The press review catalogues press articles related to la Quadrature's issues, compiled by its volunteers.
See also our French press review.
[...] [In the Netherlands] downloading and copying movies and music for personal use is not punishable by law. In return, the Dutch compensate rightsholders through a “piracy levy” on writable media, hard drives and electronic devices with storage capacity, including smartphones.
In a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice has declared this system unlawful. The case was brought by several electronics stores and manufacturers, whose products were made more expensive because of the levy.
In its judgment the Court held that the levy system is a threat to the internal market and that it puts copyright holders at an unfair disadvantage. [...]
[LaJornada] "Ataque directo a la libertad de expresión", la iniciativa de Peña en telecomunicaciones
Cualquier intento por restringir o limitar el acceso a Internet debe entenderse como un ataque directo a la libertad de expresión, advirtió Jérémie Zimmermann, tras señalar que la iniciativa de regulación secundaria a la Ley de Telecomunicaciones, enviada por el gobierno de Enrique Peña Nieto al Congreso, es absolutamente contraria a la apertura que se buscaba con la reforma en el sector, pues tiende a monopolizar este servicio.
Zimmermann, hacker activista de los derechos digitales y cofundador del proyecto La quadrature du net, condenó esta "regresión" del gobierno mexicano y alertó sobre los efectos que las leyes secundarias, de ser aprobadas en sus términos, tendrían sobre la libertad de expresión, la seguridad y la privacidad digital. [...]
Europe’s top court has ruled that EU law forcing telecom operators to store customer data for up to two years was illegal, in a decision that will force a change to European privacy laws.
The European Court of Justice said on Tuesday that the requirement for companies to retain data interferes in a “particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.”
The court’s ruling on Thursday relates to a 2006 EU law known as the Data Retention Directive [...]
[...] In a judgment delivered on Tuesday, the ECJ, Europe's highest court, declared that the [data retention] directive is "invalid" because it "interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data."
The decision, following requests from the Irish and Austrian courts, is a blow to Theresa May's plans to push through a data retention scheme which would collect and store data from UK citizens' internet and phone use for up to 12 months for later examination.
[...] European governments will now have to to draft new legislation on data scrutiny to help prevent serious crimes such as terrorism, while also narrowing the law's scope to conform with the verdict.
Facebook has removed a page entitled "Soldiers deserve to be raped and murdered" - but not because of its subject matter. [...]
Facebook's Community Standards state that it will remove content where it perceives there to be a "genuine risk of physical harm" and that members may not "credibly threaten others, or organise acts of real-world violence".
However, a spokesman for the social network indicated that the threat had not been specific enough for its complaints team to act on. [...]
By contrast, La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) - a Paris-based group that campaigns for internet users' rights - said it was concerned that a company with as much influence as Facebook should be left to make such decisions.
"A judge may or may not have considered that this was a direct call to violence, and on that ground may or may not have asked Facebook to remove it - and this is how it should be," said the group's co-founder Jeremie Zimmermann.
"[Instead] Facebook has become a sort of parallel justice with its own rules that we cannot fully understand.
"This is a major problem for whoever believes their speech is protected on Facebook." [...]
Singapore's Ministry of Law has decided that a “three strikes” regime for online copyright infringement is too intrusive for Internet users, and has excluded such an approach from consultations over takedown mechanisms.
The consultation, described in full here, is canvassing changes to that country's copyright act to deal with online copyright infringement.
Interesting article describing some of the reasons why it's hard to start an ISP (in the USA), including tactics that bigger companies use to make it harder. Describes business models which touches on the question of Net Neutrality.
It's pretty hard to enrage free software advocates, the Creative Commons movement, and anti-overreaching copyright and anti-censorship camps with a single move, so 'congratulations' to Sony for managing that today. Thanks to a bogus DMCA takedown, the Blender Institute's open movie 'Sintel' is now blocked on YouTube. [...]
[...] Businesses that stand to benefit from the agreement have better access to both the documents and our representatives, and yet, the USTR continues to protest that it's open and transparent.
[...] [USTR Michael] Froman listed IP as the top priority for worldwide trade agreements: “[...] the Obama Administration is committed to protecting intellectual property (IP), [...] encouraging the free flow of information across the digital world, and ensuring access to medicines, particularly by the poor in less developed economies.”
But that's all a lie [...]. The TPP is fighting cheap medicine on several fronts. [...] The USTR isn't interested in the free flow of information related to the TPP negotiations, so it's highly unlikely it has any interest in "encouraging the free flow of information across the digital world." The phrase "supporting the freedom of the internet" doesn't sound right coming from an entity that was one of ACTA's biggest supporters, and one backed by some of SOPA's biggest supporters.
It was a closely-fought contest, but Europe’s crucial telecoms package has passed through its first European Parliament vote, as have amendments that remove loopholes that would have clashed with the open internet. [...]
In a statement, Amelia Andersdotter, the Swedish member of the European Parliament (MEP) who heads up the Pirate faction in the European Parliament, said: “Thankfully, a majority of MEPs has seen sense today and voted to uphold the principle of net neutrality in the EU. The proposals by the Commission, which would essentially have given large providers the all-clear for discriminating against users as they see fit, have been revised. Today’s vote would explicitly provide for net neutrality and will hopefully ensure a level playing field for all online services and users, providing for a more open internet environment in which innovation is encouraged.” [...]