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[TorrentFreak] MPAA Lobbies Lawmakers On Internet Tax And Net Neutrality

Every year the MPAA spends millions of dollars in Washington to guarantee their anti-piracy interests are secured. In the most recent quarter the Hollywood group added several of its topics to the agenda of U.S. lawmakers, including Internet tax and net neutrality. […]

The MPAA’s most recent lobbying disclosure form (pdf) has added several new topics that weren’t on the agenda last quarter. Among other issues, the movie group lobbied the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on Internet tax, net neutrality and online service provider liability. […]

Net neutrality for example. While the MPAA hasn’t got involved publicly in the recent net neutrality discussions, it clearly has something to tell to lawmakers. The Hollywood group most likely wants to assure that its anti-piracy efforts aren’t hindered by future legislation. […]

http://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-lobbies-lawmakers-internet-tax-net-neutrali...

[NYTimes] Europe Shifts on Priorities for Telecoms

[...] the [EU]’s top policy makers [are set to give] investment and costlier [telecom] services higher priorities than affordability and antitrust worries.

The details of their plans are expected take shape now that a new European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, began its five-year term on Saturday.

The commission’s new digital chiefs recently expressed support for plans that would loosen the region’s strict rules on telecom mergers.

“Concentration in the telecom market gives space for business models that limit online freedom,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature de Net, a consumer advocacy group based in Paris. [...]

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/03/technology/europe-shifts-on-priorities...

[Arstechnica] Copyright Office to consider 6th round of exemptions for dodging DRM

Since 1998, breaking most types of digital locks, often called Digital Rights Management (DRM), is against the law. [...]

[...] Every three years, the Copyright Office accepts petitions on what activities should get an "exemption" under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The sixth tri-annual rulemaking is now upon us, and the deadline is this Monday, November 3. [...]

Past exemptions have only been granted a handful of times. In the last round, for example, exemptions were granted for things like using short clips of DVDs for use in documentaries or for making educational clips. [...]

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/10/drm-blocking-your-new-project...

[TheNation] Edward Snowden: A 'Nation' Interview

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.

http://www.thenation.com/print/article/186129/snowden-exile-exclusive-in...

[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. […]

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141030/17102328990/spain-passes-copy...

[ArsTechnica] FCC Reportedly Close To Reclassifying ISPs As Common Carriers

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." […]

http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/10/fcc-reportedly-close-to-reclassi...

[EurActiv] Copyright Reform: Weak Research Will Produce Bad Policy

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. […]

http://www.euractiv.com/sections/innovation-enterprise/copyright-reform-...

[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." […]

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/23/france_internet_blacklist/

[RT] ‘Whistleblowers Do Incredible Damage To US Intelligence’

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." […]

http://rt.com/op-edge/200403-whistleblower-usa-justice-security-snowden

[TheGuardian] Internet Service Providers Must Help Crack Down On Fake Goods, High Court Rules

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. […]

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/20/internet-service-provi...

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