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[IpsNews] Could Europe’s Anti-Counterfeiting Pact be a "Pandora’s Box" of Rights Violations?

Foggy details surrounding Europe’s anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) have divided pubic opinion, with activists on one end of the spectrum claiming it to be the end of Internet freedom and the generic drug market, while proponents continue to defend the act as a "modest" agreement to protect Europe’s intellectual property. [...]

The importance of protecting European Union intellectual property is acknowledged by a broad sector of civil society but whether or not the ACTA is the answer remains to be seen, especially given concerns over how the agreement was negotiated and how it will be enforced. [...]

But a French citizen online advocacy group, La Quadrature du Net, insists De Gucht is lying to parliament members and downplaying ACTA’s far-reaching effects.

"By pretending that ACTA is inoffensive, Commissioner De Gucht is trying to hide the European Commission's immense responsibility in initiating a negotiation process circumventing democratic arenas," Philippe Aigrain, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net said. [...]

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106962

[Electronic Frontier Foundation] EFF Calls Foul on Robo-Takedowns

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal judge Monday to reject arguments from Warner Brothers Entertainment claiming that the company's automated scheme to send copyright infringement notices absolves it of responsibility for the system's major flaws.[...]

https://www.eff.org/press/releases/eff-calls-foul-robo-takedowns

[TheVerge] At MWC, carriers wage a sorry war on the free and open internet

Barcelona, Spain: a city so important to mobile, the GSM Association has crowned it "Mobile World Capital," home of the annual Mobile World Congress trade show, through 2018.[...]

"...YouTube is consuming a massive amount of resources on our network. Somebody's got to pay for that," said Airtel's Sunil Bharti Mittal, suggesting that the service pay an "interconnect charge" for the right to deliver its content to operators' subscribers.[...]

Make no mistake, neither YouTube nor any other service is going to establish hundreds of payment arrangements with carriers around the world, simply because they wish to establish a "bonus" revenue stream to fund capital investment. The next revolution of the connected world is entirely mobile, and if Mittal and his contemporaries get their way, this is the end of the internet as we know it.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/6/2833314/mwc-carriers-net-neutrality

[StraitsTimes] Committee to study ways to develop Singapore into IP hub

A new steering committee will be convened to study how Singapore can be developed into a hub for intellectual property (IP) […] It will comprise members from both the private and public sectors, […]

http://www.straitstimes.com/Parliament/Story/STIStory_774339.html

[Mediacenter.de] Italian free speech groups claim victory

During the furor over sweeping anti-piracy bills in the US and Europe, a digital rights saga in Italy has gone largely unnoticed. Free speech groups have led a revolt against the so-called 'Italian SOPA.'

So you've heard of SOPA, an American anti-piracy bill that was met with resounding opposition by websites from around the world. Within the past couple weeks, there have also been similar protests in Poland, Slovenia and Bulgaria against ACTA, a new major international treaty that also aims to stop online piracy. But a similar digital rights saga in Italy has gone largely unnoticed. Last week, Italian free speech and libertarian groups spearheaded a revolt against the so-called "Italian SOPA," a reference to the controversial U.S. anti-piracy bill.
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http://mediacenter.dw.de/english/audio/item/390529/

[Mediacenter.de] Spectrum

The Italian parliament rejects a bill that would have imposed strict intellectual property restrictions. Meanwhile, a Berlin-based site called 'Ask the State' helps citizens submit freedom of information requests to the German government. And, Austria scientists pioneer 'blind quantum computing.' And finally, is that Stradivarius violin really worth millions of dollars ?

Italian free speech groups claim victory
During the furor over sweeping anti-piracy bills in the US and Europe, a digital rights saga in Italy has gone largely unnoticed. Free speech groups have led a revolt against the so-called 'Italian SOPA.'

