The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
See also our French press review.
De Franse president Nicolas Sarkozy pleit in een uitgelekte brief voor Europese ‘three-strikes-out’-wetgeving. De Franse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken zou bij zijn EU-collega’s moeten gaan lobbyen voor invoering van de omstreden wet.
De brief (pdf) werd verstuurd op 29 september, maar kwam donderdag pas in de openbaarheid via La Quadrature du Net.
De Hadopi-wet is een Franse wet die regelgeving verschaft rondom het verspreiden en beschermen van auteursrechtelijk beschermd en creatief materiaal op internet.
As promised in our case study on Dan Bull, he's now released his latest song, entitled Death of ACTA. Better yet, the video was filmed on an actual pirate ship
Oh and by the way the fricking Gallo's support
is made of signatures which have been apparently forged
This shit is sinister, and cannot be allowed to enforce
so tell your ministers and MEPs of how it's been brought about
I'm just a citizen that's teaching you a lesson
for restricting my freedom of expression
Yes, and deep packet inspection? squeeze that up your rectum
If your postman did that to you you'd be having him sectioned
arrested for meddling in your private affairs
But it's only online, right? so why should we care?
Protecting the Internet against content discrimination by broadband carriers is crucial to protecting First Amendment rights in the age of modern technology, the American Civil Liberties Union said today in a new report on network neutrality. [...]
[...] "Unfortunately, recent developments have opened the way for giant telecoms to begin tinkering with the open structure of the Internet, threatening its role as a forum for free speech. The FCC must take action to preserve the Internet as a free and open forum for all."
"Many people don't realize that we may be entering a whole new stage in the Internet's history, where the telecoms have much more power over how people use the Internet. [...]
[Techdirt] Why Won't Universal Music Let You See The 20/20 Report From 1980 About How The Music Industry Is Dying?
Here's one for the "sky is falling" folks, who insist the music industry is dying. Orin Kerr, at the Volokh Conspiracy points us to an episode of the TV magazine show 20/20 all about how the music industry is in trouble... way back in 1980. [...]
[...] After complaining about companies shutting down, layoffs and fights against counterfeiters, the report points out that the industry is betting on video laser discs to bring back the profits.
A major ISP in Ireland has won a landmark illegal music downloads case against the ‘Big Four’ record labels today.
The record companies had been pushing for the rule to cut off alleged piracy by many of UPC's customers in the country.
[...] the judge said that Ireland’s current legislation didn’t comply with European law, meaning that the “three strikes” rule could not be applied in the UPC case.
Four of the world's largest record companies have failed in an attempt to get the "three strikes" rule enforced against illegal filesharers in Ireland.
The court noted that a "substantial portion" of UPC's 150,000 customers were illegally sharing music.
In a judgment published today, Justice Peter Charleton said that laws were not in place to block the internet connections of those accused of sharing copyrighted content. [...]
The case was being closely watched by other internet service providers in the country as the music industry intensifies its push to penalise those sharing copyrighted work.
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Final negotiations for a controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) have been completed in Tokyo, with EU sources insisting that the draft accord will not restrict the freedoms of EU citizens or require legislative changes.
Wednesday's final text includes chapters on 'civil enforcement', 'border measures' and 'enforcement of intellectual property rights in the digital environment', sparking fears earlier this year that the Acta legal framework could result in large scale monitoring of internet users.
Some critics were still sceptical about the final text, however. "Whatever happens, it's still circumvention of the democratic process," Jérémie Zimmermann, the co-founder of the French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net, told the technology website ZDNet UK.
For three years, technology and telecommunications companies have watched nervously from the sidelines as the United States and nearly a dozen trading partners have negotiated a trade agreement that critics feared could undermine all sorts of online activities.
[...] For one thing, the latest draft opens the door to expanding the scope of the agreement beyond just copyright protections to encompass trademarks and possibly even patents and other types of intellectual property [...]
Jeremie Zimmermann, a spokesman for La Quadrature du Net, a public interest group based in Paris [...] "This kind of private police and private justice of the Net is very dangerous," he said.
[...] the latest draft text of ACTA has been released (pdf). Let's bulletpoint a few things up top, and then we'll discuss things in more detail down below:
- This version is not final [...]
- [...] it involved secrecy, misleading statements, ignoring important stakeholders until copies were leaked and concerned stakeholders shouted loud enough to be heard. As La Quadrature Du Net points out, this whole process was a counterfeit of democracy.
- The document still has many, many problems. [...]
All in all, what we have here is a travesty of process. You had a bunch of industry stakeholders, who drove the process from the beginning, putting in extreme language and extreme ideas. [...]
Four members of the European Parliament on Tuesday called for the international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) to be halted. The news comes after reports that the controversial accord had been "concluded" in Japan on Friday.
Under the Lisbon Treaty, the agreement cannot enter into force without Parliament's consent and the MEPs are angry that "contradictory remarks" have been reported. "It appears that there is no credible way of knowing whether the negotiations are actually concluded or not," they said.