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[Quo Media Italy] Black out dei siti francesi contro la legge Hadopi

Per il sito ‘la quadrature du net’ nessuno sciopero ma un segnale molto chiaro di protesta nei confronti del governo e delle sue decisioni riguardo a internet.

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La legge in questione si chiamata Hadopi e dovrebbe permettere alle società d’autori di chiedere ai fornitori di accesso internet l’identificazione delle persone basandosi sugli indirizzi IP.

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http://quomedia.diesis.it/news/16627/black-out-dei-siti-francesi-contro-...

[Futurezone] Proteste gegen Internet-Sperren in Frankreich - futurezone.ORF.at

Während sich die Internet Society (ISOC) und Bürgerrechtler auf die Lesung des französischen Netzsperrengesetzes vorbereiten, verzeichnen die französischen Kinos Besucherrekorde - trotz angeblicher Schäden durch Piraterie.
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Der französische Ableger der ISOC sprach sich am Dienstag zum dritten Mal gegen das Gesetz aus. Die Netzsperren seien nutzlos, da sich die systematischen Urheberrechtsverletzer auf andere technische Lösungen verlagern würden, beispielsweise auf Filesharing über gesicherte Verbindungen.
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Die Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net rief die französischen Internet-User zur Online-Demo auf. Sie weisen darauf hin, dass eine Massenmobilisierung der User dazu geführt habe, dass die Regierung Neuseelands ein ähnliches Sperrprojekt aufgegeben habe. Die Bürger sollten außerdem an ihre Abgeordneten schreiben und sie darüber in Kenntnis setzen, dass sie Netzüberwachung und Netzsperren ablehnen.
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http://futurezone.orf.at/stories/1502874/

[Gulli] Zensur in Frankreich: Öffentlicher Hotspotverkehr bald gefiltert

Die Création et Internet soll in Frankreich Filesharing eindämmen. Der Kultusminister will dies durch Whitelists für öffentliche Hotspots vorantreiben.

"Das dunkle Zeitalter des französischen Internets hat begonnen", so schreibt La Quadrature du Net über die weitergehenden Hirngespinste und Krämpfe der französischen Regierung.

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http://www.gulli.com/news/zensur-in-frankreich-2009-02-24/

[Spiegel] Netzwelt-Ticker: Geheimkamera-Gerücht schürt Paranoia

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Musikindustrie erreicht Internetsperren gegen Pirate Bay

Die Musikindustrie hat nach jahrelangem Rechtsstreit erreicht, dass mit Eircom der größte Provider Irlands Internetsperren gegen Tauschbörsennutzer errichtet.

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Auf EU-Ebene wird derzeit auch über Netzsperren verhandelt. Medienberichten zufolge beharrt das EU-Parlament derzeit noch auf seiner wiederholt vorgebrachten Missbilligung von Internetsperren im Kampf gegen Urheberrechtsverletzungen, so Heise.de. Laut der europäischen Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net ist der umstrittene Medina-Bericht des Sozialisten Manuel Medina Ortega zur "Harmonisierung des Urheberrechts" erstmal vom Tisch.

http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,609551,00.html

[Heise.de] EU-Parlament begräbt vorerst Forderung nach Netzsperren bei Copyright-Verstößen

Das EU-Parlament bleibt vorerst bei seiner wiederholt vorgebrachten Missbilligung von Internetsperren im Kampf gegen Urheberrechtsverletzungen. So ist der umstrittene Bericht des Sozialisten Manuel Medina Ortega zur "Harmonisierung des Urheberrechts" laut der Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net vom Tisch.

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Jérémie Zimmermann, Mitgründer von La Quadrature du Net, feiert die Beerdigung des Vorstoßes als Erfolg "tausender E-Mails und Telefonanrufe" besorgter Nutzer bei den Parlamentariern. Dies sei ein Beweis dafür, dass eine gut informierte Bürgerschaft mehr erreichen könne als "kleine, obskure Lobbygruppen der Industrie".

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http://www.heise.de/newsticker/EU-Parlament-begraebt-vorerst-Forderung-n...

[Washington Internet Daily] Graduated Response' to Digital Piracy Debate Continues to Roil European Legislatures

A report on copyright in the digital environment stalled in the European Parliament last week after an outcry over provisions backing a "graduated response" to online infringement, and ISP responsibility for controlling piracy, said French civil liberties group Squaring the Net. The report, by Manuel Medina Ortega, European Socialist Group, Spain, responds to a European Commission discussion paper on copyright issues in the knowledge economy.

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Meanwhile, French Socialist members of parliament, preparing to vote on the controversial "Creation and Internet" law that sets up a graduated response regime for online infringement, introduced a proposal for a "creative contribution" for non-commercial music exchanges over P2P networks, said Philippe Aigrain, CEO of the Society for Public Information Spaces.

