Press review about Net censorship

[WSJ] Robert McDowell: The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom

Top-down, international regulation is antithetical to the Net, which has flourished under its current governance model.

[] Polish protesters fight for internet freedoms

Eastern Europe's tradition of political revolt has met the digital age. This time it's not communists or food shortages fuelling fury, but an international copyright treaty that opponents say threatens freedom on the internet. [...]

« Most of the people who have gone to the streets are young and don't remember communism themselves, but Polish society as an entity remembers, » said Jaroslaw Lipszyc, the president of the Modern Poland Foundation, an organization devoted to education and developing an information society.

[Timesofmalta] The deactivation of Acta

Acta is an international agreement created by the United States and Japan – and in some cases signed without public consultation – but excluding some European countries like Germany, Latvia, Poland and the Czech Republic and negotiated in secret with main international companies.[...]

[Fsrn] Headlines for Friday, February 17, 2012 : ACTA dealt blow by European court


Europe's highest court has ruled that online services such as Facebook and YouTube cannot be forced to police their customers' use of music, movies or other copyrighted material. Digital activists say it's another blow to the anti-piracy initiative known as ACTA From France, FSRN's Liam Moriarty has more.

[] EU Court of Justice announced a win for privacy

The European Court of Justice has announced a win for privacy online in its decision that monitoring and filtering online content is unlawful and unfair.

In a ruling on the Sabam v. Netlog case (PDF), it said, « The owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to install a general filtering system, covering all its users, in order to prevent the unlawful use of musical and audio-visual work. »

[] ECJ rules hosting sites cannot be made to filter content in another blow to ACTA

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday that forcing hosting services to monitor and filter online content is a violation of European law, dealing another blow to the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). [...]

The decision is of large significance after recent attempts by the entertainment and music industries to force hosting services to screen all users' communications in order to block potentially copyright-infringing content. [...]

[IBTimes] EU Court: Social Networks Can't Be Piracy Brakes

Online social networks cannot be forced to block users from downloading songs illegally, as this would push up their costs and infringe privacy, Europe's highest court said on Thursday, adding to a worldwide debate on internet policing. [...]

"The owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to install a general filtering system, covering all its users, in order to prevent the unlawful use of musical and audio-visual work," the ECJ said in a statement. [...]

[Guardian] Acta loses more support in Europe

Support for Acta in Europe is waning as both Bulgaria and the Netherlands refuse to ratify the international anti-piracy agreement.

Bulgaria will not ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement over fears it will curb freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage internet surveillance, economy minister Traicho Traikov said on Tuesday.

[HindustanTimes] Protests erupt against web piracy treaty

Tens of thousands of protesters took part in rallies across Europe on Saturday against an international anti-piracy agreement they fear will curb their freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage Internet surveillance. More than 25,000 demonstrators braved freezing temperatures in German cities to march against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) [...]

[BoingBoing] Lockdown: The coming war on general-purpose computing

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General-purpose computers are astounding. They're so astounding that our society still struggles to come to grips with them, what they're for, how to accommodate them, and how to cope with them. This brings us back to something you might be sick of reading about: copyright.

[Guardian] Sopa and Pipa: don't let big business break the internet

The lesson is that new technologies that look like threats can become glorious opportunities. But there's still no evidence that media moguls have grasped that simple idea.

Which brings us to the internet and the Sopa opera currently playing to packed audiences in the US Congress. The initials stand for the "Stop Online Piracy Act" and it is currently before the House of Representatives, which for these purposes is a fully paid-up branch of the movie industry.[...]

[TorrentFreak] How SOPA Can Kill Reddit and Many Other US Sites

Supporters of SOPA and PIPA, two bills that aim to deter piracy, claim that they will only affect foreign sites and businesses. However, this view is not shared by a wide range of opponents, including the people behind the popular Reddit community. But how exactly can SOPA and PIPA threaten sites like Reddit? Leading First Amendment lawyer and Internet policy expert Marvin Ammori explains.

[NetworkWorld] EU foreign ministers stick up for Wikileaks

The European Union's foreign ministers issued a statement on Thursday reiterating the rights of whistleblowing websites such as Wikileaks.

The committee is concerned that politically motivated pressure on Internet platforms and online service providers could undermine the rights to freedom of expression and association that are guaranteed under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The committee also expressed concern about the threat to these rights caused by cyberattacks against such websites.

[IP-Watch] EU Parliament Seminar Looks At Risks Of Outsourcing Policing Of Internet

Self-regulation and its potential pitfalls when it comes to circumvention of due process by pushing enforcement to intermediaries was the subject of a seminar held in Brussels today (7 December).

That intermediaries would be in a “perfectly balanced position to make rulings on illegality” was one the ten myths about “privatized policing and law enforcement” presented by Joe McNamee, political analyst at European Digital Rights [...]

[Cnet] DHS abruptly abandons copyright seizure of hip-hop blog

A bizarre attempt by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to seize the domain name of a hip-hop blog accused of copyright infringement ended today with the government abruptly abandoning the lawsuit.