Global minilinks for 2008-04-05
April 5, 2008
- Chaos Computer Club Publishes German Official's Fingerprint
Snatched from a glass left after a talk, Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble's fingerprint is now (irrevocably) the biometric of choice for German pranksters...
- A Technical Guide to Phorm
The Foundation for Information Policy Research's Richard Clayton analyses exactly how Phorm works -- including fake cookies for every website you visit, and fake HTTP redirects every time you visit a new site.
- UK ISPs Against "Allegation-Based Enforcement"
IFPI's attempts to introduce "three strikes" in the UK flounder on ISP reticence to be anything but a conduit to the wider Net.
- Filter or Else! Music Industry Sues Irish ISP
Digital Rights Ireland's TJ McIntyre looks at the background behind the music industry's lawsuit against ISPs in Eire.
- Search Engines Keep Data Too Long, Says Europe
Data privacy czars may take action against Google, Microsoft.
- The Norwegian Napster
A new translation into English of the primary Norwegian P2P case, from 2005.
- Polish Court Decides Websites Need to Register
Apparently, a local website is equivalent to a newspaper, and needs to register with the Polish government. Let a million .pl applications bloom!
- Fair Use, the Three-Step Test, and the Counter-Reformation
William Patry launches a counterblast against those who say that fair use and other limitations are against the Bernes Treaty.
- Fordham Debates Canadian Copyright
A summary of the big issues facing Canada's copyright community in the next year.
- French Sony BMG Under Investigation of Copyright Infringement
Apparently it asked for tech support with an unauthorized license key.
- How ISPs Should Co-operate with Law Enforcement
The Council of Europe (creators of the Cybercrime Treaty) give their recommendations (including the advice that ISPs should obey international human rights treaties, as well as local law).
This week, EFF joined Creative Commons, Wikimedia, Mozilla, EDRi, Open Rights Group, and sixty other organizations in signing an open letter [PDF] addressed to Members of the European Parliament expressing our concerns about two key proposals for a new European "Digital Single Market" Directive on copyright. These are...
Since last year, Indian citizens have been required to submit their photograph, iris and fingerprint scans in order to access legal entitlements, benefits, compensation, scholarships, and even nutrition programs. Submitting biometric information is needed for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers, the training and aid of disabled people, and...
Australia's ongoing debate over the introduction of a new fair use right took a turn last week when Wikipedia joined the fray. The world's largest online encyclopedia now displays a banner to its Australian users encouraging them to support a joint campaign of Australia's major...
In 2011, Colombian graduate student Diego Gomez shared another student’s Master’s thesis with colleagues over the Internet. After a long legal battle, Diego was able to breathe a sigh of relief today as he was cleared of the criminal charges that he faced for this harmless act of...
For governments interested in suppressing information online, the old methods of direct censorship are getting less and less effective. Over the past month, the Thai government has made escalating attempts to suppress critical information online. In the last week, faced with an embarrassing video of the Thai King ,...
EFF has learned about a new proposal for European law that takes aim at online streaming services, but which will strike a serious blow to creators and their fans. The proposal, which would effectively ban online streaming services from hosting works under free licenses, could spell an end to services...
Today InternetLab , Brazil’s leading digital rights organization, released their 2017 report on local telecommunications companies, and how they treat their customer's private information. Brazil’s “ Quem defende seus dados? ” (“Who Defends Your Data?”) seeks to encourage companies to compete for users by showing who will stand...