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[Spiegel] 'A' for Angela: GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies and Merkel

Documents show that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America's NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database. Is it time for the country to open a formal espionage investigation?

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/gchq-and-nsa-targeted-privat...

[Spiegel] 'A' for Angela: GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies and Merkel

Documents show that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America's NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database. Is it time for the country to open a formal espionage investigation? [...]

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/gchq-and-nsa-targeted-privat...

[WSJ] Top EU Court Backs Internet Bootlegging Ruling

[...] The European Union's highest court said on Thursday that Internet service providers may have to block access to websites that infringe copyrights.

[...] two movie companies wanted UPC [internet service provider Telekabel Wien GmbH] to block access to [...] a site that allowed users to stream or download movies under their copyright.

UPC argued that it shouldn't be responsible for policing copyrights on a site that was completely separate from its own operations [...] The ECJ disagreed. The EU's copyrights law "does not require a specific relationship between the person infringing copyright and the intermediary against whom an injunction may be issued," it said. It also wasn't necessary for copyright holders to prove that the protected content was actually being accessed through the providers they were targeting.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405270230441840457946484107...

[ComputerWorldUK] TTIP Update XXI

[...] despite the European Commission's claims to the contrary, there was simply no evidence of any meaningful transparency in TTIP. However, that changed today, when the Commission announced its consultation on investor-state dispute settlement. [...]

However, I don't intend to go through the consultation document here [...] Instead, I want to address [...] the famous 119 billion euros figure for the "extra" GDP growth that TTIP will produce, which I've mentioned several times before.

[...] even under the most favourable assumptions - assumptions that are unlikely to be realised - TTIP's benefit to European citizens would be negligible. The threats, on the other hand, are considerable, not least from investor-state dispute settlement, which is likely to cast a chill over legislative initiatives in the European Union, just as it did in Canada under NAFTA.

http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2014/03/ttip-update-xxi...

[TorrentFreak] Court Orders Usenet Provider to Prevent Copyright Infringement

German music collecting society and anti-piracy group GEMA is reporting a legal victory over a popular Usenet service provider. GEMA says it has obtained a "ground breaking" court injunction which compels UseNeXT to prevent copyright infringement on a selection of songs in GEMA's repertoire or face being held liable for their misuse. [...]

The precise details have not yet been made public, but according to GEMA the injunction “extends the responsibility of services providers towards rights holders” in the event that copyright works are continually made available. [...]

Perhaps unsurprisingly, UseNeXT have a different interpretation of the decision. The company says that it only provides access to the Usenet system and has no control of the content to be found there. It is common practice, UseNeXT says, for copyright holders to send takedown notices to the actual server operators so that files can be removed from newsgroups. [...]

http://torrentfreak.com/court-orders-usenet-provider-to-prevent-copyrigh...

[Techdirt] Brazil's 'Marco Civil' Internet Civil Rights Law Finally Passes, With Key Protections Largely Intact

We first wrote about Brazil's 'Marco Civil' back in October 2011, when we described it as a kind of "anti-ACTA". That's because it was designed to protect online rights, not diminish them, and was the product of a democratic and transparent process, not of secret corporate lobbying. [...]

Although it must still go to Brazil's Federal Senate for consideration, before returning to the Chamber of Deputies and then being sent to the Brazilian President for her signature, the bill is essentially passed. As the above summary makes clear, the Marco Civil is an extremely wide-ranging law, and arguably the best of its kind anywhere in the world -- an extraordinary achievement given its unusual origins and the lobbying firepower ranged against it. Global Voices comments:

"In a moment when censorship, surveillance, corporate greed and government corruption seem to dominate the world of digital rights, a victory like this one can bring hope to those working to improve user protections worldwide."

The people who made this happen are to be congratulated on the victory, gained thanks to their unstinting hard work over the last few years. If only more of us could look forward to the protections the Marco Civil will provide.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140326/09012226690/brazils-marco-civi...

[WallStreetJournal] Top EU Court Backs Internet Bootlegging Ruling

The European Union's highest court said on Thursday that Internet service providers may have to block access to websites that infringe copyrights. [...]

UPC argued that it shouldn't be responsible for policing copyrights on a site that was completely separate from its own operations and where there was no court ruling establishing unlawful actions by its own customers. It said any blocking measures could easily be circumvented by users and would be excessively expensive.

The ECJ disagreed. The EU's copyrights law "does not require a specific relationship between the person infringing copyright and the intermediary against whom an injunction may be issued," it said. It also wasn't necessary for copyright holders to prove that the protected content was actually being accessed through the providers they were targeting. [...]

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405270230441840457946484107...

[TorrentFreak] Court Orders Usenet Provider to Prevent Copyright Infringement

German music collecting society and anti-piracy group GEMA is reporting a legal victory over a popular Usenet service provider. GEMA says it has obtained a "ground breaking" court injunction which compels UseNeXT to prevent copyright infringement on a selection of songs in GEMA's repertoire or face being held liable for their misuse. [...]

The precise details have not yet been made public, but according to GEMA the injunction “extends the responsibility of services providers towards rights holders” in the event that copyright works are continually made available.

“In such a case, the service provider has an obligation to eliminate the danger created by him for illegal use of protected content, through the use of an appropriate filtering system, or if necessary, even the closure of the service,” GEMA said. [...]

http://torrentfreak.com/court-orders-usenet-provider-to-prevent-copyrigh...

[Vieuws] Safe Harbor: Reding warns US that progress is needed before summer

Leading ICT journalist Jennifer Baker is joined by Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights & Citizenship, to discuss data protection regulation and the EU-US Safe Harbor agreement. [...]

In the interview, Commissioner Reding shares her enthusiasm about the European Parliament’s approval of the Data Protection Package: “Parliament was capable to melt together the conflicting ideas of citizens and economy into one action”. Regarding the Safe Harbor agreement, the Commissioner is more sceptical: “the Safe Harbor does not look very safe now and, therefore, I gave the US counterparts a 13 point to-do list, which should be completed by summer of this year”. [...]

http://www.vieuws.eu/ict/safe-harbor-reding-warns-us-that-progress-is-ne...

[Gigaom] Brazilian lawmakers approve bill of online rights, minus local storage requirements

The lower house of Brazil’s Congress has approved the country’s first bill of online rights, the Marco Civil da Internet. If passed by the Senate and signed off by the president, the bill would entrench net neutrality in Brazilian law and limit the liability of web platforms if users upload certain types of unlawful content.

However, while the bill would force international web firms to adhere to Brazilian privacy law in legal disputes regarding local citizens, it would not require companies such as Google and Facebook to store data on Brazilians within Brazil’s borders. [...]

http://gigaom.com/2014/03/26/brazilian-lawmakers-approve-bill-of-online-...

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