The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
See also our French press review.
An interview of Edward Snowden by the leftist US American paper The Nation. The first few questions are very mundane but quickly the interview zeroes in on questions on political movements, including Occupy Wallstreet, and an exploration of historical and other related processes.
[Techdirt] Spain Passes Copyright Law; Demands Payment For Snippets And Linking To Infringing Content
Apparently ignoring just how badly this worked out for publishers in Germany, the Spanish Parliament has passed a law to fine aggregators and search engines for using snippets or linking to infringing content. As plenty of folks have described, the bill is clearly just a Google tax. As we had discussed, the proposed bill would be a disaster for digital commons/open access projects. There had been some thought that the proposed bill might be delayed because of a referral to the EU Court of Justice on a related issue, but apparently that didn't happen. Either way, it looks like the bill kept the ridiculous "inalienable right" to being paid for snippets -- meaning that Creative Commons-type licenses may not even be allowed, and people won't even be allowed to offer up their content for free. That's ridiculous. […]
The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reportedly close to proposing a "hybrid approach" to network neutrality in which Internet service providers would be partially reclassified as common carriers, letting the commission take a harder stance against Internet fast lane deals. […]
As reported Thursday by The Wall Street Journal, the broadband service that ISPs offer to consumers would be maintained as a lightly regulated information service. But the FCC would reclassify the service that ISPs offer at the other end of the network to content providers who deliver data over Internet providers' pipes. This would be a common carrier service subject to utility-style regulation under Title II of the Communications Act. […]
The proposal Wheeler is considering now "would leave the door open for broadband providers to offer specialized services for, say, videogamers or online video providers, which require a particularly large amount of bandwidth," the Journal wrote. "The proposal would also allow the commission to explore usage-based pricing at some point, in which consumers are charged based on how much data they use and companies are able to subsidize traffic to their websites or applications." […]
Recent studies have echoed extremely pessimistic analysis of the impact of copyright infringement on the European economy. But these are often based on false, misleading assumptions, writes Heini Järvinen. […]
EurActiv reported recently on a new BASCAP TERA Associates study on the allegedly vast cost of copyright infringement to the European economy. The hugely negative analysis for the European economy has generated headlines across Europe. […]
The study builds its argument for stronger enforcement on the modest decline in overall creative sector employment since 2008. However, when this sector is disaggregated, there is no correspondence between employment changes and exposure to piracy in the key component industries. As TERA acknowledges, industries with among the highest exposure to online infringement saw job growth in the period, not decline. In theory, ”piracy” may negatively affect these industries, but the study fails to demonstrate any such impact. Job decline took place almost entirely in sectors with more limited exposure to piracy and more direct challenges associated with the shift to online markets, such as publishing and retail. […]
[TheRegister] France To Draft Blacklist Banning Alleged Piracy Websites — What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
France looks set to increase funding and power for its controversial piracy-battling Hadopi agency. […]
Hadopi (Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur l’internet) has not been particularly successful, and has seen its budget steadily decline from a high of €12m to just €6m for 2015. […]
Pellerin described the blacklists as "interesting and sensible."
"The establishment and the publication of blacklists appear to be perfectly in line with the competencies of the Hadopi," said Pellerin.
But EDRi sees the mechanism as "censorship." […]
When it comes to dealing with terrorism US intelligence community feels like it operates with one hand tied behind their back because of whistleblowers like Snowden and Manning, intelligence analyst Glenmore Trenear-Harvey told RT. […]
Benjamin Sonntag, Co-founder La-Quadrature du Net, on whistleblowing: "That is obvious [that the latest US whistleblower’s name hasn’t been released] because there is an inquiry in progress. So they would certainly not say anything until they have some kind of proof or some kind of name or arrest that person. What is true is that we have a lot of information saying that there is certainly a second whistleblower. The main problem is that Mr. Obama is continuing his policy which consists of attacking whistleblowers and not protecting them like it should be." […]
"It looks like [there will be more whistleblowers in time]. Edward Snowden released his data because of Chelsea Manning, the former marine who was accused of leaking the cables and documents on Iraq and Afghan war. Basically Edward Snowden invited other people to leak and to blow the whistle on the abusing power of the NSA and the other administrations." […]
In what is thought to be the first ruling of its kind, the High Court in the UK has determined that ISPs must try to block sites selling counterfeit goods. […]
The case was brought by luxury brands in the Richemont/Cartier group, demanding that the UK’s five major ISPs – BSkyB, BT, EE, TalkTalk, and VirginMedia – block six websites sporting fake versions of their brands and selling counterfeit goods. […]
Controversially, the decision leaves ISPs responsible for all costs. Though the costs of blocking one website are minor, the attractiveness of this remedy to rightholders means that this is likely to have significant cumulative effect, placing a large burden on businesses that already suffer the heat of overzealous copyright enforcers and surveillance hoarders. […]
Günther Oettinger, the EU's incoming Digital Commissioner, has announced plans to reform existing copyright laws within one year, indicating the likely addition of an EU "Google-tax", similar to that applicable in Germany. EurActiv.de reports. […]
In a recent debate with Google chief Eric Schmidt in Berlin, German Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel criticised the fact that Google uses information published by the press and does not pay for it. […]
In practice, German ancillary law has required all news aggregators and search engines from the media collecting society, except Google, to pay usage fees, according to Julia Reda, an MEP from the Pirate Party in Germany.
It remains unclear whether or not Oettinger was referring to German ancillary copyright law in his statement, Reda wrote on her blog. But, she added, it is safe to say that his proposal should be considered a failure. […]
There’s a battle going on, and it’s raging for the future of the Internet. From net neutrality, to the so-called right to be forgotten, to the multi-stakeholder or multilateral approach to Internet Governance, several bodies and institutions are busy at forging the future of what is probably the greatest human invention of recent times. […]
Revelations about the widespread surveillance of electronic communications made by former NSA’s analyst Edward Snowden have pushed some States (like Germany) to promote the idea of building up a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States. […]
“There is a risk of balkanization of the Internet, but not for this reason,” Philippe Aigrain, co-founder of the website La Quadrature du Net and member of the French Parliamentary Committee on Law and Rights in the Digital Age, tells me. “The real risk, is that to protect authoritarian regimes or for purposes of copyright enforcement, censorship or the protection of some local economic interests, a growing number of states would try to control data flows entering or exiting them.” […]
Web fighters battling for Internet equality. Assange ally Jeremy Zimmerman explains why it's such an important clash to win.