Anatomy of a Skype hack attack

A few days ago I was hacked for the first time in my life.

I keep telling me that everything is fine, that given the statistics this is nothing to be ashamed of. Even experts get hacked from time to time. It was meant to happen, for someone who spends such a large amount [...]

Are fan translations an infringement of copyright?

Fan subtitles can provide useful additional information

The Swedish police has raided and taken offline Subtexter, a website where users upload and exchange fan-made files that can be used by a media player to provide subtitles to popular movies and shows before their translations have been made available by the rights holders. The action [...]

In the land of the morally blind, the blind lead the way

In the land of the morally blind, the blind lead the way

Earlier this year, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) agreed to hold a special session of its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) to organise a diplomatic conference later in the year in Marrakesh that would discuss a possible Treaty [...]

Desmintiendo el mito de la declaratoria de derechos de autor en Facebook

Translation into Spanish of this article.

He estado viendo diferentes versiones de la siguiente declaración de privacidad en Facebook:

“Hoy día X, haciendo pleno uso de mis facultades mentales y de mi titularidad de esta cuenta en Facebook, declaro, a quien pueda interesar y en particular al administrador de la empresa Facebook, que mis derechos [...]

Privacy is dead, the NSA leaks just alerted us to the fact

Since September 11, 2001, whenever I was visiting or passing through the United States, I have been subjected to more “random” security checks than could ever be expected by chance alone. Similarly, I have come to expect to be stopped by the Immigration officers about 50% of the time. The TSA are also keen [...]

Has Instagram replaced Kodak?

Jobs, blink and they’re gone

I have to admit that I have not read Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?“, but mainstream media seems to be filled with snippets from the book. Often described as a visionary, Lanier has become one of the most prominent and outspoken critics of the digital economy. The most [...]

Fan fiction goes legit

Many years ago I started reading The Wheel of Time fantasy series (yes… I know…) I started with Book 5, which I think is still the best of the franchise, just before it descended into a nightmarish description of clothes, and endless comments on the act of braid pulling. My interest in the series [...]

3D printed gun poses awkward regulatory questions

The Liberator gun

The world is finally waking up to the promises and threats of 3D printing, when a group of people calling themselves Defense Distributed published the plans online to make a 3D printed gun make almost entirely out of plastic, and posted a video of the gun being fired.

3D printing is [...]

Has the UK abolished copyright? Analysis of new orphan work legislation

Please, sir, I want some more copyright protection

Has the UK abolished copyright law with the passing of orphan works legislation? I’ll answer quickly with Betteridge’s Law of Headlines: NO.

However, if you listen to some copyright maximalist outlets, and particularly to the photograph lobby, you would believe that all copyright has been abolished [...]

Building privacy filters against constant surveillance

Do you remember the time when important events were described by journalists, re-enacted by actors, or retold by witnesses? Lucky snapshots were rare, and viral videos and citizen journalism were alien concepts. Now we are increasingly presented with pictures that give us every angle of an explosion, CCTV cameras catching a meteorite, the incredible [...]