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
ResearchCopyright violations on ResearchGateGate, one of the most popular websites for sharing academic papers, is facing legal action instigated by scientific publishers claiming that the website is hosting copyright infringing material and demanding that ResearchGate removes about 7,000,000 papers from its servers.
An Omani social media celebrity made the headlines very recently after being fined by Royal Oman Police after posting on Snapchat a video of herself driving at a speed exceeding 200km/hr.
Late last month, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) ordered OTaxi, an Omani mobile app for ordering taxis, to shut down its services claiming that the app violates the Land Transportation Law and that OTaxi can only operate after acquiring a licence from the ministry.
Omani domain names have a unique attribute on the Internet because they provide great opportunities for abuse by online criminals who can use them in typosquatting campaigns that harm Internet websites and their users globally.
The Omani version of Despacito has become an international viral hit accumulating over 2,000,000 views on YouTube within about a week of its release, yet the creation of this kind of artistic work is actually prohibited by the Omani copyright law.