(Europemedia) A report by the Kommission zur Ermittlung des Finanzbedarfs der Rundfunkanstalten (KEF) says the public broadcaster ARD should not spend its profits on additional web services that are not essential to support its core programming.
(Newsbytes) Liberty Media has confirmed that antitrust regulators in Germany have objected to its planned purchase of a half-dozen regional cable TV companies in that country.
(Heise) Das Bundeskartellamt hat Bedenken gegen den Kauf von Kabelnetzen der deutschen Telekom durch den US-Medienkonzern Liberty Media.
(FT) The European Commission has cleared Hewlett-Packard's $23.8bn takeover of Compaq after concluding that the deal between the two US computer groups would not harm competition in Europe's information technology sector.
(Newsbytes) The U.S. Justice Department has begun soliciting hundreds of resumes from attorneys skilled in computer crime and intellectual property law in an effort to keep pace with a growing caseload of cybercrime prosecutions.
(Newsbytes) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will give Australian law enforcers broader access to Consumer Sentinel - the FTC's database of Internet and telemarketing fraud complaints.
(Newsbytes) In what is believed to be a world first, Australia's financial watchdog has taken a Brisbane man to court over his messages posted in real-time on an Internet relay chat (IRC) channel. In a display of Internet know-how, the financial services regulator also persuaded the court to halt the man's use of specific meta tags on his Web site.
(Newsbytes) Seeking to warn speculators who are too quick to leap at questionable investment opportunities touted online, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will educate consumers by launching a series of Web sites promoting bogus companies.
(Reuters) Prime Minister Tony Blair has won the backing of a press watchdog in a complaint against newspapers that revealed details of his son's plans to attend Oxford University.The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) said the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail overstepped guidelines with stories about 18-year-old Euan Blair's plans to follow in his father's footsteps and attend the prestigious university.
(Heise) Thomas Hoeren, Rechtsprofessor an der Universität Münster, fordert "eine Neuordnung des Urheberrechts ohne Tabus". Ausgehen müsste der Gesetzgeber dabei vom Grundsatz auf Informationsfreiheit, der im Grundgesetz gleichwertig mit dem Recht auf Meinungs- und Pressefreiheit im Artikel 5 verankert ist.
(Newsbytes) An Amsterdam district court has ordered Kazaa to stop offering its free Kazaa Media Desktop music-downloading software through its Web site, according to a communique issued by the court. The software is still available on the site at this writing, and it is still being downloaded at the rate of more than one copy per second. The new Australian-based owner of the Kazaa site appears to be ignoring the judge's order.
(WIPO) WIPO received a total of 140 entries for the International Essay Competition launched to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day on April 26 2002. Of these entries, three were in Arabic, 11 in Chinese, 90 in English, 13 in French, 13 in Russian and 10 in Spanish.
(wipout) The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) are expecting a number of self-congratulatory essays detailing the plentiful benefits of intellectual property (IP) in response to its international student essay competition. And so Wipout have organised a counter-essay contest. We encourage slightly more critical responses to the question of how intellectual property affects us all in our daily lives. The contest closes on 15 March 2002. The winners will be announced on the 26 April 2002, the same day as the WIPO contest.
(Newsbytes) The European Commission has set up model contracts to facilitate the exchange of personal data between European Union nations and those outside of the E.U. "This is a significant move, and one that could help to heal the rift with the U.S. over this issue," said Jos Dumortier, professor of law and I.T. at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and Information Technology at the University of Leuven in Belgium.
(Consilium) Common Position adopted by the Council with a view to the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector.
(Yahoo FR) L'Assemblée nationale a adopté en première lecture un projet de loi modifiant l'antique, mais pionnière, loi de 1978 sur le traitement des données à caractère personnel, qui a été à l'origine de la Cnil (Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés).
(Newsbytes) Computer maker Hewlett-Packard has begun pre-installing free security and privacy software on PCs sold in North America.