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[Teknofil Norway] Stor seier for nettbrukere

Fryktet tap av velgere

Ifølge den franske foreningen La Quadrature du Net ble lovforslaget forkastet av gruppen som originalt fremmet forslaget. Det spanske parlamentsmedlemmet Manuel Medina Ortega var den som først fremmet forslaget. Av frykt for velgerfrafall har han og hans gruppering nå valgt å trekke forslaget. Ifølge La Quadrature du Net tilsvarer dette en definitiv stopper for forslaget.

- Denne teksten vil i lang tid stå som det perfekte eksempel på hvordan underholdningsindustrien vil bruke opphavsretten for å bekjempe teknologi og sine kunder. Når teksten nå forkastes gir det et sterkt håp om en fremtid hvor opphavsretten i stede blir brukt for å utforske hvordan kunstnere kan benytte et åpent internett både til fordel for dem selv og for kulturen, sier grunnlegger av La Quadrature du Net, Jérémie Zimmermann i en pressemelding.

http://www.teknofil.no/wip4/stor_seier_nettbrukere/d.epl?id=35777

El dogmatismo del Copyright temporalmente expulsado del Parlamento Europeo.

La Quadrature du Net acoge con agrado la confirmación de que el informe Medina, el texto más ridículo visto en años sobre el Copyright en el Parlamento Europeo, fue expulsado.

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La Quadrature du Net agradece afectuosamente a cada uno de los ciudadanos y cada una de las organizaciones que se dirigieron a los miembros del Parlamento Europeo para informarles de los peligros del Informe Medina.

"Juntos somos fuertes, y mañana seremos aún más fuertes. Las industrias que apoyaron este texto y que deseaban que fuese votado de forma oscura, deben aceptar el cambio, y dejar de intentar dañar nuestra libertad para proteger sus obsoletos modelos de negocio" concluye Zimmermann.

http://www.internautas.org/html/5416.html

[P2P Foundation] Who wants Net Discrimination in Europe? Net Neutrality in immediate danger

** Paris, Feb.16th. Amendments in the European Parliament to the "Telecoms Package"[1] may allow operators to take control of their customer's usage of the Net. According to amendments pushed by AT&T, "network management practices" could be used to discriminate what content, services and applications users could access and use. Such "net discrimination" causes great risks to the very structure of Internet, and its innovation and growth models. It is also a massive threat to user's rights and freedoms. Who would want this for Europe? **

On Feb 19th will officially begin the second reading of the "Telecoms Package" in the European Parliament. In reality, at the very same moment, a political agreement may be reached after ongoing opaque negotiations between the rapporteurs, the Commission and the Council. Insights from the Parliament reveal that extremely disturbing provisions[2] defended by telecom operators, and mainly the US giant AT&T[3], might get through. Using the intentionally vague wording of "network management policies", operators may be authorised to get total control of the network and their users' activities.

"At this stage of the procedure, what the rapporteur is ready to accept is likely to be voted in plenary. The responsability of promoting, or conversely opposing to, extra-european interests going against internal market and consumer protection, is lying on his shoulders." explains Gérald Sédrati-Dinet, analyst for La Quadrature du Net.

Such a scheme of "net discrimination" would allow operators to prioritise or deprioritise, allow or forbid, access to content and services, as well as usage of applications. On the pretext of addressing network congestions and using the fear of a "collapse of the Internet"[4], and in the name of "diversifying their offerings"[5] operators want to get the ability to filter their networks content and usage in order to sell more services.

"Allowing operators to choose what their users can do with their access would be a major disruption in Internet's model of growth and its innovation. Such 'net discrimination' would lead to access to operator-controlled networks that would not deserve to be called 'Internet' anymore, like on the mobile phones where VoIP, filesharing and streaming are filtered. Members of the European Parliament, and especially the rapporteurs, must frame 'network management policies' to what is strictly necessary to guarantee the security of the networks and of their users." concludes Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net.

http://p2pfoundation.ning.com/xn/detail/2003008:BlogPost:9536

[boingboing] New Zealand netizens go black in protest of new "no-proof" copyright law that cuts off your Internet on accusation

The previous government in New Zealand enacted an amendment to the Copyright Act that required ISPs to have a policy to disconnect users after repeated accusations of infringement, over the objections of technologists. While it's possible to have a policy that requires proof rather than accusation, APRA (the RIAA of New Zealand) strongly opposes any such attempts at reasonable interpretation of Section 92. The minor parties in the coalition government oppose the "three accusations and you're offline" section and want it repealed. This is the last week before that law is due to come into effect and the Creative Freedom Foundation, a group formed to represent artists and citizens who oppose the section, has a week of protest planned to convince the ruling National Party to repeal S92.

The first day's action was blacking out Twitter and Facebook avatars. I did it, as did Channel 3 Business News, a Creative Director at Saatchi and Saatchi, oh and Stephen Fry. Kudos to Juha Saarinen who first put out the call. This is building up to a full Internet blackout day on February 23rd. I'm delighted to say that the idea was formed at Kiwi Foo Camp, and the folks who were at Kiwi Foo have been running wild with it--building banners, releasing templates, spreading the word.

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/02/16/new-zealand-netizens.html

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