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Submission + - Full Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Intellectual Property Chapter Analyzed ( 1

Dangerous_Minds writes: Freezenet seems to be the first website to publish a full rundown of the final draft of the Intellectual Property chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The leak was published on Wikileaks earlier. The analysis seems to confirm what the EFF has said, saying that the chapter "confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes the few hopes that we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn't survive to the end of the negotiations." The analysis focuses mainly on copyright enforcement on the Internet and the impact the chapter would have on personal devices, VPN services, and ISPs. One noteworthy find by Freezenet is the inclusion of a "TPP Commission" which would decide when different countries are supposed to meet outside of the 10 year cycle discussing "market circumstances" of "the development of new pharmaceutical products". What other roles the TPP Commission takes on is unclear given that it is not mentioned anywhere else in the chapter.

Submission + - Reactions Split on What Canada's Liberal Majority Means for Tech Policy Future (

Dangerous_Minds writes: Few could have predicted the Liberal majority win in Canada's recent election. Now that the Canadian government is in a state of transition, some have speculated what the new government will bring to the table when it comes to a policy on technology. Michael Geist is speculating that the people in the new Liberal government may bring about a positive policy change, concluding "All of this points to real change and the chance for a fresh start on Canadian digital policy in the years ahead." Meanwhile, Freezenet has a very different take. Drew Wilson points out that the last time the Liberal government was in power, the party was very combative on digital rights because they were trying to bring in Lawful Access and the Canadian DMCA before Stephen Harper took power. In one very infamous exchange, Sam Bulte lashed out at people like Michael Geist by calling him and his supporters "pro-user zealots". With digital rights not even on the radar during the election outside of Bill C-51 towards the beginning and the Liberals long history on these files, Wilson paints a very bleak future given that the Liberal party now has a majority government and can push through policies unopposed whether controversial or not.

Submission + - Provisions Found in the TPP, CETA, and TiSA Trade Agreements (

Dangerous_Minds writes: From time to time, the topic of a trade agreement appears in the news. While proponents suggest that these trade agreements are significant to increasing economic prosperity, very few ever go into much detail of what is in these agreements. Freezenet is offering an update to known provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and the Trades in Services Agreement (TiSA). Among the findings are provisions permitting a three strikes law and site blocking, multiple anti-circumvention laws, ISP liability, the search and seizure of personal devices to enforce copyright at the border, and an open door for ISP level surveillance. Freezenet also offers a brief summery of what was found while admitting that provisions found in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as it relates to digital rights remains elusive for the time being.

Comment Re:The Alternative? (Score 1) 307

For one, that presumes that the content being posted is funny cat photo's which is definitely not the case for all websites out there. For another "get a real fucking job" implies that there are real jobs left to be had in this day and age. For a lot of people out there now, this simply isn't attainable anymore in any practical sense. Even if foolhardy, it's not out of the question that some people feel they can try and make something out of becoming a webmaster when their skill set just happens to be suited for that.

Comment The Alternative? (Score 1) 307

More of a natural followup to this. If you were a new web admin, what should be done with revenue streams? Some ads definitely cross the line like with light boxes and otherwise obstructing the website. Others are simply text-based ads that don't seem that bad. Sure, ads are the pits. No one likes them. Still, are they also a necessary evil?

Submission + - Canadian Government Steps in to Stop Misleading Infringement Notices (

Dangerous_Minds writes: Recently, misleading notices were spotted being sent out by Rightscorp. Michael Geist posted the letter which, among other things, cites US laws, the Canadians could be on the hook for $150,000 (does not actually exist in the recent copyright reforms now in force) and that payments should be made directly to the company. Apparently, the Canadian government was not amused and has announced that they will be speaking with rightsholders and ISPs to address the concerns that were raised. The government says, "These notices are misleading and companies cannot use them to demand money from Canadians"

Submission + - Netflix Denies There Was a Policy Change With VPNs (

Dangerous_Minds writes: The other day, Slashdot linked to a TorrentFreak story saying that Netflix was cracking down on VPN users. Freezenet is pointing to a report from PCMag that quotes a Netflix spokesperson saying that there was no change in their policy on VPNs. Freezenet also did some digging around and found very few reports saying there were VPN access issues and even more reports from users say that their VPN solution is working for the time being.

