What am I reading today? 8 May 2016

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What am I reading today?

Some of the technology and intellectual property law highlights from the past 2 weeks or so:

  • Australians will be able to register domain names in the .AU top-level domain
  • The Australian government announced a new “Cyber Minister” as part of its cyberstrategy package
  • The Productivity Commission (Australia) has recommended that the Government clarify that circumventing geoblocks is not copyright infringement, and that patent awards should be more restricted.
  • Canada’s Privacy Commissioner will investigate the RCMP’s use of “stringrays” and other mobile surveillance devices
  • The US House of Reps unanimously passed the Email Privacy Bill. If the bill becomes law, US federal agencies would need to get a warrant before searching cloud-stored emails older than 180 days. But it would not require the agency to tell users when they request stored data from a service provider. The bill must still pass the US Senate before it becomes law.

Technology news & policy

auDA to introduce .au direct registrations
Australia to get Cyber Minister as part of AU$240m cyber package

Intellectual Property

Productivity Commission: Rebalance Australia’s IP system
Geoblocking is not copyright infringement: Productivity Commission

Privacy

Privacy commissioner will investigate whether RCMP uses mobile surveillance devices

Law Practice

100 Innovations in Law

Technology law

MsLods' Law + tech news round-up 26 April