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[ComputerWorld] Doubts linger over ACTA compatibilty with European Union law

European parliamentarians in the legal affairs committee have once again cast doubt on the efficacy of the controversial ACTA agreement, but stopped short of declaring it illegal.

French Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Françoise Castex said on Monday that she was not sure if the matter needed to go to the European Court of Justice and that the legal department of the Parliament would address the matter.

"Apparently, Caspary is not on top of the dossier. European academics concluded ACTA is not compatible with current E.U. legislation, this is confirmed in the International Trade Committee commissioned study on ACTA," said the FFII's Ante Wessels.

http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=72FA5DC8-1A64-6A71-CE630EA662F5396D

[eWeekEurope] Nominet Considers Criminal Domain Takedown Rules

Nominet, the registrar that handles .uk domains, is moving ahead with proposed rules (PDF) that could allow law enforcement agencies to request a domain be shut down without a court order.

Suspension of a domain will not require a court order but should be limited to circumstances where necessary “to prevent serious and immediate consumer harm”, according to Nominet.

The policy would cover cases in which a site is involved in crimes covered under the Serious Crimes Act 2007, including fraud, prostitution, money laundering, blackmail and copyright infringement.

http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/nominet-considers-criminal-domain-take...

[BNA] ACTA, TPPA Opponents Cite Broken Promises On Medicines, One-Sided Copyright Provisions

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement currently being negotiated by the U.S. Trade Representative is even more restrictive and less attentive to human rights than the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that so riled the social justice community in the last two years [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, cofounder of La Quadrature du Net, a French advocacy group for users' digital rights, urged the audience to lobby EU Parliament members to defeat ACTA. “This is a battle we cannot afford to lose,” he said.

[...] the piracy-oriented panelists were quick to assign responsibility to the administration's kowtowing to large corporate interests. According to Band, for example, the goal of the TPPA is “making the world safe for Disney …, doing what's good for the movie industry.

http://www.bna.com/acta-tppa-opponents-n12884903287/

[AlJazeera] Democracies learn from Mubarak's example

For the past eight months, the world has watched, captivated, as from one country to the next, youth have manipulated the digital tools that have become part and parcel of their everyday lives to serve their activism. The world too has witnessed as, in each country, state actors have made various attempts to quash the use of such tools.

Following days of rioting in London, [...] David Cameron proposed looking at "whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality" and noted that he had "asked the police if they need any other new powers", going on to suggest that Twitter, Facebook, and BlackBerry ought to consider removing messages that might spur further unrest in the country.

Both recent incidents indicate an alarming precedent being set. Cameron's consideration of broad censorship powers echoes similar measures once proposed -and rejected - in Turkey, while the actions of BART authorities have been conducted only by the most extreme of despots.

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/08/20118179742115255.html

[TorrentFreak] ISP CEO Slams Copyright Law and Outdated Business Models

As New Zealand braces itself following the introduction of a 3 strikes-style scheme for dealing with online copyright infringement, the CEO of one of the country’s largest ISPs has slammed the legislation. TelstraClear chief Allan Freeth says that punishing consumers isn’t the answer and that business models requiring new legislation in order to function are flawed and need to be changed.

http://torrentfreak.com/isp-ceo-slams-copyright-law-and-outdated-busines...

[AlJazeera] US railway blocked phones to quash protest

A rail transit provider in the United States disabled mobile phone services to prevent a planned protest on Thursday, attracting criticism and unflattering comparisons to crackdowns on dissent in the Middle East.

But BART offered varying explanations, probably with different legal ramifications, for how the shutdown had actually occurred.

Linton Johnson, BART's spokesman, told the local KTVU television channel that BART "didn’t try to shut down the protest. They simply turned off the cell service so it couldn't become viral.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/08/201181221139693608.html

[Guardian.co.uk] Tory MP Louise Mensch backs social network blackouts during civil unrest

Louise Mensch, the Conservative MP and one of parliament's more active Twitter users, has backed David Cameron's call for social networking services to be shut down temporarily during civil disorder.

On her Twitter feed, she added: "Northamptonshire police advise me that much of their time and resources were wasted answering false alarms due to soc media rumours. At the time, tweeted people should think hard before putting the phrase 'rumours of' into a tweet. Nonsense rumours about W'boro [Wellingborough] = 999 calls."

But there are questions about whether disconnecting people is necessary and whether or not it is technically feasible.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/12/louise-mensch-social-network-bl...

[NyTimes] Cameron Exploring Crackdown on Social Media After Riots

[...] Cameron told Parliament during a special debate on the riots. “Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill.

Free-speech groups said restrictions on the use of social media or smartphones would be difficult to enforce and could violate basic freedoms.

We’ve seen this kind of thing time and time again, especially with young people, when it comes to technology. Now it’s social networks and smartphones. A few years ago it was video games. Before that it was horror films.

Mr. Cameron’s call for a crackdown on social media echoes recent calls for a “civilized Internet” by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/world/europe/12iht-social12.html

[Softpedia] Google Admits Handing over European User Data to US Intelligence Agencies

Google has admitted complying with requests from US intelligence agencies for data stored in its European data centers, most likely in violation of European Union data protection laws.

At the center of this problem is the USA PATRIOT ACT, which states that companies incorporated in the United States must hand over data administered by their foreign subsidiaries if requested.

This situation poses a serious problem for companies like Microsoft, Google or Amazon, which offer cloud services around the world, because their subsidiaries must also respect local laws.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Google-Admits-Handing-over-European-User-...

[BBCNews] Government drops website blocking

Plans to block websites that host copyright infringing material are to be dumped by the government.

Mr Cable also announced a raft of measures intended to update the UK's copyright laws.

The changes are based on the Hargreaves Review which was set up to examine current legislation's fitness for purpose in the digital age.

Updated laws on copyright could have a profound effect on the popular culture that can be created, albeit one that was hard to measure, she added.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14372698

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