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[BusinessWeek] AT&T Must Let Beastie Boy Vote on Net Neutrality, SEC Says

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has told AT&T Inc. and other telecommunications companies they must include a resolution supporting wireless net-neutrality in annual shareholder votes. [...]

The shareholder resolution would recommend each company “publicly commit to operate its wireless broadband network consistent with network neutrality principles,” the letter said. The companies should not discriminate based on the “source, ownership or destination” of data sent over their wireless infrastructure. [...]

“Net neutrality is the free speech issue of our time and today’s decision by the SEC was a big win in the fight to maintain a free and open Internet,” Senator Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, said in a statement. Franken had co-written a Jan. 31 letter to SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro with four other senators, urging the commission to deny the companies’ exclusion requests. [...]

[] ECJ rules hosting sites cannot be made to filter content in another blow to ACTA

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday that forcing hosting services to monitor and filter online content is a violation of European law, dealing another blow to the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). [...]

The decision is of large significance after recent attempts by the entertainment and music industries to force hosting services to screen all users' communications in order to block potentially copyright-infringing content. [...]

"The decision will definitely have an impact on any attempts by the entertainment industry to go to court to impose mechanisms on internet intermediaries," said Jeremie Zimmermann, a spokesman for the French advocacy group, La Quadrature du Net (LQDN), in an interview with V3.

"The ECJ ruling proves what we having been saying for so long that private and censorship schemes are against internet users' fundamental rights."

Zimmermann said the ruling could affect the success of the ACTA, an international treaty aimed to protect the rights of copyright holders against the threat of internet piracy.

[Repubblica] L'Unesco non invita Wikileaks al convegno sui media dopo i cablo

A Parigi si tiene un appuntamento su come è cambiato il mondo dei media dopo l'avvento del sito di informazioni riservate che ha diffuso i dispacci americani lo scorso anno e lo scandalo di News of The World. Assange e i suoi protestano. Gli organizzatori rivendicano il diritto di "invitare chi gli pare"

L'Unesco non invita Wikileaks al convegno sui media dopo i cablo Julian Assange
WIKILEAKS è stata bandita dalla Conferenza su Wikileaks. Proprio così. L'Unesco, che ha organizzato per oggi e domani nella sua sede di Parigi il convegno "The Media World after WikiLeaks and News of the World 1", non ha accettato la richiesta dei rappresentanti di Wikileaks di partecipare all'incontro. L'iniziativa, cui sono stati invitati 37 relatori - fra cui i rappresentanti delle testate che hanno collaborato col sito di informazioni riservate per diffondere i cablogrammi USA oggetto dello scandalo dell'anno scorso -, ha infatti l'obiettivo di riunire esponenti del mondo dei media, giornalisti professionisti e occasionali, avvocati e esperti, per parlare di giornalismo tradizionale e giornalismo partecipativo nell'era digitale. In particolare di etica del giornalismo, libertà d'espressione e Internet. [...]

[TheInquerer] ACTA loses the support of more countries

ACTA, the treaty that will let the entertainment industries dictate the legislative and punitive environment for dealing with so-called 'piracy', is losing support as it gets closer to ratification. Several countries have already backed away from approving it, and now they have been joined by Bulgaria and the Netherlands. [...]

[IBTimes] EU Court: Social Networks Can't Be Piracy Brakes

Online social networks cannot be forced to block users from downloading songs illegally, as this would push up their costs and infringe privacy, Europe's highest court said on Thursday, adding to a worldwide debate on internet policing. [...]

"The owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to install a general filtering system, covering all its users, in order to prevent the unlawful use of musical and audio-visual work," the ECJ said in a statement. [...]

Judges also said forcing companies to install a filter to identify, analyze and process users' personal information might infringe their privacy and could result in the blocking of lawful content. [...]

[Guardian] Acta loses more support in Europe

Support for Acta in Europe is waning as both Bulgaria and the Netherlands refuse to ratify the international anti-piracy agreement.

Bulgaria will not ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement over fears it will curb freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage internet surveillance, economy minister Traicho Traikov said on Tuesday.

More than 4,000 people marched in the capital Sofia last Saturday calling on parliament not to ratify the act. Similar rallies drew thousands of protesters across eastern Europe, as well as in Germany, France and Ireland. [...]

Meanwhile, the Dutch Lower House has backed a motion from the Green Left party which says the Netherlands should, for the time being, refrain from signing Acta, according to a report at Radio Netherlands Worldwide.[...]

[France24] OSCE warns of Internet pact's curbs on expression

The OSCE's media freedom representative warned Tuesday that a global online piracy pact that has sparked protests around Europe could undermine freedom of expression.

"I ... am concerned that the present agreement on ACTA might have a detrimental effect on freedom of expression and a free flow of information in the digital age," Dunja Mijatovic wrote in a letter to Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, which has yet to ratify the pact. [...]

"I think that it would be helpful to conduct a thorough assessment of the effect the agreement might have on fundamental rights, particularly freedom of expression and the right to privacy in the European Union and beyond," she said. [...]

[BoingBoing] EU official who resigned over ACTA explains how the treaty will result in invasive border searches of personal devices, privacy-invading dissemination of public's personal information

Kader Arif is the former EU official who served as rapporteur on ACTA (the secretive copyright treaty pushed by the US Trade Rep) on Europe's behalf. He made headlines when he handed in his report on ACTA and his resignation, which damned ACTA as an undemocratic, overly broad and ill-conceived trainwreck. In this WSJ interview, Arif goes into detail on the problems that made ACTA utterly irredeemable, and Mike Masnick despairs at how Arif's successor in the EU is seemingly unwilling to stand up for the democratic principles that ACTA tramples. [...]

[Forbes] Bulgaria Withdraws From ACTA

Is the tide starting to turn on the European Union’s controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement? First Germany said that they were going to back off ratifying ACTA, following the position taken by Poland earlier. Now Bulgaria is doing the same thing, and won’t be taking any steps toward ratifying the treaty any time soon. [...]

Like Germany, Bulgaria is waiting for a clearer stance from the EU, but Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov also had some interesting things to say on the very premise of what some have argued is an overly harsh application of copyright laws.

“I’m a pessimist when it comes to regulating an industry, which hasn’t adapted to the digital age, through sanctions rather than market means,” he told reporters in Sofia today, according to Bloomberg. “Authors’ copyrights should not be placed above human rights.” [...]

[MenaFN] Poland : Leading a new struggle for freedom

Last weekend saw tens of thousands of people across Europe taking to the streets in protest against the international treaty to enforce intellectual property rights. European politicians are gradually distancing themselves from the treaty, largely as a result of citizen mobilisation initiated in Central Europe. [...]

According to La Quadrature du Net , an advocacy group defending the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet, "ACTA would impose new criminal sanctions forcing Internet actors to monitor and censor online communication. It is thus a major threat to freedom of expression online and creates legal uncertainty for Internet companies. In the name of trademarks and patents, it would also hamper access to generic drugs in poor countries." [...]

Activists from La Quadrature du Net are advising people how to contact their representatives in the various EP committees which have a say over the final vote. Meanwhile, several groups are collecting signatures in opposition to ACTA to submit to the EP, with petition site Avaaz having gathered over 2,250,000 endorsements so far.[...]{f5c08a3e-b33d-4f67-ba96-5e83940c51fd}&src=main

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