TorrentFreak: Australia Targets Google With Tough New Anti-Piracy Law

TorrentFreak: Australia Targets Google With Tough New Anti-Piracy Law. “Australia already has laws to enable the blocking of overseas sites that facilitate piracy but the content industries want more. New legislation unveiled today will give copyright holders new tools to force Google and other search engines to delete search results that link to infringing sites.”

Internet Archive: The Music Modernization Act is now law which means some pre-1972 music goes public

Internet Archive: The Music Modernization Act is now law which means some pre-1972 music goes public. “One portion of the MMA makes older sound recordings published before 1972 more available to the public. It expands an obscure provision of the library exception to US Copyright Law, Section 108(h), to apply to all pre-72 recordings. Unfortunately 108(h) is notoriously hard to implement. But, as we understand it, the MMA means that libraries can make some of these older recordings freely available to the public as long as we do a reasonable search to determine that they are not commercially available.”

Exclusive: Vietnam cyber law set for tough enforcement despite Google, Facebook pleas (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Vietnam cyber law set for tough enforcement despite Google, Facebook pleas. “Vietnam is preparing to strictly enforce a new cybersecurity law requiring global technology companies to set up local offices and store data locally despite pleas from Facebook, Google and other firms, a government document showed.”

Engadget: California bans default passwords on any internet-connected device

Engadget: California bans default passwords on any internet-connected device. “In less than two years, anything that can connect to the internet will come with a unique password — that is, if it’s produced or sold in California. The ‘Information Privacy: Connected Devices’ bill that comes into effect on January 1, 2020, effectively bans pre-installed and hard-coded default passwords. It only took the authorities about two weeks to approve the proposal made by the state senate.”

Quartz: Laws helped kill indigenous languages. Can they also save them?

Quartz: Laws helped kill indigenous languages. Can they also save them?. “There are approximately 6,000 spoken languages on Earth, according to UNESCO, and 43% of them are endangered. In other words, almost half the means of communication for specific cultural or social groups are at risk of extinction. In several instances, there are fewer than 10 speakers of some languages remaining. Many governments are using legislation to combat this, but laws alone may not be the most effective tool. Ironically, laws are also what drove many indigenous languages to the imperiled state they are in today.”

Techdirt: Compromise Music Modernization Act Will Bring Old Sound Recordings into The Public Domain, Tiptoe Towards Orphan Works Solution

Techdirt: Compromise Music Modernization Act Will Bring Old Sound Recordings into The Public Domain, Tiptoe Towards Orphan Works Solution. “Over in the House, the CLASSICS Act was unfortunately merged with a separate bill, the Music Modernization Act (which is mostly uncontroversial) and voted through unanimously. However, it hit a stumbling block in the Senate — leading to negotiations to create a compromise between Wyden’s ACCESS Act and the original CLASSICS Act. That compromise has now been released and… it’s actually fairly decent. To be clear, this is not how anyone would draw up copyright law from scratch, and there are still bits and pieces that concern me in the bill. But compared to where we were with the CLASSICS Act, this is a pretty big improvement.”

Pakistan Today: Punjab govt launches first online database of laws in Pakistan

Pakistan Today: Punjab govt launches first online database of laws in Pakistan. “In a commendable move, the Punjab government has launched the first online database of laws in Pakistan which is accessible to all the internet users. The database, which is available on the official website of the Punjab Assembly, features all the laws of Punjab. In total, the online database features a total of 570 laws passed by the Punjab government since 1860, the details of which are also accessible to the users.”