Editors' Picks (25/1/15)

1. The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence, Tim Urban, Wait But Why.

2. Searching for Sex, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, The New York Times.

3. How an Internet trolling victim bonded with her worst troll, Sam Machkovech, ARSTechnica.

4. Facebook’s impact on Indian economy pegged at $4 billion, Yuthika Bhargava, The Hindu.

5. China Cracks Down On VPN Services After Censorship System ‘Upgrade’, Jon Russel, TechCrunch.

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The Curious Case of Academic Journals

One of the prominent ways of ‘decorating’ our Curriculum Vitae (CV) is lacing it up with published research papers or articles in renowned academic journals. Not just students, but also teachers, scientists and academicians prefer submitting their works to noteworthy journals of their respective academic disciplines. In cases of public-funded research, the journals get the research almost free of cost, but they charge exorbitant amounts in giving access to these academic articles. Elsevier, the biggest academic journal publisher, made a profit of $1.2 billion on revenues of £2.1 billion in 2011. Yes, it does make Murdoch look like a socialist! In this blog post, I will discuss two possible solutions to this significant problem, first, getting rid of the system of journals altogether and secondly, open access journals along with their pros and cons.

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Spotify v. "Music"?

[SpicyIP Cross-post] The Fault in our Intermediary Liability Laws

This post was first published on SpicyIP here.

Over the course of 2014, we have seen a multitude of blocking orders pass through the hallowed walls of our courts. Some of the most curious things about these orders are that they were, mostly, ex-parte, John Doe orders, aimed at websites rather than specific content, and the cause of actions was that infringement was ‘likely’ to occur. I’m going to be dealing with the last two of the issues in detail, while the first issue has already been dealt with by Prof. Shamnad Basheer here.

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[SpicyIP Cross-post] Online Piracy – The Way Forward?

This post was first published on SpicyIP here. Image Source: https://flic.kr/p/BXwqH.

One of the greatest issues that the Old Guard of the media production realm has had with the Internet is the copyright infringement that it facilitates. As such, there have been multiple attempts at restricting the internet to protect copyright in various ways, the most notable international examples of which are the DMCA, SOPA and PIPA, MPAA’s structured siege against Google, the essentially pointless litigation against Pirate Bay, and the story of Aaron Swartz. The Indian examples include litigation on Section 81 of the Information Technology Act, and thespate of troubling orders that have been passed in the last year alone.

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