- DE - Erneuter Schlag gegen Kinderporno-Ring +/-
(Heise) Die Polizei hat einen Schlag gegen die Verbreitung von Kinderpornografie über das Internet geführt. In allen Bundesländern wurden dazu 137 Wohnungen und Arbeitsräume durchsucht. Dabei wurden 95 Computer samt Zubehör sichergestellt. Die Aktion richtete sich gegen 158 Tatverdächtige; 20 von ihnen seien bereits einschlägig in Erscheinung getreten. Nach Abschluss der Durchsuchungsaktionen hätten insgesamt 22 Personen gestanden. Anfang April hatte das Bundeskriminalamt in einer ebenfalls bundesweiten Aktion bei 187 Tatverdächtigen Durchsuchungen durchgeführt.
- FR - Le ministre de la Justice souhaite aggraver les peines sanctionnant la production d'images pédophiles +/-
(internet.gouv.fr) Le ministre de la Justice s'est exprimé sur la lutte contre la pédocriminalité, notamment la lutte contre la fabrication d'images en vue d'une diffusion sur le réseau internet, en séance publique au Sénat. Il a annoncé la présentation d'un projet de loi permettant notamment une aggravation des peines applicables pour les délits de fabrication d'images pédo-pornographiques, et les délits de diffusion de ces images sur internet. Il s'agit notamment de porter à 10 ans les peines d'emprisonnement sanctionnant ces délits en "doublant les quantum de peine à la disposition des magistrats".
- FR - Lutte contre les formes nouvelles de délinquance et de criminalité +/-
(internet.gouv.fr) Le ministre de la Justice a présenté un projet de loi portant adaptation de la justice aux évolutions de la criminalité en Conseil des ministres. Le titre 1 du projet de loi, relatif à la lutte contre les formes nouvelles de délinquance et de criminalité organisée prévoit des "interceptions de correspondances émises par la voie des télécommunications", dans les enquêtes portant sur un flagrant-délit par exemple. Les interceptions de correspondances sont initiées à la demande du Procureur de la République et placées sous la responsabilité du juge des libertés et de la détention du tribunal de grande instance.
- Internet, vecteur incontrôlable du tourisme sexuel +/-
(Le Soir) Internet risque de faire augmenter le tourisme sexuel et de le rendre plus difficile à contrôler, se sont inquiétés des experts réunis en fin de semaine à Rome pour une "Conférence européenne sur la protection des enfants contre l'exploitation sexuelle dans le tourisme".
- Transfert.net reprend du poil de la bulle +/-
(Le Soir) Un nouveau site transfert.net, héritier du magazine Transfert, qui avait fermé ses portes en mai 2002 après la débâcle de l'internet et de la nouvelle économie, a été lancé sous la forme d'une "agence de presse en ligne", ont annoncé ses repreneurs.
- US - IFCC 2002 Internet Fraud Report +/-
(IFCC) The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC), which began operation on May 8, 2000, is a partnership between NW3C (National White Collar Crime Center) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). IFCC’s primary mission is to address fraud committed over the Internet. This mission is met by facilitating the flow of information between law enforcement agencies and victims. From January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2002, the IFCC Web site received 75,063 complaints. This total includes many different fraudulent and non-fraudulent complaints, such as auction fraud, credit/debit card fraud, computer intrusions, unsolicited email (SPAM), and child pornography. During this same time period, IFCC has referred 48,252 complaints of fraud, a three-fold increase from the previous year.
- US - Who's 14, 'Kewl' and Flirty Online? A 39-Year-Old Detective +/-
(New York Times) Three undercover officers in the New York Police Department impersonate not cocaine smugglers, but teenage girls - and, sometimes, boys - to serve as their invisible protectors.
- CN - Reporters Without Borders website blocked +/-
(Reporters sans frontières) Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) deplores as a blow to free expression a decision by the Chinese authorities to block access to the organisation's website and called for the immediate lifting of the ban, which may have been imposed because of a press release on the site about the extended imprisonment of cyber-dissident Liu Di. Internet users reported on 14 April that the site, www.rsf.org, was inaccessible in China.
- Congress OKs Internet Porn Restrictions +/-
(Washington Post) Congress passed legislation that would give jail time to online pornographers who deliberately mask their sites behind innocuous domain names. The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the Child Abduction Prevention Act, which strengthens penalties for pedophiles, provides funding for a national child-abduction alert system and bolsters prohibitions against child pornography. The bill also bans the distribution of "virtual" child pornography - legal pornographic images of adults that have been digitally altered to look like children having sex.
