Riyadh Abdul Aziz
Riyadh Abdul Aziz is a blogger interested in the relationship between the web and society who works as a legal researcher for the government of Oman. He is interested in technology, intellectual property, and law. You can e-mail Riyadh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oman TV has traditionally controlled the production of video content about Oman and consequently controlled the way the world views Oman and the way Omanis perceive themselves on TV. The growing popularity of independently produced shows on YouTube is finally allowing us to see a different Oman from that presented by the official TV channel.
The Omani Copyright Law is the only copyright law in the Gulf that does not prohibit taking photographs of others without their permission, but this does not mean that the privacy of individuals is not protected in Oman.
Late last month, a hacker group stole the new season of Orange is the New Black, one of the most popular web TV shows at the moment, and demanded that Netflix, the distributor of the TV show, pays them an unspecified ransom payment or else they would leak the whole season on the Internet.
The website of the Educational Portal of the Ministry of Education was hacked and defaced very recently by a student who wished to communicate his dissatisfaction with the educational system in Oman.
Last week, a local Instagram user illegally sneaked into the Royal Opera House Muscat without permission to film himself in what looked like a bizarre royal outfit in an attempt to impress his followers. The video went viral due to the bizarre outfit and the location of filming, and apparently it became so famous that the authorities took note of it. The Instagram account of this user suddenly became private, and later completely disappeared.