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Oracle Loses Java 'Fair Use' Case Against Google, Again

The software development community can breathe a small sigh of relief; the legal stoush between Oracle and Google over the Android operating system’s use of Java application programming interfaces (APIs) is pretty much over after the US courts sided with Google, yet again. The ruling is a huge step in confirming that APIs are protected by “fair use” under the copyright law. Here’s some more background and details on the latest court decision.


Encryption Explained For The Less Tech Savvy

Encryption and how you control data your is a hot topic right now, but understanding encryption and how it relates to your personal data is confusing. YouTuber CGP Grey explains encryption, as well as some of the issues up for debate right now, as simply as possible.


What You Should Know About US Congress' Latest Attempt To Criminalise Encryption

A new draft bill in US Congress will force tech companies to undermine or break their own security features and encryption any time law enforcement asks them to. Sound terrible? It is. Here’s what the bill says.


Is It Legal To Hit An Illegally Parked Vehicle?

On the weekend, my motorcycle was knocked over. Over a ledge, actually. The lady that hit my bike claimed that it wasn’t her fault since my motorcycle shouldn’t be parked where it was in the first place. It was an unmarked spot, yes, but there were no signs that told me I shouldn’t be parked there. This leads to a broader question: Is it legal to hit an illegally parked car? Let’s find out.


Usable Privacy Shows You What Privacy Policies Actually Mean, In Plain English

Privacy policies are notoriously dense and written in legalese — mostly to protect the company behind them — but Usable Privacy wants to distil them into something you can actually read and understand. Just give the service a URL, and if the privacy policy is available, it will break it down into segments and clean it up so you can read it.


Report: Copyright Owners Abandon Australian 'Three Strikes' Piracy Code

Copyright content owners have been pushing for an industry code that would require Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to send warning notices to subscribers suspected of illegal downloading. This code has now been canned, according to a report. The reason? It would cost too much to implement. Here’s what you need to know.


GoPro On Motorcycle Helmets Confirmed As Legal In Court

Last year, Max Lichtenbaum in Victoria was fined by the police for having a GoPro camera attached to his motorcycle helmet. He took the matter to the Victorian County Court which led to questions around the legality of consumers putting attachments on their helmets. The landmark case has been going back and forth for some time but now motorcyclists and cyclist finally have some clarity over this part of the law.


It's Over: Dallas Buyers Club Gives Up On iiNet Piracy Court Case

The rights owners of the Dallas Buyers Club film have finally thrown in the towel on its piracy court case against ISP iiNet. Dallas Buyers Club LLC (DBC LLC) launched legal action against iiNet and several smaller ISPs in late 2014 to acquire details on their subscribers that were suspected of illegally downloading the movie. The rights holders eventually lost the court case but had the right to appealed. Now the court battle is officially over.


Is It Legal To Name And Shame Suspected Shoplifters?

Some retail stores have a so-called “Wall of Shame” featuring pictures of people who have been caught on CCTV allegedly stealing inside the shop. “Serves those losers right for stealing,” you might have thought to yourself, and internally praised the business owners for taking action against those criminals. But is it legal to display pictures of suspected thieves?


Why We Need A Legal Definition Of Artificial Intelligence

When we talk about artificial intelligence (AI) — which we have done lot recently — what do we actually mean? AI experts and philosophers are beavering away on the issue. But having a usable definition of AI – and soon — is vital for regulation and governance because laws and policies simply will not operate without one.


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