(Press Release) A large coalition of consumer organizations and citizen groups has filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of reimposing a strict federal limit on cable television system ownership. The coalition said the FCC needs to reinstate the 30 percent ownership limit to prevent cable monopolies from dominating TV programming and Internet services, as well as to prevent them from blocking video competitors.
(AFP) Quatre experts reconnus du web ont annoncé officiellement, lors des Rencontres de l'internet d'Autrans, la création en France d'un Comité d'étude des monopoles informatiques avec en ligne de mire Microsoft mais aussi France Télécom ou AOL-Time Warner.
(RAPID) The European Commission has adopted a report to evaluate the functioning of Regulation n° 240/96, which sets out the competition rules for the application of Article 81(3) to technology transfer agreements. Competition is one of the main driving forces of innovation and it is therefore important to find the right balance between protecting competition and protecting intellectual property rights.
(RAPID) The European Commission has adopted a new Notice on agreements of minor importance which do not appreciably restrict competition under Article 81 (1) of the EC Treaty ("de minimis Notice").
(Reuters) A federal judge rejected Microsoft's offer to donate computers and software to schools to settle a class action lawsuit accusing it of overcharging for its products. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz said the settlement is "critically underfunded" and would have anticompetitive effects on the market, especially on Microsoft rival Apple Computer
(Wired) Jon Johansen, a Norwegian teen hacker, has been indicted for allegedly bypassing DVD anti-copying technology.
(CNN) Turkish police have arrested a man alleged to have been involved in an international Internet child porn ring.
(Crime Reduction) Thousands of mobile phones are being stolen by street robbers every month and young people are especially vulnerable. By taking a few simple steps you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of mobile phone theft. see also Home Office press release and Cell phone crime prompts UK feds to call for help (IDG).
(AP) A probation department is installing Cyber Sentinel monitoring software on computers used by sex offenders on probation.
(AP) Les policiers de la brigade de répression du proxénétisme du Service régional de police judiciaire (SRPJ) de Marseille ont démantelé un réseau de prostitution sur Internet implanté dans les Alpes-Maritimes, à Monaco, à Paris et dans le Nord de la France.
(Newsbytes) A dietary supplement company that paid $10 million to settle charges that its television infomercials misled consumers is facing new federal scrutiny for moving its allegedly fraudulent sales pitch onto the Internet.
(Newsbytes) South Korean homosexual rights campaigners have reportedly taken their government to court over a ban on one of the country's first Web sites for gays and lesbians. According to the Lesbian and Gay Alliance Against Discrimination in Korea, access to gay and lesbian Web sites has been blocked ever since the government adopted an Internet content rating system last year and classified gay and lesbian Web sites as "harmful media."
(Reuters) Federal communications regulators said they changed their minds about an edited version of "The Real Slim Shady'', a song by rapper Eminem, deciding it was not that offensive after all.
(Business Week) Master cryptographer - and code cracker - Edward Felten says technology isn't the answer to digital copyright violations
(Washington Post) Lawrence Lessig argues for compulsory licensing in the context of broadband service.
(ITWeb) The United Nations has taken a major step toward bridging the digital divide with the adoption, by the General Assembly, of a resolution which welcomes the organisation of the World Summit on the Information Society. The summit, which is expected to promote access by all countries to information, knowledge and communications technologies for development, is to be held in two phases, the first in Geneva in 2003 and the second in Tunisia in 2005
(Reuters) Cybersquatting, the speculative registration of Internet domain names - which turned into a cottage industry at the height of the dot-com boom - appears to be dying as demand wanes for names.
(Newsbytes) The global mechanism for settling disputes over Internet addresses is "functioning satisfactorily," despite lingering concerns about the extent to which arbitrators are honoring free speech rights of address holders, according to a study by Munich-based Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law.
(IDG) VeriSign has acquired The .tv Corporation International, holder of the .tv domain name, expanding the digital trust service provider's top-level domain name offerings.
