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[ComputerWorld] Pirate Bay website circumvents Belgian blocking

Following a court ruling last week ordering two Belgian Internet service providers to block access to the Pirate Bay website, the organization has set up a new domain name to help users get around the blockade.

Meanwhile digital civil liberties groups have criticized the court's ruling, saying that it undermines fundamental rights.

"The decision of the Antwerp Court of Appeal sets a dangerous precedent for blocking of content by Internet service providers in Belgium," said Andre Loconte, spokesman for NURPA [...]. "It is incompatible with the doctrine of proportionality advocated by the European Court of Human Rights. [...]

[Thinq_] Brazil to debate 'anti-ACTA' bill, defying US

Brazil looks set to strike a blow against international anti-piracy treaty ACTA, with a bill under discussion in the country's parliament that sets out a civil rights-based framework for the internet.

[...] key provisions include protection of net neutrality and the privacy and personal data of individuals - directly contrary to the carte blanche given by ACTA for copyright holders to demand traffic logs from ISPs to identify alleged offenders.

[NewMediaAge] BBC, Channel 4, Blinkbox, Skype and Yahoo commission report defending net neutrality

Online content and app providers drive demand for broadband, driving fixed and mobile revenues of €155bn (£133 bn) in Europe in 2010, according to a report commissioned by the BBC, Channel 4, Blinkbox, Skype and Yahoo.

The report [...] has been published to highlight to the Government that the existing open nature of the internet helps drive growth for telecoms companies, rather than limit their growth by being bandwidth-intensive.

The report includes a series of recommendations, including that EU institutions, national governments and regulators should signal a clear commitment to safeguarding the Open Internet and that the application of an industry code of conduct and dispute resolution procedures, through “self regulation with oversight”, should be promoted.

[Pcworld] Legal Expert Says Anti-counterfeit Deal Should Be Scrapped

A leading data protection expert said Tuesday that the international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) is "badly-drafted, breaches many fundamental rights and lawmakers should throw it out and start from scratch."

The study also expresses concern about the "privatization of law," saying that leaving it to ISPs to determine what can be allowed on the mere say so of the rights holder deprives citizens of 'due process'. These are serious issues that are not addressed, Korff said.[...]

[Wired] U.S. Signs International Anti-Piracy Accord

The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on Saturday, an accord targeting intellectual property piracy.

The deal, more than three years in the making and open for signing until May 2013, exports on participating nations an intellectual-property enforcement regime resembling the one in the United States.

Rashmi Rangnath, a staff attorney with Public Knowledge in Washington, D.C., said the deal “clearly, is an attempt to foist U.S. law on other countries.

Until European Union authorities began leaking the document’s text, the Obama administration was claiming the accord was a “national security” secret.

[Zdnet.Co.Uk] Kroes attacks Dutch net-neutrality rule

Europe's digital agenda chief has criticised the Netherlands for legislating to protect net neutrality, saying it is too early for lawmakers to take sides on the issue. […]

Wait-and-see attitude

Kroes's antipathy to the Dutch net-neutrality laws stands in
contrast with what she herself said in January 2010, when she was about to become the
EU's digital agenda commissioner. […]

The net-neutrality issue was not the main focus of Kroes's speech on Monday, which marked the launch of a consultation on the pricing of access to broadband networks.

[Spiegel.De] Netzneutralität: Provider am Pranger

Der eigene Anbieter sperrt Internet-Telefonie auf dem Handy oder drosselt Messenger-Dienste? Solche Sünden kann man jetzt öffentlich melden: Auf der Plattform Respect My Net werden Provider aus ganz Europa denunziert - im Dienste der Netzneutralität.

Hinter der schmucklosen Seite im deutsch-englischen Sprachmischmasch steckt die französische Netzaktivistengruppe La Quadrature du Net und die niederländischen Bürgerrechtler von Bits of Freedom sowie ein paar Einzelkämpfer.,1518,789356,00.html

[TorrentFreak] Major Usenet Provider Ordered to Remove All Infringing Content

Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN has won its landmark court case against, one of the leading Usenet providers. The Amsterdam court ruled that the Usenet provider, which offers its network to Binverse and Usenext among others, has to delete all infringing content from its servers. This decision is similar to the one that effectively shut down the BitTorrent site Mininova, and it could mean the end of one of the leading providers of Usenet access.

[Techdirt] EU, Mexico & Switzerland Will Not Sign ACTA This Weekend, Despite The 'Signing Ceremony'

With Japan announcing a signing ceremony this Saturday for those who negotiated ACTA, it seemed reasonable to think that most of those listed as planning to attend would be signing. Of course, we wondered about the US, the EU and Mexico -- as there have been legal questions and challenges raised to ACTA in all three cases, with Mexico's Congress specifically telling the President it will not ratify the treaty. The EU had also been investigating whether or not ACTA was in line with EU law, and that process has not been completed, so we thought it was premature for the EU to sign onto ACTA.

[Cnet] Wireless spectrum shortage? What spectrum shortage?

There is plenty of wireless spectrum available to meet the demand for wireless data services, but the problem may be that too much of it is in the wrong hands, according to a recent report from Citigroup.

For more than two years, the Federal Communications Commission and CTIA, the wireless industry's lobbying group, have advocated for more wireless spectrum to be made available for auction.

In addition to making more spectrum available through auctions, McAdam also said that the FCC needs to make it easier for wireless operators to acquire spectrum on the secondary market more easily. This could help wireless operators, who need spectrum and have money to fund networks, strike deals with companies that have spectrum but may not be using it.

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