EFF: Don’t Write Copyright Law in Secret. “The USMCA is just the latest example: when copyright terms are negotiated in private, multinational agreements, it tends to favor the interests of large media companies. Countries should decide their own copyright laws by inclusive, democratic processes, not through secret negotiations. Those copyright law expansions bring real threats to human rights in the countries where the United States exports them. In 2011, Colombian graduate student Diego Gomez shared another student’s Master’s thesis with colleagues over the Internet, sparking a six-year legal battle that could have put him in prison for years.”
Techdirt: Losing Streak Continues For Litigants Suing Social Media Companies Over Violence Committed By Terrorists. “According to Eric Goldman’s count (and he would know), this is the 12th ridiculous ‘blame Twitter for terrorism’ lawsuit to be tossed by a federal court. The dubious legal theory — one so dubious it has yet to find any judicial takers — is that Twitter and other social media platforms ‘allow’ terrorists to converse and radicalize and do other terrorist things. What no one has successfully alleged is that Twitter, Facebook, etc. are directly or indirectly responsible for terrorist attacks.”
The Guardian: Apple and Google named in US lawsuit over Congolese child cobalt mining deaths. “A landmark legal case has been launched against the world’s largest tech companies by Congolese families who say their children were killed or maimed while mining for cobalt used to power smartphones, laptops and electric cars, the Guardian can reveal.” This is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, not the Republic of the Congo.
CanIndia: SC: Intermediaries like Google can’t claim protection from defamation. “The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that intermediaries like Google cannot claim any protection for publishing defamatory content online prior to the 2009 amendment to Section 79 of the Information Technology (IT) Act. The apex court has asked Google to face trial.” Just to make clear, this is India’s Supreme Court.
BBC: Facebook bows to Singapore’s ‘fake news’ law with post ‘correction’. “Facebook has added a correction notice to a post that Singapore’s government said contained false information. It is the first time Facebook has issued such a notice under the city-state’s controversial ‘fake news’ law.”
Cartoon Brew: A New Youtube Rule Is Threatening Animation Content Creators. Here’s What You Need To Know About COPPA.. “In the past week, social media has been abuzz with talk about ‘COPPA,’ a law with potentially huge ramifications for Youtubers who create kids’ content — and indeed animators in general. Here’s what we know.”
TorrentFreak: French Court Orders ISPs to Block Torrent Sites and File-Hosters. “A Paris court has ordered five French Internet providers to block access to thirteen websites that link to pirated content. While pirate site blockades are nothing new, this is the first European court order that targets file-hosting services. The order, which also affects torrent sites, was issued following a complaint from the local anti-piracy group SCPP.”