- Cuba - Reporters Flout Censorship +/-
(Wired) Despite a recent government crackdown on journalists who work outside of the state-run media in Cuba - and many other obstacles - dissident writers continue to publish their work online.
- DE - Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Multimedia stößt sich an Telepolis +/-
(Heise) Die Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Multimedia-Diensteanbieter (FSM) hat die Veröffentlichung eines Fotos eines Kriegsopfers im Magazin für Netzkultur Telepolis beanstandet. Nach ihrer Ansicht dürften solche "Gewaltdarstellungen" nicht veröffentlicht werden, heißt es in einem Brief. Die FSM habe eine Beschwerde über ein Bild in dem Telepolis-Artikel Bombenzensur oder "Kollateralschaden"? erhalten, auf dem ein durch Kopfschuss getöteter Junge abgebildet sei.
- La police du cinéma : de la protection des mineurs au rejet de l'ordre moral +/-
(rajf.org) Par Nicolas Guillet. L'arrêt du Conseil d'Etat du 14 juin 2002 « Association Promouvoir » constitue l'épilogue du contentieux né autour du film Baise-moi. Il donne notamment l'occasion de revenir sur le contrôle de légalité qu'exerce le Conseil d'Etat sur les visas d'exploitation des films cinématographiques, alors que les compétences du ministre de la Culture, chargé du cinéma, ont été récemment élargies en la matière.
- Pakistan Tries to Block Porn Web Sites +/-
(AP) Pakistani authorities have blocked 1,800 Web sites in a crackdown on Internet pornography in this deeply conservative Muslim country. But it's not proving to be easy. "Curbing porn sites is as difficult as blocking the wind," said Web engineer Farhan Parpia, of the state-owned telecommunications company. "You block one, and dozens more come up like mushrooms."
- UK - Ofcom 'must enforce watershed' +/-
(BBC) Broadcasting standards must not be allowed to fall when new "super-regulator" Ofcom takes over, the head of a present TV watchdog has warned. Ofcom is due to take over the Independent Television Commission's (ITC) role in December. ITC chief executive Patricia Hodgson praised Ofcom's plans to be a "light touch" regulator, but said it needed to take the lead in enforcing rules like the 9 p.m. "watershed" for adult programming, and on privacy. The ITC's final report also said Ofcom would also need to make sure there was enough competition in the UK broadcasting industry.
- US - Court blocks how-to-hack seminar +/-
(CNET News.com) A pair of students were blocked by a Georgia state court from presenting information at a security and hackers' conference on how to break into and modify a university electronic transactions system. Education software company Blackboard successfully convinced a Georgia state court to block the students' presentation, which was scheduled to be given at the Interz0ne conference in Atlanta last weekend. The restraining order was grounded largely in federal and Georgia state antihacking laws and a state trade secrets act. The information was gleaned after one of the students had physically broken into a network and switching device on his campus and subsequently figured out a way to mimic Blackboard's technology.
- CA - Le Québec pas vraiment libre pour les PUF +/-
(transfert) Les Presses Universitaires de France (PUF) exigent d'un site québécois qu'il retire les textes des auteurs qu'elles éditent. Créé par Jean-Marie Tremblay, professeur de sociologie, ce site propose tous les grands classiques des sciences sociales tombés dans le domaine public. Au Canada, le droit d'auteur protège les oeuvres littéraires pendant 50 ans à compter de la mort de leur auteur, mais que le droit français et européen accorde, lui, une protection de 70 ans à compter du décès de l'écrivain (ou du traducteur).
- DE - Bundestag verabschiedet neues Urheberrecht +/-
(Heise) Deutschland erhält ein Pendant zum heftig umstrittenen Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) der USA: Der Bundestag hat den bereits im Rechtsausschuss abgehandelten "Gesetzesentwurf zur Regelung des Urheberrechts in der Informationsgesellschaft" verabschiedet.
