MiniLinks by Danny O'Brien
February 29, 2008
What caught our eye among the world's digital rights news this week:
- Blogger's Rights in Morocco
Fouad Mourtada is the net user tortured and sentenced to three years jail for putting up a joke Facebook entry of a Moroccan prince. Join the protests on 2PM Saturday in Washington, London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Montreal, and Madrid.
- Lobby Groups Oppose Plans for EU Copyright Extension
Wikinews interviews EFF's European team, and ORG's Becky Hogge about plans to extend copyright in Europe.
- ISP Voluntary / Mandatory Filtering
Comprehensive list of state-determined censorship systems in the West, by country.
- UK Filesharing Law 'Unworkable'
Experts say human rights, privacy laws and technical hurdles stand against the UK government's plans to force ISPs to spy on their customers for rightsholders.
- Australian Judge: Code Trumps Law
Not if you craft law to work with the realities of code.
- Europe Spies on Itself
A round-up across Europe of how governments spy on their own citizens.
- IP Rights in Kosovo
With independence, comes new IP law: you have until September to re-register your Serbian IP rights in the breakaway state.
- End User Licenses Don't End Up Fair
In the UK, consumer groups are reporting software companies for "obscure, unbalanced and unfair" clauses in their EULAs.
- EU Privacy Watchdogs: Search Engines Must Obey EU Rules
Search engines like Google are in the regulator's crosshairs for flouting Europe's privacy laws.
- ISP Filtering Trials Start in Australia
Technical trials begin for indecency-related filters at the ISP level in Australia. Will privacy and security issues be part of the trial? How about the costs of scaling for new ISP entrants?
- World Wide Social Networking
Which countries use which social networking sites.