- RO - Second worm suspect investigated +/-
(BBC) A second person is being investigated in connection with the MSBlast worm that caused havoc online last month. Romanian police confirmed they have a suspect, believed to have released a modified version of the virus. Iinside the virus was the suspect's online nickname which helped Romanian police and anti-virus firm BitDefender to track him down.
- UK - Girl raped by chatroom 'friend' +/-
(BBC) A 15-year-old girl has been raped by a man she met through an internet chat service. The teenager was attacked in Wigan, Greater Manchester, after meeting up with the man who police say had 'groomed' her over several weeks. She had met the man, who said he was called Simon, through an internet site run by the mobile phone firm T-mobile where they exchanged mobile phone numbers.
- US - Legal Definitions of Child Pornography, Obscenity and "Harmful to Minors" +/-
(Law Library Resource Xchange) by Mary Minow. Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). This article contains the text of federal and state laws, as well as urls to websites, that some may find offensive. In particular, the article quotes statutory language verbatim that is of a graphic nature. LLRX is not responsible for any content that the reader may encounter by following links from any website referenced in this article. Also note that this article may be blocked by filters that look for offensive words. It should not be blocked by filters that block only images, even if keywords are used to red flag suspect sites.
- US - Man arrested in domain deceit +/-
(CNET News.com) Federal law enforcement officers arrested a man for allegedly creating misleading domain names to deceive children and direct them to pornographic Web sites. John Zuccarini's arrest marks the first to be made under the Truth in Domain Names Act, which took effect in April and prohibits people from creating misleading domain names as a means to deceive children into viewing content that's harmful to minors, or tricking adults into clicking on obscene Web sites. Zuccarini was arrested on charges of creating at least 3,000 misleading domain names, such as dinseyland.com, that would result in Internet users accessing advertising Web sites. These Web sites, some of which were pornographic, would pay Zuccarini a total of as much as $1 million a year for bringing viewers to their sites, federal prosecutors said.
- EU - Software patents - A clicking bomb +/-
(Economist) An explosive row over how to protect intellectual property in Europe. Should a new piece of encryption software or an internet business method be covered by patents, or do copyright and trade secrets suffice? These questions underlie a heated controversy in Europe pitting open-source advocates, software developers and academics against big software firms, intellectual property lawyers and the European Commission. Because of the row, the European Parliament has again postponed the first reading of a directive on computer-related inventions.
- US - Aiming at Pornography to Hit Music Piracy +/-
(New York Times) The recording industry, struggling to curb music piracy, is shining the spotlight on another demon lurking on the Internet: pornography. The industry is trying to enlist broader public support with a campaign intended to show that the peer-to-peer networks for swapping files like KaZaA and Morpheus are used not only to trade songs but also pornographic images, including child pornography. see also the bill Protecting Children from Peer-to-Peer Pornography Act of 2003 (search on HR 2885 in Thomas).
- US - Databases--the next copyright battle? +/-
(Reuters) Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are circulating a proposed bill that would prevent wholesale copying of school guides, news archives and other databases that do not enjoy copyright protection. The proposed bill would provide a legal umbrella for publishers of factual information such as courtroom decisions and professional directories. The measures would be similar to the copyright laws that protect music, novels and other creative works.
- US - Music industry unveils Internet amnesty plan +/-
(Reuters) Internet users who promise to stop illegally copying music will be able to avoid prosecution under an amnesty program to be unveiled by the recording industry next week. Users would sign a notarised form promising to stop using "peer to peer" programs like Kazaa to download copyrighted music for free and to delete all songs they may have acquired illegally, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
- 2003-09-12 EU, Luxembourg - Safer Internet public consultation and Information Day +/-
(Europa) The Commission is making preparations for proposing a follow-up programme covering the period 2005 - 2008, the Safer Internet plus programme, including getting input from interested parties. A public consultation will take place in Luxembourg on Friday 12 September 2003. On the same date, Information Day on the Work Programme 2003-2004 & the Call for Proposals will take place.
- 2003-09-15 ES, Valencia - Summit on e-Government - paving the way to 2010 +/-
(e-Forum) 1st e-Forum Summit, 15th- 16th September, 2003, Valencia - Spain. The Summit is destined to become one of the most significant European e-government events, enabling participants to speak to a high quality audience drawn from both the private and public sectors. Speakers will include representatives of the European Commission, and e-government actors from both the current and soon-to-be EU Member States. The Summit will cover a wide range of current e-government topics and will present the work of the e-Forum Working Groups, which is designed to feed into future EU policy-making in this area.
- 2003-09-19 UK, Manchester - Digital Games Industries: Development, Impact and Direction +/-
(CRIC) Against the backdrop of the highly competitive economic environment of gaming platforms, software and new game-enabled consumer technologies, the ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC) will be hosting a two day workshop on the socio-economics of digital gaming. The workshop aims to bring together international delegates from academic, policy and commercial circles for an in-depth discussion on nature and characteristics of this emerging sector: the 'drivers', key 'players', the 'current state of play', and the impact of the industry on the modern economy and the framework of its evolution.
- 2003-10-16 EU, Brussels - Workshop on Unsolicited Commercial Communications or Spam +/-
(Europa) A one day workshop on unsolicited commercial communications or spam will take place in Brussels on 16 October 2003. Building on the "opt-in" regime to be introduced in all Member States by the end of October, the workshop will aim at discussing additional measures needed to address the various legal, technical and educational facets of spam e.g.: effective enforcement by public authorities, co-operation within industry (filtering, codes of conduct), consumer awareness, international co-operation. The workshop will be introduced by Commissioner Liikanen. The results will be used in the context of a Commission Communication expected later this year on the subject. The workshop is primarily addressed at Member States, industry and consumer associations, but is open to all interested parties. Attendance is free of charge but prior registration is required.