(Washington Post) Federal aviation authorities and technology companies will soon begin testing a vast air security screening system designed to instantly pull together every passenger's travel history and living arrangements, plus a wealth of other personal and demographic information.
(Newsbytes) Responding to what it called customer anxiety, telecommunications giant Qwest dropped plans to share personally identifiable customer data throughout its corporate divisions.
(ALSC) The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is considering the creation of an organization to enable individual Internet users worldwide (referred to as an "At-Large" constituency) to participate in ICANN's activities and decisions. This notice is to elicit specific expressions of interest from organizations worldwide that would be willing to be involved in the creation of an "At-Large" organization. Replies to email@example.com by February 15, 2002.
(Newsbytes) Internet addressing giant VeriSign Global Registry Services has unveiled a revamped version of its controversial plan to redistribute some of the most appealing dot-com domain names as they expire. see also Registrar Predicts Cold Reception For Dot-Com Resale Plan (Newsbytes).
(EurActiv) The European Parliament's Industry Committee adopted a recommendation for the EP plenary to amend the draft Regulation on the implementation of the .EU top level domain name.
(Newsbytes) Ford Motor Company intends to appeal a federal judge's ruling that an ongoing Internet prank involving Ford's main Web site does not violate trademark law.
(European Commission) The aim of this consultation is to get the views of all interested parties (industry, data-holders in the public sector, consumers associations etc) on the content of a possible legal instrument for the exploitation of public sector information throughout Europe. You are therefore invited to go through the working document and to send us your comments by Thursday 21 February 2002.
(Newsbytes) The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will formally ask the California Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision barring a disgruntled ex-Intel employee from sending angry e-mail messages to workers for his former company.see also Ex-employee banned from mass-mailing ex-colleagues
(Australian IT) Australia will join an international crackdown on internet sites that promise miracle cures for diseases.
(ZDNet UK) The government is preparing to investigate whether mobile phones are as safe as the industry has been claiming. A total of 15 research programmes, which will involve human volunteers, were announced. The total cost is expected to be around £4.5m. The UK government and the mobile industry have each contributed to a £7.4m fund to investigate the safety of mobile phones. More projects are expected to be funded later this year from the remaining £3m.
(El Pais) El Tribunal Constitucional ha derogado el artículo 557 de la Ley de Enjuiciamiento Criminal, que permitía los registros de habitaciones de hoteles sin necesidad de orden judicial previa, por entender que estas dependencias sí deben ser consideradas domicilios a efectos de su protección constitucional.
(Newsbytes) Microsoft, DoubleClick, and a host of direct marketers will begin using a new service and technology created to help consumers quickly distinguish between valid e-mail from companies they trust and unsolicited bulk e-mail, a.k.a. "spam". Customers of companies that have signed up for the service will receive e-mail containing a graphic - or in the case of non-HTML mail readers, a hyperlink - that when clicked opens a Web browser window that contains information verifying the sender and recipient. The new service, dubbed the "Trusted Sender" program, seeks to couple the reputation of Truste’s well-known "privacy seal" program with a technology developed by the ePrivacy Group, a Philadelphia-based company created from an unusual alliance of marketing experts, privacy advocates, and anti-spam activists.
(Newsbytes) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is poised to announce an unprecedented law enforcement sweep against deceptive junk e-mail, also known as "spam".
(Newsbytes) Anti-Internet-filtering Web site Peacefire.org has released a scathing review of the CyberPatrol Internet-blocking software.
(Ananova) Safemode.org has announced that it is to stop archiving hacked websites. The site has shut down because it can no longer deal with the sheer volume of defacements.
(Newsbytes) A cross-site scripting (CSS) security flaw at leading online news providers MSNBC.com, NYTimes.com, and WashingtonPost.com could have allowed attackers to generate bogus articles using the sites
(Newsbytes) Web sites operated by several leading Internet security organizations are vulnerable to an old but serious security flaw known as the cross-site scripting (CSS) attack.