- DE - Parliament vote on copyright bill +/-
(Baker & McKenzie) On April 11, 2003, the German Upper House adopted the "Bill on Copyright in the Information Society" which implements the EU Directive 2001/29/EC. The Copyright Bill still has to pass the German Lower House in order to be enacted and come into force. It makes a number of amendments to the German Copyright Act (Urheberrechtsgesetz) regarding the digital use of works of authorship. The hotly debated Section 52a of the Copyright Bill, which will establish a new limitation to copyright in order to make digitally available articles and parts of books for the benefit of science and education, is now planned to be introduced for a test period until end of 2006. see also New Copyright Law Pleases Scholars and Angers Academic Publishers (Chronicle of Higher Education). A hotly contested copyright law adopted by Germany's Parliament gives universities and research institutions considerable leeway to digitally distribute copyrighted materials among students and scholars without paying extra charges. The law has been welcomed by academics. But academic publishers, who fought tooth and nail against the bill, say it will force them out of business.
- FR - Les sites français d'échange de fichiers se sabordent en série +/-
(Transfert) C'est l'hécatombe dans la communauté française du partage de fichiers. Avant même son adoption, la future loi sur l'économie numérique (LEN) pousse de plus en plus de plates-formes de piratage à s'auto-détruire. RV007, edonkey-divx et edonkeyfr figuraient parmi les sites les plus connus des utilisateurs francophones du système d'échange Edonkey2000. En l'espace d'une semaine, ils sont tous devenus inaccessibles.
- How cyber piracy affects you +/-
(BBC) Software piracy is booming. The temptation is great: simply copy a program to CD and hey presto, software for free. The perfect crime where Bill Gates is the only victim, right? Not quite. For software companies, piracy means lost revenue, which in turn means fewer jobs, scaled-back operations and less tax for the public purse. For users, counterfeit software may be a false economy. The program may contain a virus or be incomplete; and the user will have no entitlement to future upgrades. For businesses, there's the threat of legal action and hefty fines - Microsoft, for instance, has been criticised for tackling charities which bought copied software in good faith - and even professional embarrassment. Under a new EU directive, organisations caught out may have to apologise in print as well as face fines.
- NL - Resellers of recording media liable for copyright levy +/-
(Baker & McKenzie) The Dutch government has submitted a legislative proposal as a supplement to the existing regulation regarding copyright levies in the Dutch Copyright Act 1912. Under the existing regulation, manufacturers and importers of recording media, such as audiotapes, videotapes and writable CDs, are responsible for paying a copyright levy. This copyright levy is intended as a compensation for the copying of sound- and image recording media for private use. It is paid in the form of a fixed amount for each blank data carrier. Under the legislative proposal, resellers of recording media will also be liable for paying this copyright levy if the manufacturers and importers have failed to do so.
- UK - Net cafe settles over music rights +/-
(BBC) The Easyinternet cafe chain has paid £80,000 to the record industry in an out-of-court settlement over music copyright. The company had earlier been found guilty of copyright infringement for allowing customers to download music from the internet and onto CDs. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) had taken legal action after learning the company was permitting music copies to be made for a fee of £5.
- US - Digital Publishing: the Rights Issues +/-
(NINCH) February 22: New York. Digital Publishing: A Practical Guide to Rights Challenges in the Electronic Environment for Artists, Museums, Authors, Publishers and Readers. Summary Report.
- US - Electronic Frontier Foundation opposes stealth lobbying on copyright +/-
(EFF) The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a detailed analysis of the dangers posed by digital copyright bills in individual states. The product of stealth lobbying efforts by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), these new measures are aimed at criminalizing the possession of what the MPAA calls "unlawful communication and access devices," but which are so broad that they could ban critical security and privacy tools online as well as restrict what machines you can connect to the cable, satellite, and Internet lines in your home.
- US - Govt sides with record labels +/-
(Reuters) The U.S. government sided with the recording industry in its dispute with Verizon Communications, saying a digital-copyright law invoked by record labels to track down Internet song-swappers did not violate the U.S. Constitution.
- US - Jail for seller of illegal Xbox chips +/-
(BBC) An American has been sentenced to five months in jail for selling chips that helped gamers to bypass anti-piracy technology on consoles. He also received a $28,500 fine and five months of home detention with electronic monitoring when he was sentenced in a Virginia court last week.
- FR - Quelle politique de diffusion des données publiques? +/-
(Forum des droits sur l'internet) Cette recommandation cherche à définir les conditions de développement d´une industrie de l´information avec l´ensemble des acteurs, publics et privés ainsi que l´articulation à mettre en uvre entre ceux-ci. Elle souhaite trouver un équilibre entre, d´une part, la nécessité d´informer les citoyens et, d´autre part, la volonté d´encourager le développement des produits du secteur privé réalisés à partir des données publiques.
