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South Korea denied Google access to geospatial data
South Korean authorities banned Google in using the official map data on servers outside the country, reported by Reuters. The reason for refusal were the security issues related to the conflict with North Korea.
Google points out that data should be used on servers around the world to provide a proper functionality for Google Maps. Otherwise, South Korean user will not be able to get information while on pedestrian and road routes.
"We are quite disappointed by this decision," - said Google’s spokesman. He also expressed the hope that in the future the situation may change, and users in the region will have access to all Google Maps features.
According to the Korean officials, using map data outside the country can threaten its security. In particular, military location and other important objects can be revealed in this case.
European Court introduces a new criterion of legality of the links
The European court has introduced a new criterion for the legality of links to the copyright material, which is the absence of profit.
From now on adding the website links to illegally published materials, which are protected by copyright, is no longer a violation in the case if the owner of the resource does not get any profit of the resource. Before they could justify the writer, unless he knew that the image to other resources were deployed in circumvention of the law. That is, if his actions were not deliberate and did not have a hidden intention.
The corresponding decision was accepted by Playboy’s lawsuit against the Dutch website GeenStijl. The latter was accused of publication of the links to an Australian website that posted posted pictures of Britt Decker, the TV showman without having any permission to do that.
The lawsuit was filed to the court when GeenStijl refused to delete references to images belonging to Playboy. Initially the case was heard in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Then it was passed to the European Court.
Youtube now supports HDR video
YouTube has announced adding the HDR video format support. One will be able to watch videos in this format with the help of compatible devices such as HDR-TVs with the Chromecast Ultra, Samsung SUHD and UHD. One can feel free to upload video to the service.
High Dynamic Range Imaging, HDRI or just HDR is a technology that works with images and video, the brightness range of which exceeds the capabilities of conventional technology. HDR allows you to display items in the picture at the same time dark and very light areas. This technology improves the video quality by means of approximation to the visibility of human eye, which is able to distinguish details in the shadows and in the light.
According to YouTube reps, the service will also implement the HDR streaming in the nearest future.
The fact that YouTube is planning to add HDR-video support, it was already known in January this year.
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