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December 1, 2015

Israel Wants YouTube To Censor Palestinian Videos of Conflict

According to AlterNet, Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely recently met with Google executives to discuss potential censorship of certain YouTube videos. Specifically, videos that the Israeli state deems to “incite violence.”

In a Hebrew-only press release, Hotovely told Maariv that she had attended a meeting with Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO, as well as Google Director of Public Policy, Jennifer Oztzistzki in Mountain View. According to Hotovely, YouTube videos are the cause of children stabbing people on a daily basis. From AlterNet’s translation of the press release:

The attacks daily in Israel are the result of youths and children incited [...]

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November 27, 2015

YouTube Will Pay Up To $1 Million in Legal Fees For Qualifying Users

After a long history of strange gaffes in its copyright claim system, YouTube is finally making moves to support its lifeblood – its independent content creators who, too often for comfort, are subjected to copyright claims that actually violate their rights to fair use.

Or, occasionally, the claims can be even more ridiculous – groups claiming public domain content as theirs and such. The worst case of false copyright claims happened earlier this year, when a video creator’s own work was claimed by Sony after he had licensed it to them.

The automated nature of the system can be blamed for this, but at the same time, it’s hard to envision it being done [...]

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October 31, 2015

Sony Filed Copyright Claim Against Man They Licensed Content From

The arrogance of large corporations is occasionally beyond description. Mitch Martinez created some stock footage and licensed it to Sony Music Entertainment. Then, later, when he uploaded the same footage onto YouTube, he got a copyright notice. About his own content.

The debacle that followed was interesting. Here is the original footage that Martinez posted on YouTube, which Sony tagged as belonging to them and caused the issues:

It wasn’t Sony directly, not exactly. It was Epic Records, which is a division of Sony Music Entertainment. One of their artists, Transviolet, used the footage above as the background for the music video of their song [...]

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September 16, 2015

TLS is Flawed: New TLS Vulnerability Found

TLS is flawed. The decades-old protocol is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks throwing into question the nature of encryption on the world wide web. An Austrian IT firm has prevented a security disaster threatening many popular Internet websites and applications by compiling research on a new vulnerability in the twenty year old cryptographic system.

Austrian researchers from Research Industrial Systems Engineering GmbH (RISE) unveiled last month vulnerabilities found in the TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol at a USENIX WOOT conference. TLS, most commonly known as a wrapper around HTTP as HTTPS, evolved from SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).

The new vulnerability, [...]

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