Global minilinks for 2008-03-29
March 29, 2008
- Israel Adopts Fair Use
In their reform of national copyright law, Israel opts for an open-ended and court-defined idea of fair use, similar to the United States.
- India Wants Blackberry Crypto
On the eve of renewing RIM's license in the country, India wants the keys to the mobile device's encryption system.
- Council of Europe Thinks Hard About Internet Filtering
Good (but minimal) recommendations for any country considering tampering with the Net.
- Industry Losing Faith In WIPO; Debates US WTO Cases Against China
- Caught in a Culture War: Yahoo!'s Sticky China Situation
Rebecca MacKinnon analyses the problems faced by a compliant Yahoo!
- Russia's Government Files Sneak Onto the Net
"For many years secret databases from the Interior Ministry, road police and phone operators have been available on the Russian black market."
- EU's Privacy Chief Not Happy with Biometic Passports
Says the exemptions aren't good enough, and the real security weaknesses lie elsewhere.
- Canada's ISPs get a Net Neutrality Wake-Up Call
When the country's wholesalers start throttling without permission, what can downstream providers do?
- UK's Byron Review on Internet Child Safety Published
Despite widespread fears, is surprisingly mild in its recommendations.
- A New Organization to Fight Three Strikes In France
"Squaring The Net" challenges the French government to understand how the Net works, and not create dangerously impractical laws like the Olivennes law.
- EU and US Struggle with Common Language for Privacy
High-level meetings between the two powers try to cross the wide gulf of how to protect privacy.
- Free the Music
Musicologist Ed Baldwin explains why copyright term extension in Europe makes no sense for artists or consumers.
- Israel Fights Back: A Purim Story
Bill Patry records Israel's challenge to the United States "watchlist" of countries who don't tow America's ideas of IP law.
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...
Civil rights organizations are sounding the alarm over a proposal by Trump’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that would require visa holders from China to turn over their social media “handles.” “On the surface, this is a policy directed at citizens from China seeking to travel to the U.S. on...
It's Paraguay's turn to take a closer look at the practices of their local Internet companies, and how they treat their customer's private information. Paraguay's ¿Quien Defiende Tus Datos? (Who Defends Your Data?) is a project of TEDIC , the country's leading digital rights organization. It's part...