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[TheGuardian] EU court of justice overturns law that would enable 'snoopers' charter'

[...] 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.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/08/eu-court-overturns-law...

[BBC] Facebook wipes page saying soldiers should be murdered

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." [...]

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26938007

[TheRegister] Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

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.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/08/block_infringing_sites_dont_snoo...

[ArsTechnica] One big reason we lack Internet competition: Starting an ISP is really hard

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.

http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/04/one-big-reason-we-lack-internet-...

[TorrentFreak] Sony Blocks Creative Commons Movie With Bogus DMCA Takedown

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. [...]

http://torrentfreak.com/sony-blocks-creative-commons-movie-with-bogus-dm...

[TechDirt] USTR Claims 1,200 Meetings With Congress Just As Good As Actual Transparency

[...] 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.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140404/12180926802/ustr-claims-1200-m...

[Gigaom] European Parliament passes strong net neutrality law, along with major roaming reforms

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.” [...]

http://gigaom.com/2014/04/03/european-parliament-passes-strong-net-neutr...

[TechDirt] Everything Old Is Unavailable Again: How Copyright Has Ebooks Operating In The 1800s

Nothing sucks more than a great new technology with old-world thinking attached to it. Such has been the case with ebooks, unfortunately, with antiquated views on DRM, pricing, and storefront protectionism resulting in pissed off customers and libraries hollering from the nearest rooftop. [...]

[...] If a student in Freiburg wants to read the hard-copy version of a book from the university library in Basel, he or she can simply order it via an interlibrary loan. But if only an electronic version is available, interlibrary loans are generally not an option. The student has no choice but to climb into a train and head to Switzerland to read the book on a university computer.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140330/16413526737/everything-old-is-...

[Repubblica] Neutralità della Rete, la Ue inizia dal taglio dei roaming. Verso il mercato unico

Il Parlamento europeo punta su una definizione chiara di net neutrality, secondo cui gli operatori sono obbligati a trattare allo stesso modo tutto il traffico. Passando all'abbattimento di costi per facilitare comunicazioni e affari […]

Per capire la portata della novità, bisogna sapere che il testo della Commissione era stato molto contestato nei mesi scorsi dalle associazioni dei consumatori e dagli attivisti dei diritti di internet (come l'associazione Quadrature du Net) […]

http://www.repubblica.it/tecnologia/2014/04/03/news/neutralit_della_rete...

[BBC News] Net neutrality law adopted by European Parliament

The European Parliament has voted to restrict internet service providers' (ISPs) ability to charge data-hungry services for faster network access. […]

French digital rights campaign group La Quadrature du Net described the vote as being hugely important.

"The EU Parliament made clear that the internet commons should be free of corporate capture, and remain a space where freedom of communication and innovation can thrive," it said.

The BBC also signalled the law could also prove beneficial.

"The open internet remains a key distribution platform for existing offers like BBC iPlayer and innovative new services," said a spokesman. […]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26865869

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