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[SlashDot] Senator Wyden Demands ACTA Goes Before Congress

"As recently covered here, EU countries are starting to drop ACTA support. Now, long-time opponent of the secretly negotiated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, Sen. Ron Wyden introduced an amendment to a Senate 'jobs bill' that would force ACTA to come before Congress for approval. [...]

http://politics.slashdot.org/story/12/03/21/1232216/senator-wyden-demand...

[TechDirt] German Gov't Uses Anger Over Lack Of ACTA Transparency To Justify Further Lack Of Transparency

Even though the ACTA text is now finalized, getting details from national governments about what exactly happened during the negotiations is proving extremely difficult, with information still trickling out slowly.

[EuObserver] EU commission admits mistake on Acta

The European Commission has said it was surprised by the scale of opposition to a global anti-counterfeit treaty, having underestimated the power of social media to mobilise protesters. [...]

“What is the power of the people? We saw it recently here in January and February when we suddenly realised that, in spite of the freezing temperatures, we had thousands of people in different squares in Europe protesting against Acta." [...]

[ArsTechnica] Sen. Wyden demands vote on American copyright, patent treaties

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is a long-time opponent of the secretly negotiated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Today he introduced an amendment to a Senate "jobs bill" that would force ACTA to come before Congress for approval. A second amendment would make the US Trade Representative, which negotiates US trade deals, drop the veil of secrecy around its copyright and patent negotiations. [...]

[EurActiv] EU regulators say telecoms block Skype

Mobile telecom companies regularly block voice over IP (VoIP) and prevent services such as Skype from functioning on their networks, the group that represents EU telecom regulators (BEREC) says in the preliminary findings of a much-awaited report on internet neutrality. [...]

The main concerns - which BEREC did not spell out but which are underlined by some sector analysts - are that telecom companies may hamper competition on online platforms, blocking services which could rival their offers.

[ArsTechnica] RIAA and ISPs to police your traffic this summer

During a panel discussion held for US publishers this week, RIAA chairman Cary Sherman said his association and a number of ISPs—including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon—will begin policing traffic to crack down on piracy starting this summer. [...]

The system involves major labels monitoring BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer networks for copyright infringement, and then reporting that infringement to ISPs, who will monitor their networks for the transgressors. [...]

[TechDirt] European Commission Blames Social Networks For ACTA Failure; Worried About Its Imminent Directive On Copyright Enforcement

Now that the EU's ratification of ACTA has departed from the original script of everyone just waving it through, the European Commission is clearly trying to come up with Plan B. Some insights into its thinking can be gained from the minutes (pdf) of a recent Commission meeting, pointed out to us by André Rebentisch. [...]

[euobserver] Demand for web neutrality law following IP blocking tactics

Leading Internet freedom group La Quadrature du Net has reiterated its demands for an EU web neutrality law following last week’s disclosure that European Internet operators regularly use traffic management techniques to block access to certain online services.

BEREC, the body of national telecoms regulators across the EU, last week (6 March) submitted its first report on Internet traffic management practices to the European Commission.[...]

[CIO] New Net Neutrality Study Leads to Calls for EU Legislation

Blocking VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) and peer-to-peer Internet traffic is common in the European Union, said E.U. regulator BEREC, leading to calls for an E.U. net neutrality law. [...]

The initial findings revealed that blocking or throttling of VoIP and peer-to-peer traffic is the most common form of Internet traffic management practice Europe-wide. About one quarter of respondents justified traffic management policies on the basis of "security and integrity," controlling spam for example. [...]

[TotalTelecom] European operators throttling P2P, VoIP traffic – regulators

BEREC releases initial findings from telco report; meanwhile, Internet freedom group repeats call for EU-wide net neutrality law. [...]

[DailyTimes] Wanted: Censor for Pakistan’s Internet

Pakistan is advertising for companies to install an Internet filtering system that could block up to 50 million web addresses, alarming free speech activists who fear current censorship could become much more widespread.

Internet access for Pakistan’s some 20 million web users is less restricted than in many countries in Asia and the Arab world, though some pornographic sites and those seen as insulting to Islam are blocked. [...]

[BoingBoing] Danish trade minister and ACTA booster apologise for bogus piracy numbers

Here's a clip of a Danish TV show discussing ACTA, which Denmark has fiercely advocated in favor of. It starts with the head of a rightsholder society and the Danish trade minister quoting dodgy statistics about the extent and cost of piracy, and then demonstrates that these statistics are patently false, and finally, brings out those responsible for quoting them and gets them to admit their errors. Priceless. [...]

http://boingboing.net/2012/03/08/danish-trade-minister-and-acta.html

[IpsNews] Could Europe’s Anti-Counterfeiting Pact be a "Pandora’s Box" of Rights Violations?

Foggy details surrounding Europe’s anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) have divided pubic opinion, with activists on one end of the spectrum claiming it to be the end of Internet freedom and the generic drug market, while proponents continue to defend the act as a "modest" agreement to protect Europe’s intellectual property. [...]

[Financial Times] Internet lobby would opt for political fight over new data costs

Internet companies that stream their content to mobile devices would be likely to seek government intervention to avoid potentially burdensome new costs imposed by a wireless billing plan under consideration by AT&T (NYSE: T), sources at an apps company and watchdog groups told dealReporter.[...]

AT&T’s billing proposal could start to look like a net-neutrality violation under some circumstances, according to watchdogs. The FCC declined to comment.

[TechDirt] Danish Police Accidentally Censor Over 8,000 Sites As Child Porn... Including Facebook

Reminiscent of the mooo.com screwup in the US, where Homeland Security's ICE division "accidentally" seized 84,000 sites and plastered them over with a warning graphic about how they'd been seized by the US government for child porn, the Danish police similarly "accidentally" had 8,000 legitimate sites declared as child porn sites that needed to be blocked. Among the sites listed? Google and Facebook. [...]