Press review about Net censorship

[V3.Co.Uk] European court rules that ISPs can't be forced to block pirated content

ISPs cannot be legally obliged to monitor their customers' electronic communications and block the unauthorised transmission of copyrighted content, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled, in a landmark decision that will come as a blow to rights holders. […]

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of rights group La Quadrature du Net, welcomed the news, arguing that it is a blow for a European Commission that has until now "implicitly supported the broad filtering schemes" promoted by the creative industries. […]

[Guardian] Sopa condemned by web giants as 'internet blacklist bill'

Internet giants went on the attack on Wednesday, claiming legislation aimed at tackling online piracy would create an "internet blacklist bill" that would encourage censorship, kill jobs and give US authorities unrivalled powers over the world's websites.

[Jurist] French Copwatch Ruling Continues Trend of Censorship

JURIST Guest Columnist Félix Tréguer, Policy and Legal Analyst at La Quadrature du Net, says that the recent ruling blocking the Copwatch website in France is just another instance of censorship under the Sarkozy government which prevents French citizens from learning of police abuse and engaging in democratic governance...

[Guardian] Governments must not censor internet, says William Hague

The UK has issued a direct challenge to China and Russia over regulation of the internet, with William Hague insisting that cyberspace must not be "stifled by government control or censorship".

[TheWallStreetJournal] Blue Coat Acknowledges Syria Used Its Gear for Internet Censorship Amid Arab Spring

A U.S. company that makes Internet-blocking gear acknowledges that Syria has been using at least 13 of its devices to censor Web activity there—an admission that comes as the Syrian government cracks down on its citizens and silences their online activities.

Blue Coat executives say they don't know how the devices got to Syria. The company says it alerted U.S. authorities in recent days to the "improper transfer" and is cooperating with government inquiries.

[Techdirt] PROTECT IP Renamed E-PARASITES Act; Would Create The Great Firewall Of America

As was unfortunately expected, the House version of PROTECT IP has been released (embedded below) and it's ridiculously bad. [...] There are no two ways around this simple fact: this is an attempt to build the Great Firewall of America.[...]

[TheWashingtonPost] Syria using American software to censor Internet, experts say

Syria is using equipment and software developed by an American company to censor the Internet and conduct surveillance of its citizens, according to data analyzed by technology experts and advocates for Syrian dissidents.

Reports of Syria’s alleged use of Blue Coat products originated with Telecomix, a group founded by Swedish hackers in 2006 that has been providing support to dissidents in the Middle East.

[CBR] French court orders shut down of police monitoring site

A Paris court has ordered French Internet providers to block access to a website that displays images of police and personal information about their lives.

French authorities say that the website puts the lives of police officers at risk. The Interior Ministry and a police union had sought the blockage of the site.

But free speech campaigners have said that this could be another way for the governmnet to stiffle Internet freedoms in the country.

[InternationalHeraldTribune] Court Orders French Cop-Watching Site Blocked

A court here has ruled that French Internet service providers must block access to a Web site that shows pictures and videos of police officers arresting suspects, taunting protesters and allegedly committing acts of violence against members of ethnic minorities.

[...] free speech advocates reacted with alarm, saying the ruling, issued Friday, reflected a French tendency to restrict Internet freedoms.

[Guardian] Biggest four UK ISPs switching to 'opt-in' system for pornography

Subscribers to four of the UK's biggest internet service providers will have to "opt in" if they want to view sexually explicit websites, as part of government-sponsored curbs on online pornography.

The prime minister is expected to announce other moves in line with the review, such as restrictions on aggressive advertising campaigns and certain types of images on billboards.

[TheRegister] VeriSign demands website takedown powers

VeriSign, which manages the database of all .com internet addresses, wants powers to shut down "non-legitimate" domain names when asked to by law enforcement.

The company said today it wants to be able to enforce the "denial, cancellation or transfer of any registration" in any of a laundry list of scenarios where a domain is deemed to be "abusive".

Senior ICE agents are on record saying that they believe all .com addresses fall under US jurisdiction.

[NYTimes] Battling Internet Censorship Must Evolve, Study Says

A detailed study of Internet censorship in China and Iran shows that blocking techniques are changing rapidly and are becoming significant new obstacles for news organizations, governments and businesses.

The study, being published on Tuesday, focuses on Internet blocking faced by Iranian and Chinese visitors to BBC Web sites during periods of political unrest in the two countries over the last two years.

[TelecomPaper] Assembly votes to allow courts to block anti-consumer sites

The French national assembly [...] approved an article allowing fraud prevention authority DGCCRF to seek a judge's approval to require ISPs to block a website which breaks consumer protection law. [...] Internet users' association Quadrature du Net deplored that too many deputies still fail to understand the "great dangers" involved with website blocking, despite strong criticisms of web filtering.

[ComputerWorld] Pirate Bay website circumvents Belgian blocking

Following a court ruling last week ordering two Belgian Internet service providers to block access to the Pirate Bay website, the organization has set up a new domain name to help users get around the blockade.

Meanwhile digital civil liberties groups have criticized the court's ruling, saying that it undermines fundamental rights.