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[Techdirt] Chile Rejects Attempt To Force ISPs To Filter And Block Copyrighted Works

While some other countries have caved to pressure from the entertainment industry and US diplomats to implement ridiculously draconian copyright laws, it's always nice to hear of some pushing back.

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What's interesting here (beyond a victory for user rights) is that a big part of the argument pushed by the entertainment industry representatives, was that this law was necessary to remain in compliance with trade agreements (there they are again) with the US. However, it appears that Chilean politicians recognized this was a load of bunk.

[TheNewYorkTimes] China Imposes New Internet Controls

[...] China’s government censors have taken fresh aim at the Internet, rolling out new measures that limit its citizens’ ability to set up personal Web sites and to view hundreds of Web sites offering films, video games and other forms of entertainment.

[ItNews] Conroy reveals plans to censor the internet

The Federal Government will introduce laws to make ISP-level filtering mandatory for all refused-classification material hosted overseas.

Grants will be made to providers that wish to further filter X18+ sites.

Senator Conroy justified the filter, saying that "most Australians acknowledge that there is some internet content which is not acceptable in any civilised society".

The Government announced that the list of blocked RC content would be compiled "through a public complaints mechanism".

[BBC] Australia introduces web filters

Australia intends to introduce filters which will ban access to websites containing criminal content.

However, that claim has been questioned and there has been opposition from some internet users.

The banned sites will be selected by an independent classification body guided by complaints from the public, said Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

Mr Conroy said the filters included optional extras such as a ban on gambling sites which ISPs could choose to implement in exchange for a grant.

[NewStraitsTimes] Malaysia committed to net neutrality: Salang

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is committed to the general principles of net neutrality and no internet censorship, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

"The law, enforced on those who violated the country's laws via the internet, did not contravene the Net Neutrality principle," [Deputy Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum] said today.

[YNetNews.Com] Israeli internet service providers block P2P traffic

First of its kind research conducted by Ynet in collaboration with surfers, bloggers suggests two of Israel's largest internet service providers perform manipulation on file sharing traffic

[...] Ynet has conducted a first of its kind research in Israel with the assistance of bloggers, surfers and technology reporters which suggests that two of the largest Internet providers in Israel are interfering with their clients' traffic.

[NewsScientist] Net piracy: The people vs the entertainment industry

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), suggested by the US administration in 2007, aims to redefine global trade rules. The intention is to stem losses from counterfeiting and internet-mediated piracy of content like music and movies.

It will do that by penalising internet service providers and websites that carry, or help people to find, pirated content. ACTA has quickly proved a hit with G8 nations, the European Union, South Korea and Australia, who are all using it as a basis for future national laws. [...]

[The Register] Virgin Media to trial filesharing monitoring system

Virgin Media will trial deep packet inspection technology to measure the level of illegal filesharing on its network, but plans not to tell the customers whose traffic will be examined. [...]

The trial will cover about 40 per cent of Virgin Media's network, a spokesman said, but those involved will not be informed. "It would be counter-productive because it doesn't affect customers directly," he said. [...]

[Arstechnica] EFF opens the "Takedown Hall of Shame"

Missing that wonderful surge of anger that comes from hearing about some bogus attempt at shutting down free speech with a DMCA takedown notice? The EFF has you covered, opening a new "Hall of Shame" to highlight the worst of the worst.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a big fan of naming and shaming. When it launched its patent-busting project a few years back, the activist group put up a "Wanted by EFF marshals" poster; eight of the ten patents on the list have already been narrowed, invalidated, or reexamined

[ComputerWorld] What's replacing P2P, BitTorrent as pirate hangouts?

Driven by increased crackdowns on BitTorrent sites such as The Pirate Bay, software pirates are fast-moving their warez to file-hosting Web sites.

Sites such as RapidShare, Megaupload, and Hotfile let anonymous users upload large files such as cracked software for free.

Hyperlinks to the software can then be distributed by pirates via Web sites, instant messages, or social media sites such as Twitter, said Vic DeMarines, vice president of products at anti-piracy software vendor V.I. Labs.

[IPTEGRITY.COM] What Lord Mandelson doesn't get about the 'Net

Lord Mandelson says that he hears the concerns of Internet users. But he has not altered in his determination to pursue the protectionist demands of the music and entertainment industries.

[PCAuthority.com.au] Dutch ISP heralds end of net neutrality

Dutch broadband provider UPC is to introduce a new system in which its customers will pay more to access certain services and providers.
Critics have argued that the move could signal the end of net neutrality, unless it is contested by consumer groups or banned under the European Telecoms Reform package that entered the European Union conciliation procedure in May and will have its third reading this autumn. [...]

Citizens rights groups such as La Quadrature du Net, meanwhile, have registered their concerns over the UPC plans.

[eWeekEurope.co.uk] Government File-Sharing Move Could Cut Off Entire Households

The UK government has taken Internet copyright-protection out of Ofcom's hands, and is rushing through measures that could cut off everyone at an address

[v3.co.uk] Dutch ISP heralds end of net neutrality

Dutch broadband provider UPC is to introduce a new system in which its customers will pay more to access certain services and providers.
Critics have argued that the move could signal the end of net neutrality, unless it is contested by consumer groups or banned under the European Telecoms Reform package that entered the European Union conciliation procedure in May and will have its third reading this autumn. [...]

Citizens rights groups such as La Quadrature du Net, meanwhile, have registered their concerns over the UPC plans.