For years now, the broadband industry has worked tirelessly to villainize Netflix, painting the company as a bandwidth glutton, hungrily eating "more than its fair share" of Internet traffic resources. A growing assortment of fauxademics, editorial writers, consultants, revolving door regulators and other telecom sector PR tendrils have relentlessly tried to argue that Netflix is a dirty freeloader and a nasty company that is really the one to blame for most of the Internet's problems.
Hillary Clinton apologizes for private email server...
Article by Maggie Haberman for The New York Times
Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized Tuesday for using a private email server while she was secretary of state, calling it a “mistake” – uttering words that many of her allies had wanted to hear from her in hopes that they would quell the controversy that has dogged her presidential candidacy for weeks.
Article by Jacob Kastrenake for The Verge
OpenMedia together with other digital rights groups stood up for free speech and transparency against Twitter's Politwoops ban.
Article by Sam Byford for The Verge
Rights groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access, Free Press, and Human Rights Watch have joined in opposition to Twitter's recent crackdown on Politwoops, a network of sites that archived deleted tweets from politicians worldwide. In an open letter, the coalition says Twitter's ban "holds grave consequences for free expression and transparency around the world."
TPP's copyright provisions will diminish the value of a rich public domain and enact regulations that will dismantle our online freedoms. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net
Article by David Post for the Washington Post
The extent to which our international obligations interact with — and may sometimes override — domestic law is a pretty fascinating one, and is, for any number of pretty obvious reasons, increasingly in the news. Here’s a rather small footnote to the very large controversy over the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty, involving a narrow (but actually quite important) bit of U.S. copyright law, that nicely illustrates how complicated these questions can be — a synecdoche, as it were.
Copyright trolls taking it all the way to the Vatican.
Article by TechDirt
The previous pope, Benedict XVI a few years ago made some waves by suggesting that intellectual property had gone too far, saying:
On the part of rich countries there is excessive zeal for protecting knowledge through an unduly rigid assertion of the right to intellectual property...
The current Pope may now be at the center of a copyright dispute as well. Apparently, Pope Francis is heading to the US in a few weeks. And, as a part of this, apparently someone asked Philadelphia pop artist Perry Milou to create an "official" portrait of the Pope for his tour. And he did: