QuickLinks 230 - 7 April 2002

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Legal and regulatory issues


  • EU - The New Communications Directives and their benefits for the Audiovisual Sector  Expand
  • EU - The Review of the Television without Frontiers Directive  Expand
  • UK - Media turmoil as owners pull plug on ITV Digital  Expand

   Cable and satellite

  • EU - GALILEO : YES, at last !  Expand


  • EU - Commission suspects KPN of abusing its dominant position for the termination of calls on its mobile network  Expand
  • USA - Breadth of accusations against Microsoft widens  Expand

   Computer crime

  • Canada - Ottawa urged to tighten porn laws  Expand
  • UK - Hi-Tech Crime Unit faces collapse  Expand
  • USA - 2nd Circuit Rejects Computer Ban for Possessor of Child Pornography  Expand

   Consumer protection

  • USA - Online fraud squad touts success  Expand

   Content regulation

  • Bahrain blocks opposition websites  Expand
  • Cuba tests online waters  Expand
  • Deutschland - Bundesprüfstelle will Computer-Spieler anhören  Expand Translate
  • Deutschland - Düsseldorfer Demonstration gegen Netzzensur  Expand Translate

   Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology

   Copyright, trademarks and patents

  • An end to digital piracy?  Expand
  • China and Japan to tackle product piracy  Expand
  • Dutch court clears Web music swapping  Expand
  • EU - Conditional access services: Commission refers four countries to Court of Justice  Expand
  • UE - Les mesures techniques de protection du droit d'auteur et des droits voisins  Expand Translate
  • USA - Appeals Court Affirms Napster Shut-Down Order  Expand
  • USA - DVD Group Wants California Supreme Court To Reverse DeCSS Ruling  Expand
  • USA - Movie Distributors Win Injunction In Online Previews Case  Expand
  • USA - Overture sues Google over search patent  Expand
  • USA - RIAA Files Piracy Suit Against Thomson Unit  Expand

   Data Protection (privacy)

  • Canadian privacy law's ins and outs  Expand
  • Is your e-mail watching you?  Expand
  • Kazaa network: Are you concerned?  Expand
  • USA - Study finds Web sites prying less  Expand

   Domain names

  • EU - Commission welcomes adoption of Regulation for ".eu" Internet domain names  Expand
  • ICANN - Computing Group asks it to scale back mission  Expand
  • New Path to Web for Pornography  Expand


   Electronic commerce


  • New Zealand Chases Fraudulent Medical Web Sites  Expand


  • Echelon dossier  Expand
  • USA - Judge Orders FBI To Turn Up More Carnivore Data  Expand

   Junk mail (spam)

  • USA - AOL Says Spam Case Victory Sets 'Landmark' Precedent  Expand

   Liability, jurisdiction and applicable law

  • UK - Trimble wins libel action against Amazon  Expand


  • Europe - Level media playing field  Expand

   Mobile and wireless

   Protection of minors

  • Deutschland - Jugendschützer beanstanden 650 deutsche Porno-Sites  Expand Translate
  • Deutschland - Ministerium verbietet Porno-Website  Expand Translate
  • France - Filtrage : un exploitant de sites web pornos est condamné  Expand Translate
  • UK - Net creates new breed of paedophile  Expand
  • UK - Online lifeline for children  Expand
  • USA - 'Legal child porn' under fire  Expand

   Racism and xenophobia

   Rating and filtering

   Safer Internet awareness

  • EU - Commission adopts extension of Action Plan to Make the Internet a Safer Place  Expand
  • France - L'espace junior de la CNIL  Expand Translate

   Security and encryption

  • eBay security draws scrutiny  Expand
  • USA - Government Agencies Exposed Internal Databases  Expand
  • USA - New hot line links CEOs to White House  Expand


  • EU - Telecom Council, Brussels, 25 March 2002  Expand
  • EU to name markets with poor record on deregulation  Expand
  • USA - FCC To Refund $2.8 Billion In Spectrum Auction Deposits  Expand
  • USA - Groups Challenge FCC On High-Speed Cable Ruling  Expand


  • Terror's Confounding Online Trail  Expand

Market & Technology

   Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology

   Electronic commerce

  • Hotels enter online booking fray  Expand

   Internet access and use


   Multimedia content and tools

  • Millions of web pages disappear every year  Expand

   Portals, browsers and search engines



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