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07.24.10

Links 24/7/2010: Rights, Copyrights, and How to Install WebM (Video)

Posted in News Roundup at 3:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Censorship/Privacy/Civil Rights

    • EFF Urges Court to Block Dragnet Subpoenas Targeting Online Commenters

      New York – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) this week served a motion to quash dragnet subpoenas that put privacy and anonymity at risk for the operators of dozens of Internet blogs and potentially hundreds of commenters.

    • EU Authorities: Implementation of Net Surveillance Directive Is Unlawful

      In a landmark announcement issued today, the data protection officials across the European Union found that the way that EU Member States have implemented the data retention obligations in the 2006 EU Data Retention Directive is unlawful. The highly controversial 2006 EU Data Retention Directive compels all ISPs and telecommunications service providers operating in Europe to retain telecom and internet traffic data about all of their customers’ communications for a period of at least 6 months and up to 2 years.

    • U.S. Senate passes ‘libel tourism’ bill

      This week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill shielding journalists and publishers from “libel tourism.” The vote on Monday slipped past the Washington press corps largely unnoticed. Maybe it was the title that strove chunkily for a memorable acronym: the Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage (SPEECH) Act. Journalists and press freedom defenders outside the United States did, however, pay attention to the legislation, which they hope will spur libel law reform in their countries.

    • No Minister: 90% of web snoop document censored to stop ‘premature unnecessary debate’

      The federal government has censored approximately 90 per cent of a secret document outlining its controversial plans to snoop on Australians’ web surfing, obtained under freedom of information (FoI) laws, out of fear the document could cause “premature unnecessary debate”.

    • Court Fails to Protect Privacy of Whistleblower’s Email

      Today the Eleventh Circuit issued an unfortunate amended decision in Rehberg v. Hodges. The case arose from an egregious situation in which, among other misconduct, a prosecutor used a sham grand jury subpoena to obtain the private emails of whistleblower Charles Rehberg after he brought attention to systematic mismanagement of funds at a Georgia public hospital.

    • Ofcom’s code does not comply with Digital Economy Act

      Ofcom’s proposal denies us the ability to check whether the methods of collecting of the evidence are trustworthy. Instead, copyright holders and Internet Service Providers will just self-certify that everything’s ok. If they get it wrong, there’s no penalty.

  • Internet/Net Neutrality/DRM

    • UltraViolet video streaming DRM to launch this Fall

      The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) has branded their system of “Universal DRM”, which was first announced at CES 2010, calling the technology UltraViolet. The system is designed to allow consumers the ability to view purchased movies wherever, whenever, over multiple platforms and formats.

  • Copyrights

    • US could learn from Brazilian penalty for hindering fair use

      Brazil has proposed a broad update to its copyright law (Portuguese) and it contains a surprising idea: penalize anyone who “hinders or impedes” fair use rights or obstructs the use of work that has already fallen into the public domain.

    • Against Monopoly

      The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has launched a campaign to raise money from its members to hire lobbyists to protect them against the dangers of “Copyleft.” Groups such as Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are “mobilizing,” ASCAP describes in a letter to its members, “to promote ‘Copyleft’ in order to undermine our ‘Copyright.’” “[O]ur opponents are influencing Congress against the interests of music creators,” ASCAP warns. Indeed, as the letter ominously predicts, this is ASCAP’s “biggest challenge ever.” (Historians of BMI might be a bit surprised about that claim in particular.)

    • Lawsuit Dropped; Claimed That Copyright-Filtering Violates Copyright

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