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[IP-Watch] EU Parliament Seminar Looks At Risks Of Outsourcing Policing Of Internet

Self-regulation and its potential pitfalls when it comes to circumvention of due process by pushing enforcement to intermediaries was the subject of a seminar held in Brussels today (7 December).

That intermediaries would be in a “perfectly balanced position to make rulings on illegality” was one the ten myths about “privatized policing and law enforcement” presented by Joe McNamee, political analyst at European Digital Rights [...]

Should self-regulatory bodies really take on the role of judging such competing claims? he asked. The question will become even harder given the fact that there are not only the IP rights holders knocking on the door, but other requests that might be made to intermediaries as well, from counter-terrorist actors, to fighters against xenophobia, financial service regulators, or regulators of medicine.

http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2011/12/08/eu-parliament-seminar-looks-at...

[Cnet] DHS abruptly abandons copyright seizure of hip-hop blog

A bizarre attempt by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to seize the domain name of a hip-hop blog accused of copyright infringement ended today with the government abruptly abandoning the lawsuit.

What's unusual here is that normally U.S. law strongly discourages efforts to censor Web sites before a full trial can be held. That's called "prior restraint," and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Pentagon Papers case that even top-secret national defense information did not qualify for temporary, pre-trial censorship.

Making the case even more unusual, Bridges said, is that routine procedural documents were all kept under seal. "Why did the government feel the need to keep secret the fact of its repeated extensions of time to file the forfeiture proceeding?" he asked.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57339569-281/dhs-abruptly-abandons-cop...

[TorrentFreak] Canadian Songwriters Want to Legalize File-Sharing

While most of the major entertainment industry companies wage war against BitTorrent sites, the Songwriters Association of Canada prefers to embrace file-sharing. Speaking with TorrentFreak, vice president Jean-Robert Bisaillon says that the Internet has revived the music business. Sharing music is part of people’s nature and the songwriters want to legalize file-sharing, while compensating the artists whose works are shared.

The big labels will try to control the market as long as they can and as long as they think the market will generate revenue even if the revenue is the result of legal action. [...]

http://torrentfreak.com/canadian-songwriters-want-to-legalize-file-shari...

[ElPais] La 'ley Sinde' ve la luz con el PP

Dos años después de una concepción que se pretendía de urgencia, la ley Sinde vio ayer por fin la luz al final de un túnel de patinazos parlamentarios, pactos in extremis, rebeldía internauta y renuncia del anterior Gobierno a desarrollar una normativa antidescargas que busca el cierre de páginas web que sirvan o enlacen sin permiso contenidos protegidos por derechos de autor.[...]

La noticia del alumbramiento la dio la vicepresidenta Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, que además anunció la sustitución del llamado canon digital, vieja aspiración del PP, por un gravamen universal. Es decir, lo pagaremos todos, hagamos o no copias privadas.[...]

La vicepresidenta destacó también que con estas medidas "España entra en el estándar internacional de lucha contra la piratería" el mismo día en que se conoció que la Cámara de Comercio de Estados Unidos había remitido una carta a Mariano Rajoy en la que le conminaba a tomar medidas para evitar la fuga de inversiones.[...]

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/cultura/ley/Sinde/ve/luz/PP/elpepucul/201...

[EWeekEurope] European Court Says Gov’ts Can’t Force ISPs To Snoop

Online freedom activitists have welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Justice, that says national authorities cannot force ISPs to violate their users’ rights in favour of copyright protection.

The ECJ agreed and found that using such filtering systems indiscriminately would infringe on people’s rights to conduct business, their right to protection of personal data and to receive or impart information.

The ruling stresses once again that instead of keeping on pushing for more repression EU policy makers should work towards much needed reform of copyright that would protect citizens’ freedoms. Rejecting ACTA and other extremist measures imposed in the name of copyright would be a first step,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson of citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.

http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/isps-cannot-be-forced-to-monitor-usage...

[V3.Co.Uk] European court rules that ISPs can't be forced to block pirated content

ISPs cannot be legally obliged to monitor their customers' electronic communications and block the unauthorised transmission of copyrighted content, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled, in a landmark decision that will come as a blow to rights holders. […]

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of rights group La Quadrature du Net, welcomed the news, arguing that it is a blow for a European Commission that has until now "implicitly supported the broad filtering schemes" promoted by the creative industries. […]

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2127512/european-court-rules-isps-forced-...

[Pcworld] Net Neutrality Should Be Enshrined in EU Law Says Parliament

Net neutrality should be enshrined in European Union law, says the European Parliament.

On Thursday the Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission to do more to guarantee an open Internet and net neutrality. Parliamentarians want to see E.U. telecom rules properly and consistently enforced and want internet traffic management practices to be monitored closely in order to "preserve the open and neutral character of Internet." […]

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/244075/net_neutrality_shou...

[Guardian] Sopa condemned by web giants as 'internet blacklist bill'

Internet giants went on the attack on Wednesday, claiming legislation aimed at tackling online piracy would create an "internet blacklist bill" that would encourage censorship, kill jobs and give US authorities unrivalled powers over the world's websites.

The act aims to tackle online piracy by giving the US Justice Department new powers to go after websites, both domestically and abroad, that host disputed copyright material. The act would allow the US to effectively pull the plug on websites and go after companies that support them technically or through payment systems. [...]

Art Bordsky, spokesman for Public Knowledge, a Washington-based public policy group, said Sopa was "the proverbial bull in the proverbial china shop" and that the bill as it stands would have "terrible consequences" for the internet.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/nov/16/sopa-condemned-internet...

[VentureBeat] Vint Cerf: The government is going overboard in Internet copyright control

When Bob and I started writing the specs for the Internet in 1973…

Today, Cerf gave the audience strong words on contemporary issues of intellectual property, open-source development and the need for better security — not on the part of developers or companies, but on the part of normal Internet users.

When asked what he would tell the developer of the Next Big Thing, the technology that could replace the Internet, Cerf said, “Shoot the patent lawyer.

Cerf continued, “Bob [Kahn] and I knew we could not succeed if we tried to protect the Internet’s design. As it turns out that worked out really well, and I think that’s still pretty good advice.

http://venturebeat.com/2011/11/14/vint-cerf/

[Wired] Anti-Hacking Law Criminalizes Most Computer Users, Former Prosecutor Says

The nation’s premier anti-hacking law poses a threat to the civil liberties of millions of Americans who use computers and the internet and could lead to the arrest and prosecution of many users who violate the law on a regular basis, says a former federal prosecutor who wants the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act revised.

When the legislation was first enacted in the 1980s, it specifically targeted computer hacking and other computer misuse [...]

The law as it currently stands allows prosecutors to criminally prosecute users for violating an internet service provider’s terms of service agreement, something that would normally be a breach of contract [...]

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/11/anti-hacking-law-too-broad/

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