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[Reuters] Analysis: Europe seen needing regulation on Internet access

Europe's confidence that it need not follow the United States in adopting rules to ensure fair Internet access may be short-lived, as competition between mobile operators and service providers like Skype intensifies.

The European Commission has so far refrained from legislating to avert a looming conflict with the likes of Skype, Google or Facebook, which offer virtually free voice communications and messaging, striking at the heart of the carriers' business.

But Internet service providers (ISPs) [...] already actively manage traffic to make it more efficient, and the potential to do more to protect their own services or earn extra revenues may be too much to resist.

[WashingtonPost] FCC approves net-neutrality rules; criticism is immediate

New Internet access rules approved by federal regulators on Tuesday prohibit network operators from meddling with Web traffic into American homes but do not extend to the fast-growing market for smartphones and tablet computers.

"Today's decision will help preserve the free and open nature of the Internet while encouraging innovation, protecting consumer choice, and defending free speech," Obama said in a statement Tuesday.

"The commission could have established clear rules that would give more protections to Internet users than the one approved today," said Gigi Sohn, president of the public interest group Public Knowledge. "Instead, these rules will be subject to manipulation by telephone and cable companies."

[BBC] Internet porn block 'not possible' say ISPs

Government plans to block pornography "at source" are unlikely to prove effective, say ISPs.

In response to the government proposal, Nicholas Lansman, secretary general of the Ispa industry body, said: "Ispa firmly believes that controls on children's access to the internet should be managed by parents and carers with the tools ISPs provide, rather than being imposed top-down."

"This is not about pornography, it is about generalised censorship through the back door," said Mr Killock.

"This is the wrong way to go," he said. "If the government controlled a web blacklist, you can bet that Wikileaks would be on it."

[Slashdot] The French Government Can Now Censor the Internet

[...] French ministers have passed a bill (original in French) allowing the government to add any website to a black list, which access providers will have to enforce. This black list will be defined by the government only, without requiring the intervention of the legal system. Although originally intended against pedo-pornographic websites, this bill is already outdated, as was Hadopi in its time, and instead paves the way for a global censorship of the 'French internet.'

[Ip-Watch] ‘Final final’ ACTA Text Published; More Discussion Ahead For EU

Negotiating partners today released the final text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) after another week of what they called “legal scrubbing” which in fitting form was once again was performed behind closed doors, this time in Sydney.

Changes made this week were said to not touch on substantial issues. They include, for example, a change in the definition of “pirated copyright goods.” [...]

On 16 December, Green Party members will request a formal decision by the EP's Legal Affairs Committee “to ask the legal service of the Parliament if ACTA is compatible with the Treaties of the European Union.

[TheWashingtonPost] FCC chairman to propose plan for net neutrality

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission plans to announce Wednesday a controversial proposal that would prohibit Internet providers from favoring or discriminating against any traffic that goes over their networks.

In a statement provided to reporters in advance of Wednesday's announcement, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said he thinks he has "a sound legal basis" to pursue so-called net-neutrality rules that would prevent companies such as Verizon, Comcast and AT&T from blocking or serving up some Web sites faster and at better quality than others.

[TheInquirer] US government seizes 'filesharing' websites

MORE THAN SEVENTY-FIVE websites have been shut down by the US government in an assault on alleged copyright and trademark infringement.

[...] Just last week the four people responsible for running the filesharing tracker website The Pirate Bay had their jail sentences slightly decreased but their financial penalties increased.

The increased damages and continued threat of jail time, which were the result of a court appeal by The Pirate Bay, were greeted with dismay by the French Internet freedom group La Quadrature du Net.

[CableEurope] Europe’s e-communications providers call on the European Commission to reflect EP demand for ACTA not to modify the EU acquis

Europe's leading e-communications service providers welcome the efforts of both the European Parliament and the Commission to address concerns regarding the potentially negative impact of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on the EU citizens' rights and on the existing balance between IPR enforcement and user's privacy.

Concerns remain regarding the introduction of criminal sanctions for IPR infringements which go beyond the current EU legislation, say e-communications providers in Europe. Industry shares similar concerns about the provision within ACTA on cooperative agreements within the business community as a means of addressing copyright infringement. Such text could lead to the introduction of extra-judicial cooperation, thereby also contradicting current EU law.[...],cntnt01,details,0&cnt...

[V3.Co.Uk] Europe close to enacting Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Members of the European Parliament have approved the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), overcoming yet another hurdle and making its progress into law an increasing certainty.

However, while the EC confirmed in a statement to the European Parliament that neither personal searches nor the so-called 'three strikes' procedure for illegal downloaders will be introduced by this agreement, the approval was greeted with dismay by rights organisation La Quadrature du Net.

"This vote is a terrible blow to EU citizens. It shows that the conservatives and some of their allies can get the Parliament to vote in favour of ACTA," said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for the group.

[SpiegelOnline] EU-Parlament gibt Okay zu ACTA

Knapper Vorsprung für die ACTA-Befürworter in Europa: Das EU-Parlament hat mit 331 zu 294 Stimmen das multilaterale Handelsabkommen gegen Produkt- und Markenpiraterie (ACTA) als "Schritt in die richtige Richtung" begrüßt. [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, ein französischer Bürgerrechtler der Netzgruppe La Quadrature du Net, bezeichnet die Entschließung trotz solcher Einschränkungen als "einen herben Rückschlag für EU-Bürger" .,1518,731127,00.html

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