Submission + - Sony Sends DMCA Notices Against Users Spreading Leaked e-Mails (

Dangerous_Minds writes: Last week, Sony threatened legal action against users spreading leaked information obtained through the e-mails that were leaked as a result of the Sony hack. Freezenet is now pointing to an Arstechnica article saying that Sony has begun carrying through with those threats. Twitter, after resisting demands that a user account be suspended for publishing leaked e-mails, has received a DMCA notice saying that the e-mails are, weirdly enough, copyrighted. Freezenet notes that other media outlets have been publishing the leaked information and wonders if Sony would begin targeting other outlets for similarly publishing leaked information online. Citing Wikileaks as an example of previously leaked information, if Sony were to target others, it is unlikely that the information will ever be fully removed, but it won't likely be without casualties that the information remains online.

Submission + - Australia Considers Internet Censorship to Slow File-Sharing (

Dangerous_Minds writes: Freezenet is reporting that the Australian government is considering web filtering to combat copyright infringement. The idea is that alleged file-sharing websites would be blocked to would-be file-sharers. Freezenet notes that all this is happening in the wake of a recent incident of overblocking in the UK which saw the Chaos Computing Club blocked by porn filters and suggests that things won't likely be any better in Australia should such a mechanism be implemented.

Submission + - API Outage Temporarily Takes Down Anti-Spam Filter Akismet (

Dangerous_Minds writes: When it comes to fighting spam on WordPress sites, many users turn to the Akismet comment spam filter plugin. However, recently, many users who use the plug-in are getting notices that there was an API issue that has prevented the plug-in from filtering spam comments. In spite of everything telling users Akismet is working properly, spam comments are not being filtered. What is going on? Akismet is reporting that they are having outages back on the 25th on their end for some users, "There was a sudden surge in spam traffic, on top of spam volumes that were already unusually high. One of our data centers began dropping some API calls, and responding slowly to others. Our systems team routed all traffic to another data center, and after a few minutes the load was stabilised." Today, Akismet is saying, "There was an API outage on November 28th. A switch failure led to cascading problems that took approximately 40 minutes to stabilize."

Submission + - Multiple Analysis' of Recently Leaked IP Chapter of the TPP Emerge (

Dangerous_Minds writes: Recently, Wikileaks leaked a recent version of the Intellectual Property Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). People are beginning to publish full analysis of the chapter. Drew Wilson of posted that the TPP would, among other things, create a global three strikes law, resurrect the INDUCE Act, and create a Global DMCA. Michael Geist has also published his observations agreeing that termination of individual accounts is in there along with copyright term extensions.

Submission + - GIMP Abandons SourceForge. Distributes via FTP Instead (

Dangerous_Minds writes: GIMP, a free and open source altenernative to image manipulation software like Photoshop, recently announced that it will no longer be distributing their program through SourceForge. Citing some of the ads as reasons, they say that the tipping point was "the introduction of their own SourceForge Installer software, which bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge." The policy changes were reported back in August by Gluster. GIMP is now distributing their software via their own FTP page instead. Is Sourceforge becoming the next CNET?

Submission + - The Pirate Bay Experiences Downtime (

Dangerous_Minds writes: It appears that BitTorrent website The Pirate Bay is experiencing some downtime. ZeroPaid notes that users who attempt to access the site see a "Could not connect to caching server 00" error message. Drew Wilson says that it's unlikely that a raid has occurred and that it couldn't be a DNS problem as users can access enough of the site to receive the error message. Still, details are sparse as to the precise problem of the site at this point in time.

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