Global minilinks for 2008-04-12
April 12, 2008
- UK Judge Won't Stop Publication, Because Net Told the World
British court turns down a request for an injunction preventing publication of a video, because the footage was already widely available online.
- British Music Industry Threatens UK ISP for Speaking Out
"The music industry has consistently failed to adapt to changes in technology and now seeks to foist their problems on someone else. Rather than threatening us, the BPI's time would be better spent facing up to the reality of our times and adapting its business model accordingly."
- EU to Google, Et Al: Your Retention Policies Break Privacy Law
Eighteen-month cookies, and how long data is stored, both need to be changed, says EU's top privacy regulators.
- Australia Looks to Make Wiretapping Easier
The Senate investigates modern interception techniques -- Electronic Frontiers Australia and others express concern.
- ... While Revamping Privacy Act
Australia's Labor party also plans to update the country's privacy legislation.
- The International Fight for Internet Rights
Rebecca Mackinnon summarises how American companies can stop being complicit in human rights abuses internationally.
- Privacy prevails in battle over creativity...for now
EFF's Erik Josefsson describes the battleground in Europe.
- New Zealand's DMCA -- Better than Most
Michael Geist points out the more enlightened corners of New Zealand's new Copyright Act
- Businesses Like Canada's IP Approach
The DMCA-less Canada may be criticised by the US, but the World Economic Forum says Canadian IP climate is better for the economy than their southern neighbor.
- Lawyer Who Threatened File-Sharers is Banned For 6 months
A French lawyer violates ethical codes by using "aggressive foreign methods" in a threatening letter from rightsholders to Net users.
- China Allows Access to English Wikipedia
"The move comes after International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspectors told Beijing organisers that the Internet must be open for the duration of the 2008 Olympics and that blocking it "would reflect very poorly" on the host country."
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...