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[AFR] Copyright cheats face the music in France

The curtain has risen on the third act of one of the most ambitious French musical productions, one whose goal is to end digital piracy. [...]

But the curtain has not yet come down for the fallen file-sharers. As a presidential election nears, opposition to the law is heating up. [...]

Rivals [...], who championed the measure, say that it infringes on civil liberties. His opponents, building on the momentum from a successful campaign to defeat two US congressional bills aimed at curbing piracy, as well as a swell of protest against an international copyright treaty, want to repeal or revamp the French law. [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, a group that campaigns against restrictions on the internet, said " the law had resulted in increased use of virtual private network software and other anonymity tools."

Apparently some of its intimidation is having a psychological effect,” he said of the three-strikes law, but added: “The political costs of creating an institution like this are tremendous.

[Timesofmalta] The deactivation of Acta

Acta is an international agreement created by the United States and Japan – and in some cases signed without public consultation – but excluding some European countries like Germany, Latvia, Poland and the Czech Republic and negotiated in secret with main international companies.[...]

History shows that lovers of limitation of information and artistic expression regularly try to choke the artistic and intellectual freedom of the individual. Coincidentally, they never say that their intention is to place a bandage over your mouth, ears and eyes, resulting in covering up your mind after making you look like a helpless mummy.[...]

The intolerance of Acta is too historically transparent. Acta is, by its very nature, incompatible with modern European political tendencies. [...] Acta is a hiccup in a popularist European mentality that promotes art and education for the worker. Maltese legislation to counteract the negativity of Acta is not a solution. It is best relegated to the limbo of European political history.

[Fsrn] Headlines for Friday, February 17, 2012 : ACTA dealt blow by European court


Europe's highest court has ruled that online services such as Facebook and YouTube cannot be forced to police their customers' use of music, movies or other copyrighted material. Digital activists say it's another blow to the anti-piracy initiative known as ACTA From France, FSRN's Liam Moriarty has more.

[...] Digital activists say this ruling – and a similar one last fall dealing with internet service providers – invalidates a key element of ACTA. Jérémie Zimmermann is with the Paris-based group La Quadrature du Net. “There is now a heavy trend from the entertainment industry to try to make the internet intermediaries bear the liability for enforcement of this obsolete vision of copyright.” Meanwhile, ACTA continues to take its lumps. In the last week, Germany, Latvia, Bulgaria and the Netherlands became the latest countries to suspend ratification of the trade agreement. [...]

[] EU Court of Justice announced a win for privacy

The European Court of Justice has announced a win for privacy online in its decision that monitoring and filtering online content is unlawful and unfair.

In a ruling on the Sabam v. Netlog case (PDF), it said, « 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. »

Sabam is the Belgian music royalty collection outfit. It sued Netlog in 2009 and attempted to get it to install monitoring software in its social networking operation. Netlog baulked at this, and today it is gratified by the Court of Justice announcement. [...]
The ruling clears up some controversy over whether it is right to force a web hosting firm to monitor its users to detect if they are infringing copyrights. According to the rights advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, it is a timely ruling. particularly when you consider legal machinations like ACTA, SOPA, PIPA and the DEA.

« This ruling should sound as a call for EU policy makers to stop pushing for privatized censorship schemes under the guise of ';cooperation' between Internet actors and the entertainment industry, » said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net.

[SloveniaTimes] Government Leaning Towards Freezing ACTA

The government is leaning towards freezing the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Minister for Education, Science, Culture and Sport Žiga Turk told the press coming out of a government session. "We do not see a practical need for Slovenia to ratify it in this very moment," Turk told the press. [...]

The Economic Development Ministry said Žerjav would speak about ACTA at Friday's public presentation of opinions, which has been organised by the parliamentary EU Affairs Committee. [...]

The debate will coincide with the second protest against ACTA (the first one was held two weeks ago), organised by online activists. [...]

[] Freiwillige Freizeit-Feuerwehr

Der Gegenwind bläst der Politik nicht nur im Netz entgegen. Der Protest gegen Acta hat eine breite Massenbewegung auf die Straße gebracht. Acta hat geschafft, was Datenschutz, Vorratsdatenspeicherung und Internetsperren nicht in diesem Umfang geschafft haben: Es demonstrierten zehntausende, wohl an die 100.000 Menschen in dutzenden deutschen Städten - und das bei eisigem Winterwetter. [...]

Ob Medikamente, Internet oder klassische Wissensträger: Love organisierte zusammen mit anderen den ersten Widerstand. Dass man das Abkommen jemals zu Fall bringen könnte, hatte damals keiner erwartet - mit Ausnahme des immer optimistischen französischen Netzaktivisten-Popstars Jérémie Zimmermann von La Quadrature du Net, der mit seinem Wuschellockenkopf Parlamente und Öffentlichkeit mit Argumenten gegen Acta befütterte und dessen Organisation viele der populär gewordenen Anti-Acta-Videos produzierte. [...]

Nun steht die digitale Zivilgesellschaft vor einem Dilemma: Kann sie diesem losen und spontanen Charakter treu bleiben? (...) Die bisherigen Strukturen sind viel zu schwach, um die Bewegung von einer reagierenden zu einer agierenden Kraft der Politik zu machen und die Bewegung in die Lage zu versetzen, dauerhaft und aktiv in das politische Geschehen einzugreifen. [...]

Dass es auch anders geht, hat der Umweltaktivismus gezeigt: Greenpeace, BUND oder Nabu haben feste Strukturen geschaffen, um ihn zu organisieren. [...]!87923/

[WarsawBusinessJournal] Polish government asks European Parliament not to sign ACTA

PM Tusk has admitted he was wrong to support the treaty

On Friday, Prime Minister Donald Tusk completed the about-face his government had started on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). [...]

“I was wrong. … It would be a sin to maintain a mistaken belief … the agreement does not correspond to the reality of the 21st century. The battle for the right to property should also respect the right to freedom.” [...]

[Español][Publico] La UE exime a las redes sociales de perseguir las descargas ilegales

Las redes sociales no pueden ser también redes policiales. Una sentencia del Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea, publicada ayer, consideró ilegal que grandes webs de internet como Facebook o Twitter instalen sistemas de filtrado para detectar cuáles de sus usuarios utilizan los servicios de la página para intercambiar o difundir material protegido por los derechos de autor. [...]

« Es una sentencia crucial y oportuna, justo cuando iniciativas como ACTA y la revisión de la directiva de derechos de propiedad intelectual pretenden generalizar la censura de internet privada y automática para proteger un modelo de copyright caducado », señaló en un comunicado La Quadrature du Net, una de las asociaciones europeas de derechos de los internautas más activas.

[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.

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