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[ArsTechnica] Dropbox clarifies its policy on reviewing shared files for DMCA issues

For years now, Internet users have accepted the risk of files and content they share through various online services being subject to takedown requests based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and/or content-matching algorithms. But users have also gotten used to treating services like Dropbox as their own private, cloud-based file storage and sharing systems, facilitating direct person-to-person file transfer without having to worry. [...]

The whole kerfuffle started yesterday evening, when one Darrell Whitelaw tweeted a picture of an error he received when trying to share a link to a Dropbox file via IM. The Dropbox webpage warned him and his friend that "certain files in this folder can't be shared due to a takedown request in accordance with the DMCA." [...]

Dropbox did confirm to Ars that it checks publicly shared file links against hashes of other files that have been previously subject to successful DMCA requests.

[TechDirt] USTR Starts To Panic Over Calls To Take Corporate Sovereignty Out Of TAFTA/TTIP

Glyn Moody takes to task the recent publication by the USTR on the ISDS included in TAFTA.

"The pressure is really building on the US and EU over the corporate sovereignty provisions in TAFTA/TTIP. As we reported back in January, the European Commission has put on hold the negotiations for the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) chapter while it conducts a public consultation on the subject. The USTR seemed to be trying to tough it out, but it has finally cracked and released what it calls "The Facts on Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Safeguarding the Public Interest and Protecting Investors" in an attempt to bolster support for the idea. [...] "

[ElDiario][es] Brasil aprueba el Marco Civil de Internet, modelo para la Carta Magna de la Red

El Congreso brasileño aprueba el Marco Civil de Internet, una iniciativa de la sociedad civil que garantiza la neutralidad de la red y el derecho a la privacidad de las comunicaciones, entre otras cosas.

El documento será usado en el vital encuentro internacional Net Mundial de São Paulo, a finales de abril, para intentar construir una Carta Magna que regule Internet globalmente. [...]

A falta de que el Senado brasileño ratifique la ley, el Marco Civil se ha convertido en el documento más vanguardista sobre derechos y gobernanza de Internet. En su artículo número 9 la neutralidad de la red, tan deseada por las organizaciones que luchan por los derechos digitales, queda garantizado: "El responsable por la transmisión, conmutación o roteamiento tiene el deber de tratar de la misma forma cualquier paquete de datos, sin distinción por contenido, origen y destino, servicio, terminal o aplicación". [...]

A parte de su contenido, la gran peculiaridad del Marco Civil de Internet es que ha sido un proceso cocinado en red por la sociedad civil. La idea original surgió a partir de un artículo de Ronaldo Lemos , publicado en mayo de 2007 . El Ministerio de Justiça, el Ministerio de Cultura (MINC) y la Fundação Getúlio Vargas lanzaron en octubre de 2009 un proceso colaborativo al que se fueron incorporando diferentes activistas y organizaciones. [...]

[NYTimes] European Lawmakers Prepare to Vote on ‘Net Neutrality’

[…] The online habits of customers like Mr. Herbert, and their ability to pay, are the focus of digital policy legislation on which lawmakers from the European Union’s 28 member countries plan to vote Thursday in Brussels. A key part of the legislation is so-called net neutrality. The rules are meant to ensure equitable access to Internet’s pipelines for services like streaming music, on-demand television and cloud computing. […]

Consumer advocacy groups, meanwhile, say their main concern is that the new rules would make Internet access unaffordable for many Europeans. And they warn that the network economics could end up favoring American juggernauts like Google, Netflix or Amazon, to the detriment of providers of European content and services.

The vote “will either mark an unprecedented advance toward the protection of our fundamental rights, or mark the final days of the open Internet as we know it,” said Félix Tréguer, co-founder of the La Quadrature du Net, an advocacy group in Paris. […]

[TorrentFreak] Microsoft Censors TorrentFreak For Security Reasons

[...] As with all filters, however, there are false positives. TorrentFreak, for example, is often categorized as a file-sharing site, and blocked to prevent copyright infringement or other associated “threats”.

Apparently this is also happening at Microsoft, where the filter managed by the local information security risk management department blocks TorrentFreak on the internal network. Microsoft employees who try to access our site are welcomed with the following message.

“The requested resource has been blocked as an identified risk to your client and the Microsoft corporate network.”

The notice shows that TorrentFreak is blocked under the “peer-to-peer file sharing” category. A false positive, of course, and one that results in a form of overblocking many perfectly secure and legitimate sites are suffering from. [...]

[ArsTechnica] UK will finally allow citizens to legally rip CDs

An update to UK copyright law means that from June 1, 2014 it will no longer be illegal to make copies of CDs—or e-books or any other media—that you have bought for personal use.

According to current law, it is actually illegal to copy a CD for backup or to play the music on an MP3 player or mobile. It's also illegal to format shift an e-book you've bought from one device to another. Under new exceptions to copyright law, first initiated by the 2011 Hargreaves Review, people will be no longer be committing a crime by format shifting copies of CDs, e-books, or films they have bought. [...]

[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?

[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? [...]

[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.

[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.

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