Saturday, May 26, 2012

Google Posts Data as to copyright takedown notices

Google has decided to share its insights on copyright abuse amid a loudening outcry for a crackdown against online piracy that media companies have claimed is collectively costing them billions of dollars each year. The backlash inspired a piece of get-tougher legislation SOPA, that had the backing of most major music and move studios. The proposal caused dismay among major internet companies who feared the law would stifle free speech and innovation. The bill was abandoned four months ago after fierce high-tech opposition that included a one-day blackout of popular websites such as Wikipedia and an online petition drive spearheaded by Google.

See Google Data and SMH article

Privacy Inquiries re Google

From The New York Times:
Google Privacy Inquiries Get Little Cooperation

All sorts of private Internet communications were casually scooped up as Google Street View cars photographed the world’s streets.

http://nyti.ms/Kx4aE2

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wrap up - current issues

John will be travelling interstate on Monday, so Carly will be taking his place for the last lecture.

This lecture will focus on current issues, using Facebook as a marketing case study.  Have a look at the following articles to start with:

IPO articles and here

marketing - 10 examples

marketing tips

facebook marketing bible

What are the risks of using social media as a marketing tool?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Online contracting, creating websites

e-commerce
How is contracting online different to other transactions?  
What special regulations are there / should there be to address these differences?
Consider:

Ensuring enforceability of online contracts
Consider the differences between shrink wrap, click wrap and browse wrap agreements.
Where do website terms of use fit it?  Consider some examples and the similarities / differences between them.
What is the impact of the unfair contracts legislation?


Establishing and operating websites
What do you need to be aware of (having regard to previous lectures)?
Australian Government's suggestions

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Copyright lecture

In this lecture we will focus on a number of important copyright decisions in Australia.  However, you should also be familiar with:

Copyright Act, and amending legislation relevant to the Internet - Computer Programs, Digital Agenda, 2004 amendments

Law reform

Australian cases - Kazaa (piracy), MP3s4free (piracy), Fairfax (newspaper headlines), Ice TV (compilations/databases), Telstra (computer generated compilations), iiNet (ISP liability) and TV Now

US cases - Napster, Grokster 

Recent news items - NSW police/Micro Focus, 92 year old pirate

Copyright/licensing bodies - Electronic Frontiers Australia, Creative Commons

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Monday, May 07, 2012

How to Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet

Legal and technology researchers estimate that it would take about a month for Internet users to read the privacy policies of all the Web sites they visit in a year. So in the interest of time, here is the deal: You know that dream where you suddenly realize you’re stark naked? You’re living it whenever you open your browser.
...
“Companies like Google are creating these enormous databases using your personal information,” said Paul Hill, senior consultant with SystemExperts, a network security company in Sudbury, Mass. “They may have the best of intentions now, but who knows what they will look like 20 years from now, and by then it will be too late to take it all back.”
See NY Times

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

info graphic - The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)


A Technical Examination of SOPA and PIPA 
By Spencer Belkofer. LLRX.com, April 29, 2012 
SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA is the Protect IP Act.