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Iran Rolls Out “National Internet”

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Iran recently announced the completion of phase one in its plan to operate a “national Internet.” The ultimate goal is the creation of a national network isolated from the rest of the Internet. Currently, Iran blocks access to foreign social media, but Iranian residents are able to circumvent current blocking measures through the use of proxies and VPNs. The Iranian ... Read More »

EU Proposal Would Require Content Hosts to Make Deals With the Music Industry

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The European Commission is considering a proposal which would force platforms like YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion to make better deals with the music industry. Record labels and artists claim there is a “value gap” between the royalties paid by advertisement supported platforms and those paid by subscription based services. Rights holders point to platforms like Spotify as generating more revenue for ... Read More »

EU Proposal Would Force Aggregators to Pay Royalties on Snippets

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The European Commission is considering a proposal which would give news publications the right to demand royalties from aggregators if they use short snippets from articles. The proposal is still being considered internally, and the full details have not yet been revealed to the public. Some news outlets, like the Wall Street Journal, were able to view a draft proposal ... Read More »

French Law Requires Search Engines to Pay Royalties to Index Images

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The Disruptive Competition Project(DisCo) has discovered a provision in a French law which requires search engines to pay royalties for the images they index. Although the Freedom of Creation Act was passed in late June, this particular provision in the law hasn’t received much attention until now. Under the provisions of the law, whenever a visual work is published online, ... Read More »

Canadian Police Want Law Forcing Suspects to Turn Over Passwords

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Law enforcement and politicians around the world have been pushing for legislation to fight back against encryption. Police consider it a road block that prevents them from obtaining evidence against criminals. While the most common proposal is to force tech companies to cripple their own encryption with backdoors, Canadian police have come up with a different proposal to deal with ... Read More »

Startup Algorithmically Predicts Your Lawsuit’s Chance of Success

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A startup called Legalist plans to make money by using data analysis in the field of litigation. Co-founded by two Harvard Undergrads, Eva Shang and Christian Haigh, Legalist will fund your lawsuit in exchange for a cut of any money that is awarded, but only if they think you have a chance of winning. Their algorithm analyzes tens of millions of ... Read More »

Joint French-German Proposal Calls For Encryption Backdoors

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Earlier in the month, we reported that the French Minister of Interior Bernard Cazeneuve wanted an initiative against encrypted messaging apps. At the time Cazeneuve did not reveal the details of his proposal, but it was known he was planning to meet with German Minister of Interior Thomas de Maizière to discuss the matter. Now the two ministers have called ... Read More »

CloudFlare Sued For Doing Business With Pirate Sites

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CloudFlare is a major CDN provider, well-known for its security features, including protection from DDOS attacks. However, the company has increasingly come under fire from rights holders for providing its services to pirate sites. A month ago, the Digital Citizens Alliance published a report criticizing CloudFlare for doing business with sites that hosting infringing content. However, the adult entertainment publisher ... Read More »