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[Techdirt] PROTECT IP Renamed E-PARASITES Act; Would Create The Great Firewall Of America

As was unfortunately expected, the House version of PROTECT IP has been released (embedded below) and it's ridiculously bad. [...] There are no two ways around this simple fact: this is an attempt to build the Great Firewall of America.[...]

[...] In other words, any foreign site declared by the Attorney General to be "inducing" infringement, with a very broad definition of inducing, can now be censored by the US. With no adversarial hearing. Hello, Great Firewall of America.

[...] This new bill provides a massive and ridiculous burden: allowing the Attorney General to create an internet blacklist that all service providers will need to block access [...]

[DeutscheWelle] Media Center : Hadopi law in France

[Audio : 1'45 -> 6'10]

One year on, the controversial anti-piracy law in France has issued three warnings to 60 users - that could lead to a loss of Internet access. Meanwhile, the effects of pending net neutrality legislation. [...]!/301067/Spectrum/Program=3126

[TheWashingtonPost] Syria using American software to censor Internet, experts say

Syria is using equipment and software developed by an American company to censor the Internet and conduct surveillance of its citizens, according to data analyzed by technology experts and advocates for Syrian dissidents.

Reports of Syria’s alleged use of Blue Coat products originated with Telecomix, a group founded by Swedish hackers in 2006 that has been providing support to dissidents in the Middle East.

In recent months, technology experts have alleged that Western companies are knowingly or unknowingly selling technology to authoritarian regimes.

[CIO] European Parliament gets it right on net neutrality say digital liberties groups

Civil liberties groups have broadly welcomed a resolution by the European Parliament's Industry Committee on Thursday that puts pressure on law-makers to come up with tougher rules in favor of net neutrality.

The content of the resolution has been hotly debated by the committee for a number of weeks and the end result is more strongly in favor of net neutrality than first envisioned.

It [...] includes a loophole, which risks being interpreted as accepting restrictions on mobile Internet on the pretext of alleged network congestion, according to La Quadrature du Net.

[...] Kroes must break away from her 'wait and see' approach and take action to effectively protect competition, innovation as well as citizens' freedom of expression and privacy online," said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesman for La Quadrature du Net, a French online rights group.

[ZDNet] Net neutrality heads for European Parliament vote

Net neutrality and the open internet in Europe got a boost on Thursday when a key European Parliament committee voted to protect them.

The industry committee unanimously adopted a resolution (PDF) backing the principles, which the parliament as a whole may now vote to adopt at a plenary session in November. [...] It points out the risks of departing from the principles of net neutrality, and reminds the recipients that regulators must be able to curtail anti-competitive behaviour.

The campaigning group La Quadrature du Net welcomed the committee vote. Its spokesman Jérémie Zimmermann noted it is "a political commitment from the European Parliament in favour of net neutrality, [aiming] to prevent telecom operators from restricting internet access".

[] European Commission put under pressure by Parliament to regulate on net neutrality

The European Parliament has unanimously adopted a resolution on net neutrality that will place pressure on the European Commission to regulate ISPs to treat internet traffic equally.

The resolution calls on the commission to "guard that ISPs do not block, discriminate against, impair or degrade the ability of any person to use a service to access, use, send, post, receive or offer any content application or service of their choice, irrespective of source or target".

Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, an influential lobby group that framed parts of the text that has been issued to the commission, argues that although the wording of the text is weak, it will place pressure where it is needed.

"What is important is that it adds pressure to Neelie Kroes and her ‘wait and see' approach," he added.

[Zeit.De] Frankreich verhängt Netzsperre über "Copwatch"

Die sechs größten Internetanbieter Frankreichs müssen den Zugriff auf eine umstrittene Anti-Polizeiseite sperren. Für Bürgerrechtler ist das staatliche Zensur.

[...] Am vergangenen Freitag hat das Pariser Tribunal de Grande Instance verfügt, eine Seite namens Copwatch Nord-Paris IDF zu blockieren. Die sechs großen französischen Internetprovider müssen mit sofortiger Wirkung die gesamte Seite sperren.

Aber genau wie in Deutschland protestieren nun auch in Frankreich Bürgerrechtler. "Dieses Urteil ist ein weiterer Schritt in den Bemühungen der Regierung, das Netz zu kontrollieren", sagt Jérémie Zimmermann, Sprecher der Organisation Quadrature du Net.[...]

Mit zwei Gesetzen gegen Kinderpornographie und Onlineglücksspiel hat Frankreich bereits eine der strengsten Gesetzgebungen zur Kontrolle und Überwachung des Internets in Europa.[...]

[CBR] French court orders shut down of police monitoring site

A Paris court has ordered French Internet providers to block access to a website that displays images of police and personal information about their lives.

French authorities say that the website puts the lives of police officers at risk. The Interior Ministry and a police union had sought the blockage of the site.

But free speech campaigners have said that this could be another way for the governmnet to stiffle Internet freedoms in the country.

"This court order illustrates an obvious will by the French government to control and censor citizens' new online public sphere," said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesman for La Quadrature du Net, a Paris-based organization that campaigns against restrictions on the Internet.

[InternationalHeraldTribune] Court Orders French Cop-Watching Site Blocked

A court here has ruled that French Internet service providers must block access to a Web site that shows pictures and videos of police officers arresting suspects, taunting protesters and allegedly committing acts of violence against members of ethnic minorities.

[...] free speech advocates reacted with alarm, saying the ruling, issued Friday, reflected a French tendency to restrict Internet freedoms.

This court order illustrates an obvious will by the French government to control and censor citizens’ new online public sphere,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesman for La Quadrature du Net, a Paris-based organization that campaigns against restrictions on the Internet.

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