- Hard work ahead for online rulers +/-
(BBC) The fourth annual survey of e-government by consulting firm Accenture reveals the increasingly sophisticated use many national authorities are making of the net. The 22 governments monitored in the survey are all putting more services online and fine-tuning existing ones to meet the needs of citizens. The report ranks the 22 governments according to the extent and complexity of their web use. Those on the top rung allow citizens to go online and carry out complete transactions, such as calculate and pay tax bills, and are using the experience of putting services online to transform work methods in government departments. Only one country, Canada, is ranked as reaching this level of complexity, and, for the third year running, it is seen as having the most sophisticated e-government. The study recommends that governments abandon targets that measure success based on giving everything they do a website. Instead, they should do more to work out if what they are doing is actually useful. see also Press Release
- US - "Democracy in the Digital Age" Conference Report +/-
(LawMeme) by James Grimmelmann. A highly impressionistic, highly opinionated, and entirely unoffcial set of observations from one attendee of the Yale Information Society Project conference.
- US - e-government Act comes into effect +/-
(CNET News.com) The E-Government Act of 2002 has come into effect, creating an Office of Information within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The e-government project is designed to use the Internet and computer systems to deliver information to agency workers and the general public more efficiently. However, funding could prove a challenge to the plan. The Bush administration requested $45 million for the project this year, but Congress trimmed that number to $5 million.
- US - Survey Finds Americans Split on 'E-Government' +/-
(Washington Post) A new survey on Americans' growing relationship with "e-government" - government services and information online - reflects their concerns about privacy and security. The report said that 49 percent of its general American population survey believe it is appropriate for the government to search its existing databases for information that could help it track down terrorists. But 42 percent disagreed, believing that "protecting privacy should be a top priority." The third annual survey on e-government was conducted by Hart/Teeter Research on behalf of the Council for Excellence in Government.
- US - White House Officials To Conduct Web Chats +/-
(Washington Post) Senior administration officials will begin a series of Web chats. These "online discussions," titled "Ask the White House," will allow visitors to the official Web site, www.whitehouse.gov, to quiz top Bush aides without the media serving as middleman. [Ed: European Commissioners have been doing this for some time, taking questions in all 11 official languages. The earliest in the archive took place on 18 June 1997, with European Parliament Vice-President Georgios Anastassopoulos and Commissioner Marcelino Oreja on the Amsterdam Treaty. Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy holds the record with 9 chats]
- AU - Anti-spam laws proposed in new report +/-
(News.com) Unsolicited email is set to be outlawed in Australia and spammers could face prison sentences, after a dramatic about-turn from a federal Government taskforce charged with examining the issue. Anti-spam laws will be drafted "as quickly as possible" after the final report into spam by the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) was released. see also Media Release.
- US - AOL targets spam e-mails +/-
(BBC) The largest internet service provider in the US, America Online is taking legal action to try to stop the flood of spam that has infuriated many of its 27 million customers. AOL has filed lawsuits against more than a dozen individuals and companies who it says have sent millions of unsolicited messages through its electronic network.
- Complaint (America Online v. Maryland Internet Marketing) [Computer Software, Mortgage Offers]
- Complaint (America Online v. John Does 1-10) [Online Pharmaceuticals, "Mexican Steroids"]
- Complaint (America Online v. John Does 1-20) [Mortgage Offers]
- Complaint (America Online v. John Does 1-30) [Digital Cable Descramblers, Sexually Explicit Websites, Male Sexual Organ Enhancement Drugs, "Generic Viagra," Online College Degrees] [WARNING: Exhibit A contains sexually explicit images]
- Complaint (America Online v. Byte Night) [Pornographic Websites] [WARNING: Exhibit A contains sexually explicit images].
- US - Fake hate emails mar activists' reputations +/-
(CNN) An Arab-American activist, a legal adviser to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, checked his e-mail one day and found scores of angry messages asking why he hated Americans and Jews. The messages were responding to e-mails marked as coming from him. Only one big problem: he never sent the hate mail. He was the victim of a new form of harassment in which fake e-mail is sent using real addresses. By exploiting the simplicity and openness of the Internet's mail protocols, unidentified provocateurs have been sending incendiary messages posing as Shora and other Arab-Americans. The tactic, known as e-mail spoofing, requires little technical know-how and no illegal computer break-ins. Yet it has caused a lot of trouble -- wasting time, damaging reputations and even leading to the suspension of e-mail accounts.