So you've heard of SOPA, an American anti-piracy bill that was met with resounding opposition by websites from around the world. Within the past couple weeks, there have also been similar protests in Poland, Slovenia and Bulgaria against ACTA, a new major international treaty that also aims to stop online piracy. But a similar digital rights saga in Italy has gone largely unnoticed. Last week, Italian free speech and libertarian groups spearheaded a revolt against the so-called "Italian SOPA," a reference to the controversial U.S. anti-piracy bill. The groups claimed the legislation would have dealt a major blow to free speech in Italy and beyond. But since Italian politicians across the political spectrum voted against the amendment, the free speech groups are claiming victory for now. From Milan, Shant Shahrigian reports. [...]

http://mediacenter.dw.de/english/audio/item/390527/

[Financial Times] Internet lobby would opt for political fight over new data costs

Internet companies that stream their content to mobile devices would be likely to seek government intervention to avoid potentially burdensome new costs imposed by a wireless billing plan under consideration by AT&T (NYSE: T), sources at an apps company and watchdog groups told dealReporter.[...]

AT&T’s billing proposal could start to look like a net-neutrality violation under some circumstances, according to watchdogs. The FCC declined to comment.

“This is precisely the kind of anti-competitive, job-killing behavior that net neutrality rules were intended to prevent,” the apps company source said. “The one bright spot in the economy, that is sorely in need of new jobs, is this apps economy, and the prospect that AT&T would turn around and start taxing these entrepreneurial companies [would only] throw a cold wet blanket on it.” [...]

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/1b6ef656-67c0-11e1-978e-00144feabdc0.html

[TechDirt] Danish Police Accidentally Censor Over 8,000 Sites As Child Porn... Including Facebook

Reminiscent of the mooo.com screwup in the US, where Homeland Security's ICE division "accidentally" seized 84,000 sites and plastered them over with a warning graphic about how they'd been seized by the US government for child porn, the Danish police similarly "accidentally" had 8,000 legitimate sites declared as child porn sites that needed to be blocked. Among the sites listed? Google and Facebook. [...]

According to NITEC chief Johnny Lundberg, it began when an employee at the police center decided to move from his own computer to that of a colleague.

“He sat down and was about to make an investigation, and in doing so he placed a list of legitimate sites in the wrong folder,” Lundberg explained. “Before becoming aware of the error, two ISPs retrieved the list of sites.” [...]

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120302/12215817953/danish-police-acci...

[DigitalJournal] Op-Ed: Internet censorship and how it can affect innocent websites

In just two examples of internet censorship gone wrong, 92,000 innocent websites lost business and possibly also their good reputation. [...]

On 17th February 2011, RT reported that the US had mistakenly shut down 84,000 websites, wrongfully accused of having links to child pornography during a child porn raid. [...]

Unfortunately, in the process, they also mistakenly seized a large DNS service provider. This provider, owned by FreeDNS hosts some 84,000 domains - none of which are connected to child pornography. [...]

On 2 March 2012, RT reported on a similar situation in Denmark - also connected with child pornography. [...]

Even though SOPA and PIPA are effectively dead, and hopefully ACTA will soon follow them, even without these draconian measures there are more and more occurrences of this nature, endangering the free internet. [...]

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/320602

[NyTimes] Pakistan Builds Web Wall Out in the Open

Many countries censor the Internet, but few spell out their intentions as explicitly as Pakistan.

In an effort to tighten its control over the Internet, the government recently published a public tender for the “development, deployment and operation of a national-level URL filtering and blocking system.” [...]

While China and other governments that sanitize the Internet generally do so with little public disclosure, Pakistan is being surprisingly forthcoming about its censorship needs. It published its request for proposals on the Web site of the Information and Communications Technology Ministry’s Research and Development Fund and even took out newspaper advertisements to publicize the project. [...]

To try to prevent this from happening, Ms. Saleem wrote to the chief executives of eight international companies that make Net filtering technology, asking them to make a public commitment not to apply for the Pakistani grant.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/03/technology/pakistan-builds-web-wall-ou...

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