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[ZDNet] Let my Wi-Fi go: FCC rules Verizon can't charge for Wi-Fi tethering

In what may prove a landmark ruling, the FCC has stated that Verizon can no longer charge users for using their 4G devices as Wi-Fi hotspots. […]

The bottom line is that you will once more be able to freely share your Verizon 4G broadband connection over Wi-Fi with your other devices and your friends, co-workers, and family's devices. Verizon started closing the doors to tethering in the spring of 2011. Verizon wasn't the only carrier to tax users for using their bandwidth as they saw fit. AT&T had started charging tethering users earlier in 2011. […]

http://www.zdnet.com/let-my-wi-fi-go-fcc-rules-verizon-cant-charge-for-w...

[News.CNet] Verizon to pay $1.25M FCC fine; forced to allow tethering apps

Verizon Wireless is no longer allowed to block apps that allow people to use their 4G LTE smartphones as Wi-Fi hotspots. And the carrier will pay the Federal Communications Commission a $1.25 million fine, the government agency said Tuesday. […]

Specifically, the agency's rules for this spectrum state that licensees offering service on C Block of 700 MHz spectrum "shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee's C Block network." […]

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57484000-38/verizon-to-pay-$1.25m-fcc…

[JetztSueddeutsche] „Der Sieg gegen Acta war ein Präzedenzfall“

Nachdem Acta gestoppt ist, kämpft die Netz-Community gegen die nächste Bedrohung. Am Wochenende sind europaweite Demonstrationen gegen Indect geplant. Das EU-Überwachungsprogramm soll bestehende Überwachungstechnologien zu einem Instrument verbinden, sodass die Bevölkerung möglichst lückenlos überwacht werden kann. Einer der schärfsten Acta-Kritiker Europas, Jérémie Zimmermann, glaubt, dass die Proteste gegen Acta erst der Anfang waren. [...]

Deine Organisation „La Quadrature du Net“ war ein wichtiger Spieler, als es darum ging, Acta zu stürzen...
...ja, aber oft hört es sich so an, als hätten wir das alleine gemacht. Wir waren nur Teil eines informellen Netzwerks. Viel wichtiger waren all die sozialen Netzwerke, IRC-Channels, Mailing-Listen, Jabbers, Blogs und Adhoc Websites. [...]

http://jetzt.sueddeutsche.de/texte/anzeigen/552016/Der-Sieg-gegen-Acta-w...

[Euobserver] Public consultation on 'net neutrality' to delay EU rules on ISPs

Plans for tighter EU rules on Internet service providers have been pushed back to 2013 after the European Commission this week launched a public consultation lasting until mid-October. […]

Following the release of the first BEREC report in May, Commissioner Kroes indicated that new EU guidelines would be released in 2012 claiming that the regulators had "provided the data I was looking for". However, the new consultation will last until mid-October with the Commission publishing proposals in early 2013.

http://euobserver.com/creative/117055

[RussiaToday] Sound of irony: Copyright firm fined after stealing music for anti-piracy ad

A music royalty collection agency in the Netherlands got trapped by the very copyright rules it was intended to protect. The company has been fined for stealing music from its client, using it without his permission and failing to pay royalties. [...]

In June, Buma/Stemra paid Rietveld another 31,000 euro. But this week the Amsterdam District Court ruled that Buma/Stemra had indeed been negligent in their handling of the case.

They were fined 20,000 euro, ordered to pay Rietveldt’s legal costs, and told to continue efforts to pay all money due to the composer while keeping him fully informed of any and all developments.

https://rt.com/news/netherlands-copyright-court-fine-440/

[EuObserver] Commission set for fresh collision course over Acta copy-cat clauses

The European Commission is set for another intellectual property rights clash with MEPs, after leaked documents revealed that proposals from the rejected counterfeit treaty Acta had been included in a draft trade agreement between the EU and Canada. [...]

Jérémie Zimmerman, co-founder of the internet campaign group La Quadrature du Net, issued a statement calling on the trade agreement to be scrapped if it contained provisions from the axed treaty. Describing Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht as "the copyright lobbies' lapdog", Zimmerman added that "CETA literally contains the worst of Acta".

Acta was rejected by MEPs in Strasbourg last Wednesday (July 4) by an overwhelming 478 to 39 majority, with MEPs insisting that any attempts to revive it without full re-negotiation would be blocked. [...]

http://euobserver.com/19/116944

[France24] Bulgaria formally throws out online piracy pact

Bulgaria's government formally decided Wednesday to end all consultation and ratification procedures on the controversial ACTA pact against online piracy and counterfeiting, its press office said. [...]

Bulgaria was among 22 EU member states to sign the agreement in January aimed at combatting counterfeiting in general and ending online piracy.

But the government froze its ratification process in mid-February, following street rallies and widespread public fears that it may curtail online freedoms by attacking illegal downloading and Internet file-sharing. [...]

http://www.france24.com/en/20120711-bulgaria-formally-throws-out-online-...

[PCWorld] No ISP Police Rule in Canada-EU Trade Agreement Says Spokesman

A European Commission spokesman said on Wednesday that some elements of an E.U.-Canada trade deal that activists claimed infringed digital civil liberties have been removed. [...]

"These negotiations have been going on for more than three years and it is only today following media coverage of the leak that we have any indication about what is in the text. So I want to see proof that these articles have been removed," said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net. [...]

The Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) is still in the early stages and will not be put before the European Parliament until the beginning of 2014.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/259092/no_isp_police_rule_...

[ComputerWorld] European Commission Covertly Pushing ACTA?

Digital civil liberties groups have said that a trade deal being thrashed out between Europe and Canada is an attempt to introduce the controversial anti-piracy agreement ACTA by the back door. [...]

"The worst and most damaging parts for our freedoms online are word for word the same in ACTA and CETA. This trick to bring back ACTA through the backdoor is in line with Trade Commissioner De Gucht's declaration after the vote on July 4, that he has no consideration whatsoever for citizens and the Parliament and is just the copyright lobbies' lapdog. CETA must be opposed and defeated, just like ACTA," said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, in a statement. [...]

http://www.computerworld.in/news/european-commission-covertly-pushing-ac...

[TheIndependant] EU accused of pushing anti-piracy Agreement through back-door

The European Union has been accused of trying to push through a controversial deal, which would force internet service providers to hand over the personal details of anyone suspected of infringing copyright online, by the back door. [...]

The European Parliament has spoken very loudly. To put back the same provisions in a much larger trade agreement will make it more difficult to reject. If CETA is successful, then one would think that the European Commission would come back and say ‘well, you just passed that, so you cannot object to ACTA’,” said Michael Geist a law professor at the University of Ottawa, who uncovered the documents. [...]

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/online/eu-accused-of-pushing-ant...

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