- US - FTC Files Suit Against Sender of Porn 'Spam' +/-
(Washington Post) The Federal Trade Commission is suing one of the country's most active purveyors of pornographic junk e-mail, part of a stepped-up push by the agency to combat spam. see also Asks Court to Block Deceptive Spam Operation (Press Release) . The Federal Trade Commission has asked a U.S. District court judge to block an allegedly illegal spam operation that uses deceptively bland subject lines, false return addresses, and empty "reply-to" links to expose unsuspecting consumers, including children, to sexually explicit material. The agency alleges that Brian Westby used the spam in an attempt to drive business to an adult Web site, "Married But Lonely." The FTC has asked the court to order a halt to the deceptive spam, pending trial. It will seek a permanent injunction at trial. FTC v. Brian D. Westby.
- US - Ruling Backs Anti-Spam Activist +/-
(Washington Post) An Internet site that provides personal information about an alleged purveyor of mass e-mail is not harassment and does not need to be removed, a Maryland district court judge ruled.
- 2003-04-30 US, Washington DC - Public Spam Workshop +/-
(FTC) The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a three-day Spam Forum from Wednesday, April 30 through Friday, May 2 in Washington, D.C. The forum is being held to address the proliferation of unsolicited commercial e-mail and to explore the technical, legal, and financial issues associated with it. It will be open to the public and preregistration is not required. Panels include discussions of: E-mail Address Gathering, Falsity in Sending Spam, Open Relays/Open Proxies/Form Mail Scripts, The Economics of Spam, Blacklists Best Practices, Wireless Spam, Federal and State Legislation, International Perspectives, Litigation Challenges, Technological Solutions to Spam/ Structural Changes to E-Mail
- 2003-05-13 US, Washington, DC - Wireless Innovations: New Technologies and Evolving Policies +/-
(NTIA) The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of State's International Communications and Information Policy (CIP) group, will host a two-day wireless technology showcase and policy discussion. The first day, May 12, will consist of an exhibition of new, innovative wireless technologies, devices and applications. The second day, May 13, will feature panel discussions on unlicensed wireless technologies by key policy makers, entrepreneurs, industry representatives and experts from government and academia.
- 2003-05-15 EU, Brussels - Content for broadband and digital tv beyond national borders +/-
(Puntoit) Puntoit is organizing a Workshop at the European Parliament in Brussels on 15 May, on "Content for broadband and digital tv beyond national borders. At EU level, the most critical issue concerns content distribution rights. Do we need new rules to give unrestricted access to consumers at European level?" This unique event will bring together representatives from content, providers, broadcasters, telecom operators, manufacturers, and EU Institutions. Italian version: Accesso ai contenuti nell'era della larga banda, 3G e tv digitale E' ormai evidente che, nell'era della larga banda, del 3G e della tv digitale, la questione chiave per il settore dell'ICT riguarda l'accesso ai ai contenuti. Il Workshop tratterà due tematiche in due sessioni separate: i) Come è possibile massimizzare la disponibilità del contenuto nel quadro del mercato unico? ii) Quale può essere il ruolo delle regole della concorrenza per risolvere i problemi di accesso al contenuto e per affrontare la questione della protezione dei diritti di proprietà intellettuale in un contesto di capacità tecnologiche in continua evoluzione?
- 2003-06-22 CA, Montreal - ICANN Meetings +/-
(ICANN) The second round of ICANN meetings in 2003 will be held 22-26 June in Montreal, Canada. The meetings are free to attend, and open to any interested person. ICANN encourages broad participation in its bottom-up consensus-development process. You can take part in these meetings by attending in person, by taking part in the webcast and remote participation opportunities, and/or by joining one of the various ICANN-related mailing lists. The meetings will be hosted by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), which is providing a local website that will give information regarding the area, the meeting, and local hotels.
- 2003-06-30 US, Stanford - Internet Law Program, Summer 2003 +/-
(Stanford Law School) June 30 - July 4. Registration is now open for this summer's Internet Law Program (ILaw) in Stanford, CA, sponsored by the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. On the agenda: recent reforms in intellectual-property systems, privacy versus security on the Net, the changing shape and role of ICANN, "open" versus "proprietary" software systems, regulating pornography, jurisdictional problems, cybercrime, addressing the digital divide, and more. No previous experience with Internet law is necessary to enroll. The program is designed for lawyers, policymakers, business and technology professionals, government and non-profit executives, and journalists who write about technology. International participation is encouraged.