(Press Release) As from 1 January 2002, access to and consultation of all official documents available in the EUR-Lex portal, especially to documents published in the OJ, will be free of charge, irrespective of adoption or publication date, or the formats involved. Access to the value-added service, CELEX, with its powerful search facilities, analytical information as well as forthcoming services will continue to be subject to payment either by subscription or on a pay-as-you-view basis.
(Heise) Das Bürgerliche Gesetzbuch ist erstmals seit 40 Jahren wieder komplett vom Bundesjustizministerium veröffentlicht worden. Die Fassung vom 2. Januar 2002 sei im Bundesgesetzblatt sowie im Internet> einzusehen..
(CNN) The UK Public Record Office said said massive demand had forced the closure of the 1901 census Web site for one week.
(Guardian) Immediate concern was cast over plans by the leader of the Commons, Robin Cook, to bring in voting on the internet in time for the next election. E-voting: A load of old ballots? (BBC)
(Wired) Legal experts are closely watching the development of the nation's first "cybercourt," which is being created in Michigan to allow tech companies to sue each other over the Internet.
(Internet-Draft) by Vint Cerf, Internet Society. The Internet really is for everyone. However, it will only be such if we make it so.
(New York Times) What are the 2-3 major Internet law and policy issues that are likely to crop up in 2002? A group of legal mavens took up that challenge.
(CNET News.com) The Library Journal, a national library publication, reported that 43 percent of libraries had filtering software on their Internet-connected computers in 2001, a jump from just 31 percent a year earlier. The increase coincides with the passage of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which requires federally funded schools and libraries to begin blocking Web material deemed inappropriate for minors or risk losing money.
(Reuters) U.S. computer systems are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, partly because companies are not implementing security measures already available, according to Cybersecurity Today and Tomorrow: Pay Now or Pay Later, a report by the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, part of the National Research Council.
(AFP) Swiss television will set up a special Web site with live broadcasts from the 2002 Olympics, marking the first time an international sporting federation has granted full broadcasting rights on the Internet. But the venture in Salt Lake City is largely a pilot project and the Web site will only be available through advanced high-capacity digital lines, limited to subscribers of one service provider, Bluewin, in some Swiss cities, Basel, Geneva and Zurich.
(New York Times) The rivalry between the PC and TV over which is destined to become the hearth of the home will take on new urgency when three prominent technology executives sketch out competing visions of their digital product lines.
(FT) Football fans will not be able to use the internet to watch World Cup matches live this May and June. Kirch, the German media group that holds the right to market TV and internet rights for the tournament, one of the two biggest events in world sport, has decided not to try to sell the rights that would enable buyers to offer this service.
(FT) If the industry has its way, this will be the year when we begin purchasing music in forms that cannot be stolen. Compact discs will begin to include technology that prevents them being copied. And online, music will be sold through subscription services that stop unauthorised reproduction. 2002 could become the year when copyright fights back.
(Economist) The 3G world is divided into two camps about which of two rival 3G technologies, called CDMA2000 and W-CDMA, is superior. With mobile operators around the world expected to spend hundreds of billions of dollars building 3G networks over the next few years, a lot is riding on the outcome.
(AFP) Le tout Autrans des 6èmes rencontres de l'internet, grand rendez-vous annuel du monde du web en France, n'avait d'yeux que pour lui cette semaine : le Wifi (prononcer ouifi) pourrait bouleverser la donne de l'internet haut débit.
(Newsbytes) Research carried out by Support.com, the automated support services firm, has concluded that British Internet users are more than twice as prone to technical problems with their Internet service than their German peers.
(NUA) Over 3 million UK home Internet users visited games sites during November 2001, up almost half a million since the previous November, according to NetValue.
(Washington Post) More Americans did business with a government Web site last year than paid their credit card bills or traded stocks online, according to the National Technology Readiness Survey.
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