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Porn Site block protests against forced-condom law in California

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Californian’s attempting to access some of the world’s most popular pornographic websites this week will have found it a little harder than normal. In protest of Proposition 60, which would make it mandatory for porn performers to wear condoms during shooting, a number of sites blocked Californians from viewing any …

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Zuckerberg attacked for Facebook censoring Vietnam war image

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Mark Zuckerberg has been attacked by a Norwegian newspaper and many international commenters, for what many people see as outright censorship of an iconic photo from the Vietnam war. He has been accused of abusing his power and making Facebook limit freedoms with its aggressive editing of certain images. Perhaps the …

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Apple’s iBooks and iTunes Movies stores shut down in China

Apple has found itself unable to sell both ebooks and films over in China, after a government regulator took issue with the iBooks and iTunes movie stores. Right now, it is being reported that China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television is behind the block on two …

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German court: Youtube not liable for user uploads

A German court has just made it harder for copyright lobbyists to sue content platforms for what their users post, after it ruled that Youtube was not responsible for the content published on its site by its members. It reinforced that by stating that this was the case even if …

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China’s new digital security laws could increase censorship

A new draft law being considered by Chinese parliament could increase the censorship of its internet even more, making information harder for average citizens – without the knowledge of proxies – to access. It’s raising concerns among international businesses operating in the region too, as they would need to comply …

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UK ISPs ordered to block Popcorn Time

The Motion Picture Association has been doing a solid job of getting piracy sites banned in the UK, with the high court already ordering the likes of BT, Virgin and Sky to block access to many sites, including PrimeWire, KickAss Torrents, The Pirate Bay and ISO Hunt. Now, the UK …

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WordPress beats homophobic group in copyright battle

Phony DMCA takedowns have been a staple of anti-piracy lobby groups for years, the debate often being not whether they did it, but whether it was their fault or the over-zealous reporting of their automated takedown tools. Even in the case of clear unjust use of the law however, it’s rare …

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Swedish ISP continues to refuse Pirate Bay block

Even though it barely seems to be operational these days, The Pirate Bay is the most iconic torrent search site in the world and is frequently cited by media lobby groups as a URL that ISPs should block – often with the courts backing that decision. While some ISPs might …

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Russia may be set to ban VPN and TOR usage

In a move that sounds an awful lot like David Cameron’s recent announcement that he would go after effective encryption standards in the event of his re-election, a member of parliament in Putin’s government is pushing for a ban on VPN and TOR access, in an attempt to stop people …

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Katie Hopkins tweets gain police attention for ‘offence’

Britain’s favourite hate figure and Sun columnist, Katie Hopkins, is once again under fire for comments made on Twitter. This time around though she’s garnered police attention after over 7,000 people signed a petition demanding that the authorities take action for her “racist” and “offensive” tweets. Hopkins is a semi-regular …

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Google closes Russian office

Google is set to shut down its Russian office, presumably due to growing restrictions on the internet freedom in the country, including a new law which is due to go in to effect next year targeting foreign web companies. Authorities say that the law will improve data protection but it …

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UK government continues to crack down on porn sales

Showing just how out of touch it is with the state of pornography, the British government is set to further limit how it can be sold in the UK, with new legislation set to come into play on the 1st December. It’s called the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 act and …

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Google asked to remove 1 million piracy links per day

It turns out that Google is currently receiving and processing an all time high of one million piracy link removal requests per day, proving that copyright holders and media lobby groups just don’t give up. The media Industry’s new tactic is to simply overload Google with DMCA takedown requests, all …

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Dear Mr Cameron: We don’t want porn filters

Dear Mr Cameron, Since you seem to have ignored my much more informal efforts to get you to change your mind over your plans to filter and censor British internet in the name of saving children from the evils of pornography, I thought I’d try a more formal tactic; so I …

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Pirate Bay traffic has doubled despite ISP blocks

Certain Internet providers around the world have been ordered to block The Pirate Bay in some countries and so far, media groups have claimed that these blocks are effective and sufficient enough to deter piracy. However, new statistics are suggesting otherwise as it turns out that TPB’s traffic has doubled since …

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Pirate Bay censoring continues in France

The Pirate Bay is one of those dogs that not matter how many times you kick it, it just won’t stay down. Despite its owners being in jail, its servers raided at times and massive studio funded lobby groups the world over gunning to take it down, it’s still alive …

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British government wants to sanitise the web

The British government and specifically it’s glorious leader, David Cameron, have shown quite a penchant for internet censorship, whether it’s the insistent DNS block orders being handed out by the High Court like it’s giving away free drink coupons, or Cameron’s personal infatuation with porn (filtering). However it’s pushing us …

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