Government & Policy

09 June 2011

Copyright advocates slam ISPs for not stopping piracy Computerworld

Representatives of the music industry attacked ISPs on Wednesday at the World Copyright Summit in Brussels.

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U.S. urges code of conduct for Internet commerce Reuters

Companies using the Internet to do business should adhere to a code of conduct to reduce hacking and online theft, the Commerce Department said in a report issued on Wednesday.

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08 June 2011

UN criticises NZ's three-strike piracy law New Zealand Herald

The United Nations has declared internet access a human right and criticised "three strikes" laws like that in New Zealand which may see users lose access for repeat infringements.

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Proposed US bill would equate GPS tracking, wiretapping NextGov

Freshman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, on Tuesday touted a bill to limit the government's and private companies' access to citizens' geospatial data.

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07 June 2011

E.U.'s Internet Scoreboard Doesn't Tell the Story New York Times

Remember the Lisbon Strategy? That was the European Union's grand plan, set out in March 2000, to make the bloc "the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world" within a decade.

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French media tweet and poke ban BBC News

French TV and radio presenters have been banned from mentioning social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter on air.

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Editorial: Policing America's Internet Los Angeles Times

A Senate bill aims to cut off support for any site found by the courts to be 'dedicated' to copyright or trademark infringement. It's goals are laudable, but its details are problematic.

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06 June 2011

Vodafone calls for internet rules Financial Times

Vodafone has insisted that internet companies should have to comply with national laws on privacy and consumer protection and rejected calls by Facebook, Google and other technology companies for a light-touch approach to policing the web.

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04 June 2011

UK prime minister-backed report to protect children from commercialisation The Guardian

David Cameron is to back a plan to stop retailers selling inappropriate clothes for pre-teens and shield children from sexualised imagery across all media, including selling "lads magazines" in brown covers and making the watchdog Ofcom more answerable to the views of parents.

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03 June 2011

Asean cyberlaw still some way to go ZDNet

Cyberlaws are needed to regulate the shift as more companies look to move their business from the physical to the virtual world to tap cloud computing benefits, but such regulations are still some ways off in Southeast Asia.

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02 June 2011

Caution needed in securing our digital future by Kevin Rudd & Guido Westerwelle The Australian

Globalisation has changed the world permanently. There can be no turning back on the economic interdependence and expanding access to technology that now marks our planet.

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01 June 2011

Australian Communications and Media Authority sees spike in complaints against telcos The Australian

Mobile phone users are living in a "confusopoly" in which "bill shock" is common and advertising practices can be misleading, an industry regulator says.

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Ericsson seals $1bn Australian national broadband wireless deal The Australian

NBN Co has selected network equipment maker Ericsson to build the fixed wireless portion of the new network in a deal worth $1.1 billion over 10 years.

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31 May 2011

Australian government pumps $70m in national broadband network, digital economy The Australian

The Gillard government has announced a $70 million spending package to promote the $36 billion National Broadband Network and the digital economy.

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28 May 2011

BT and TalkTalk try to quash UK filesharing laws Financial Times

BT and TalkTalk are seeking to launch a fresh legal challenge against legislation aimed at tackling online piracy.

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Wyden Vows To Again Block Leahy's US Anti-Online Piracy Bill Tech Daily Dose

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., renewed his fight over online piracy legislation Thursday by announcing he will again block it from moving to the Senate floor.

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Civil rights group calls for standardised European copyright laws OUT-LAW News

Exceptions to copyright laws should be harmonised across Europe to create legal certainty about the permission to use works, the European Digital Rights (EDRi) group has said.

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27 May 2011

New U.S. bill would make ISPs keep records for 18 months Computerworld

A bipartisan bill introduced on Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives will require Internet service providers to retain subscriber information for up to 18 months to assist federal law enforcement in investigations into online child pornography and child exploitation cases.

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26 May 2011

Zuckerberg and Schmidt warn on over-regulation of web BBC News

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google boss Eric Schmidt have warned governments worldwide not to over-regulate the internet.

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European Commission sets out "blueprint" for Intellectual Property Rights to boost creativity and innovation Europa

Intellectual property rights (IPR), which comprise patents, trademarks, designs and geographical indications, as well as copyright (authors' rights) and rights related to copyright (for performers, producers and broadcasters), have been around for centuries. Often, without our even realising, they affect our daily lives: they protect the technology we use (cars, mobile phones, trains), the food we eat and the music we listen to or the films we watch. But in the last few years, technological change and, in particular, the growing importance of online activities, have completely changed the world in which IPR operate.

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24 May 2011

Comment: A blueprint for a modern intellectual property policy The Guardian

There is a world of people who, for varying reasons, obsess about intellectual property. Last Wednesday morning we were all holding our breath. The previous six months had seen an intense debate about IP in the digital age. Is it too restrictive, for example in allowing economic rights to prevent useful activities such as medical research, which relies on searching through data and text? Do we need to do more to make sure people can't just take work without creators being adequately compensated? Is policy adapting to the digital age?

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EU wants ISPs to police copyright breach - document Reuters

The European Commission wants internet service providers to help fight online copyright theft "at source," according to a Commission document seen by Reuters, though it does not say what it would expect of them.

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Digital Agenda: new telecoms rules benefit citizens and businesses across Europe Europa

By 25th May 2011, Europeans will enjoy new rights and services regarding phones, mobile and Internet. New EU telecoms rules to ensure a more competitive telecoms sector and better services for customers are due to be implemented in national law by this date. They include the right for customers to switch telecoms operators in just one day without changing their phone number, the right to more clarity about the services customers are offered and better protection of personal data online.

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23 May 2011

NZ libraries fear internet closure over download law Computerworld

Libraries may have to close their public internet services if the process used to identify offenders infringing copyright by downloading and uploading is allowed to stand, says the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (Lianza).

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22 May 2011

UK copyright law - Old media 1, new media 0: Old-fashioned copyright laws are set to be left largely intact The Economist

Just about everyone agrees that Britain's 300-year-old copyright laws stifle innovation. An entrepreneur trying to launch a whizzy new way of distributing entertainment, or even a broadcaster wanting to put a programme in an online archive, must hack through a thicket of rights and permissions. A team of experts led by Ian Hargreaves, a journalism professor, has now taken a hard look at this tangle on the government's behalf, lamented its many hazards -- and decided pretty much to leave it alone.

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