(Newsbytes) A group of American telecom providers is warning U.S. trade negotiators that at least 11 key trading partners are not honoring agreements designed to open their telecommunications markets to U.S. companies.
(The Guardian) Spain is pressing the European Union formally to incorporate the war against international terrorism into its security and defence policy, requiring member states to pool intelligence resources in an unprecedented way.
(Guardian) Investigators searching for al-Qaida "sleepers" in Germany risk losing what they regard as the most important weapon in their armoury of techniques. Courts in two cities have upheld objections to the controversial use of a computerised search of official records - based on profiling of suspects, partly on religious grounds. The search, which is now almost complete, allows police and counter-intelligence agents to pick out people
(Guardian) The internet is surpassing the telephone as a means of making donations to charity, according to new figures released by the aid charity Oxfam. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has had more than 1m clicks on its donate-4-free button. Each time someone clicks, corporate sponsors donate 2p.
(BBC) Companies offering cheap broadband services could find themselves in financial trouble very quickly. This is the view of internet service provider Zen Internet, which in one of a handful of operators offering self-install ADSL.
(CJLT) by Michael D. Mehta, Don Best and Nancy Poon. The availability of pornographic video files, generally considered obscene or illegal, constitute a relatively small percentage of the overall set of video files being shared through Gnutella. The vast majority of video files shared represent themes commonly found in other sources of pornography (e.g., VHS format, magazines). Although video files defined as pedophilic in nature represent 3.7% of the sample, due to the millions of files being exchanged, this represents a sizeable number. The most commonly searched for files on Gnutella are either copyright protected software, movies encoded in divx format, and pornographic material, with a very strong emphasis on both child and hebephilic (sexual attraction to pubescent adolescents) pornography.
(CSIRO Press Release) Australia's super network has had its first successful demonstration, proving it can carry an enormous amount of data between two locations.
(CJLT) Volume 1 Number 1 January 2002. A new online journal. Articles in this issue include The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy: A Practical Guide, Who was that masked man? Online defamation, freedom of expression, and the right to speak anonymously, Peer-to-peer sharing on the Internet: An analysis of how Gnutella networks are used to distribute pornographic material, Les droits d'auteur des pigistes s'étendent-ils aux cd-roms et aux banques de données accessibles sur internet? Commentaire des arrêts Robertson et Tasini, Is Internet Gaming Legal in Canada: A Look at Starnet.
(Derwent Information) In addition to quarterly in-depth features and articles, IP Matters, Derwent's Intellectual Property Newsletter, brings you regularly updated intellectual property information and news. The newsletter includes feature articles on topical intellectual property issues, plus an archive of all previous articles; a directory of the main 40 patent-issuing authorities; a bimonthly Industry Insight column supplied by Yet2.com; a news feed covering published articles on Intellectual Property - updated every 15 minutes.
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(Europa) The eCommerce website is a very popular Commission information resource offering comprehensive information on eBusiness, in areas such as : Law and Policy, News and Publications, Research and Funding, Work and Study. It also offers some interesting services, such as Dr. Ecommerce, where a team of experts can provide answers to a variety of questions related to eCommerce. More than 250 pages and 21.000 hyperlinks have been added to the current 600 pages of the IS thematic site.
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(Interactive Advertising Bureau UK) The internet's growing community has developed its own language and terms that describe the medium and the way in which it is used. The IAB's Jargon Buster 2002 represents a single point of reference for some 500 terms ranging from the essential 'Advertising impression' to the technical 'Packet Sniffer', from the weird 'Finger' to the latest and strangest 'Mouse Trapping'. Also included a fully revised edition of our acronyms guide to organizations, regulators and trade bodies in the digital market.
(US Department of Justice) Policy, Cases, Guidance, Laws, Documents, Press Releases, Speeches, Testimony, Letters, Reports and Manuals on Computer Crime (e.g., hacking), Intellectual Property Crime, Cybercrime.
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