- SG - Panel proposes new censorship guidelines +/-
(Straits Times) New guidelines on what Singaporeans can see at the cinema, theatre and on television were proposed by a committee appointed by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (Mita). The Committee reviewed the following media: films, videos, broadcast media, sound recordings, publications, arts entertainment and new and converging media. It calls for the setting up of a council comprising the four partners of regulators, industry, community and artists to look into media education for consumers and parents. For a start, industry players should share responsibility by providing suitable consumer advice to alert consumers and parents of content that may be sensitive to some. see Executive summary and Full report with interesting reference to Singapore's "symbolic ban" on 100 Web sites.
- TH - Govt can't block porn sites, claim researchers +/-
(Bangkok Post) It will be almost impossible for the Thai government to effectively block access to pornographic web sites, according to researchers from Chulalongkorn University, but it can introduce other measures such as a rating system, self-regulation and even consider legalising the porn business.
- TH - Webmaster complains over censorship of erotic police site +/-
(Sydney Morning Herald) The owner of a gay website showcasing pictures of Thai police in their snug-fitting brown uniforms has complained over police efforts to block access. The Nation newspaper reported that misterpolice.com webmaster Vorapong Siriwan was seeking to remove his website, which also includes tales of sexual fantasies involving police, from a blacklist of 100 censored sites.
- RIAA's Lawsuits Meet Surprised Targets +/-
(Washington Post) 261 song sharers across the nation have been sued by the major record companies with the help of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the music industry's trade group. The RIAA is targeting what it calls "major offenders" of peer-to-peer digital song sharing, which it considers to be a violation of copyright law. Federal law allows penalties of up to $150,000 per copyrighted work, or, in other words, per song. see also US - Parent-child topic: music downloads, Record sales' woes go beyond file swapping and Music industry tries to change Web culture, Beyond File-Sharing, a Nation of Copiers, File-Sharing Battle Leaves Musicians Caught in Middle and Whatever Will Be Will Be Free on the Internet (New York Times), Is the music industry tone deaf or what? (AnchorDesk), On-line firms, DJ offer to pay Brianna's fine and FAQ: Are You Next? (Newsweek), see also RIAA Press Release, Lawsuit Attacks RIAA Amnesty Plan (Wired) and Why the RIAA's "Amnesty" Offer is a Sham (EFF).
- EU - New report finds problems with copyright law +/-
(FIPR) European citizens could find many common activities banned as the EU Copyright Directive becomes law, a new FIPR report reveals. Transferring songs from a copy-protected CD to a Walkman or computer could be illegal, as could watching a DVD on a computer running Linux. Implementing the EU Copyright Directive reports on legal developments across the EU as member states change their laws to comply with the Directive.
- EU delays vote on digital copyright plan +/-
(CNET News.com) A vote on the European Union's proposed directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights, which has been compared to a controversial U.S. law, has been pushed back to November. The proposed directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights is now scheduled for discussion on Nov. 4. Janelly Fourtou, the European Parliament member responsible for guiding the proposal, has not yet produced her report on the draft legislation, according to those familiar with the situation. The delay in voting on the new proposal follows the rescheduling of a vote on a proposal on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions, which has attracted heated criticism from computer scientists, economists and developers. see also EU - Software patents - A clicking bomb
- US - Lawsuits 'not scaring swappers' +/-
(BBC) Music-swapping on the internet has not slowed despite a flurry of lawsuits, according to industry trackers. The Recording Industry Association of America has filed lawsuits against 261 US individuals, claiming they have illegally downloaded and shared music. The move is part of the industry's attempts to stop people illegally swapping copyrighted songs on the web. But research firm BigChampagne, which monitors the peer-to-peer networks which file-swappers use, said the scare had not worked.
- DE - Mehr als die Hälfte der Deutschen nutzt das Internet +/-
(Pressemitteilung) Die Zahl der Internet-Nutzer in Deutschland ist 2003 nach einem schwachen Zuwachs im Vorjahr wieder deutlich angestiegen. 34,4 Millionen Erwachsene, das sind 53,5 Prozent der Bevölkerung ab 14 Jahren, sind inzwischen online. Gegenüber 2002 stieg die Online-Nutzung um 22 Prozent. Am häufigsten wird das Internet von den 14- bis 19-Jährigen ( 92,1 Prozent) genutzt, am wenigsten von Menschen über 60 Jahren (13,3 Prozent). In dieser Altersgruppe sind die Zuwachsraten allerdings besonders hoch. Zu diesen Ergebnissen kommt die ARD/ZDF-Online-Studie 2003, über die die neueste Ausgabe der Fachzeitschrift "Media Perspektiven" berichtet. sihe Internetverbreitung in Deutschland: Unerwartet hoher Zuwachs, Offliner 2003: Stabile Vorbehalte gegenüber dem Internet und Veränderung des Mediennutzungsverhaltens bei Onlinenutzern.
- Europe - Camera phones tempt handset buyers +/-
(The Register) Camera phones are beginning to revitalise the European cellphone market, bringing consumers back into shops to buy new handsets. So says market watcher Canalys, which reported that shipments of camera phones jumped 166 per cent during the second quarter over the same period last year. Just under 3.9 million camera phones shipped in Europe during Q2, up from just over 1.4 million in Q2 2002.
- Europe - Internetnutzung in Europa +/-
(ECIN) Electronic Commerce Info Net. Bei einer für 2003 auf rund 378 Millionen geschätzten Einwohnerzahl sind in der EU 42,9 Prozent der Bevölkerung online, also mehr als 162 Millionen. Demgegenüber gibt es in der Gesamtheit der nicht-EU-Länder erwartungsgemäß weniger Internetnutzer, nämlich nur rund 28 Millionen - obwohl die Gesamtzahl der Einwohner mit gut 344 Millionen fast gleichauf mit den EU-Einwohnern liegt. Die Penetrationsrate erreicht dementsprechend lediglich 8,2 Prozent. Dass auf diesem niedrigen Niveau auch eine Wachstumsrate von 73,5 Prozent im Zeitraum von 2000 bis 2003 keine schnellen Entwicklungen verspricht, ist selbstverständlich. siehe auch Tabelle und Karten Internetnutzer Millionen und Internetnutzer Prozent.