar to US‘s graduated response system, which turned one year on the 25th of February. According to the program’s director, the scheme seems to efficiently thwart infringement.

without copyIn Canada, a new court ruling can make ISPs to disclose the names of customers who are suspected of piracy, but it establishes safeguarding rules against copyright trolling.

TPB  collaborated with Cybernorms research grup from Lund University for the second time and turned into The Survey Bay. Repeating the survey helps the researchers see “how attitudes and behaviors of Pirate Bay users develop“. The results will be available here.

Rick Falkvinge asks why is the copyright monopoly necessary, anyway? As it turns out it isn’t! So how would the world look like without copyright? Robert Spoo, professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law, tries to answer this question in his book Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain. [pull_quote_center]Without Copyrights cannot tell us what would happen if the title of the book became a global reality. But it does demonstrate that even with a partial removal of intellectual property laws, authors, publishers, and readers can still find mutual benefit while avoiding certain entanglements with government. Copyright’s past offers instructive lessons for those who would like to improve copyright’s future.[/pull_quote_center]

  • Surveillance

UK’s GCHQ spied on 1,8 million Yahoo users, who were not suspected of any wrongdoing through the Optic Nerve surveillance program! Just because! NSA was part of the project as well, helping GCHQ! According to a new Snowden leak, the two organizations have collaborate on another project, aimed at discrediting political and protest groups.

Another leak shows how NSA moved from spying on Angela Merkel to spying on her chief advisors.

Barret Brown, who is facing 105 years in jail without any of us knowing what law he broke, will soon release his book Keep Rootin’ for Putin: Establishment Pundits and the Twilight of American Competence, which “takes down talking heads and argues for the revolutionary potential of the Internet”.

The US Department of Justice released a new motion asking for permission to keep data on billions of U.S. phone calls indefinitely instead of destroying it after five years. What’s next? The government using the same approach in its communication as online retailers?

Till next week, I’ll leave you with a piece of wisdom from Sherlock TV-series