- EU - Council framework Decision on combating the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography +/-
(OJEU) Council framework Decision 2004/68/JHA of 22 December 2003 on combating the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography. OJ L 13 20.1.2004 p. 44.
- CY - We know who's downloading child porn and we can't do anything about it +/-
(Cyprus Mail) Interpol has handed to Cyprus police a list of Cypriots that were identified as downloading child pornography from the internet. Police hands are tied on the matter because possession of child pornography is not a criminal offence in Cyprus, unlike other European countries. Even if it were an offence to download and possess indecent material from the internet, the current rules on evidence would make it impossible to prove in court. [Ed. Cypr
- IE - Schoolgirl porn pictures circulated by camera phone +/-
(Ananova) A major police investigation is under way in Ireland after a pornographic image of a schoolgirl was circulated to hundreds of mobile phones across the country.
- IT - Child porn Web sites up 70 percent in 2003 +/-
(Reuters) The number of reported paedophilia Web sites has shot up by 70 percent in 2003 with the United States accounting for more than half, according to an Italian children's rights association. The Rome-based non-profit Telefono Arcobaleno (Rainbow Phone) said 17,016 Web sites featuring explicit child pornography were reported last year to international and national police groups including the FBI and Interpol. see Pedophilia online - Annual report 2003.
- NZ - Man jailed for net porn was moderator +/-
(Stuff) A man who has been jailed for trading some of the most disturbing child pornography ever seen in New Zealand, was supposed to be cleaning up the internet. Clifford James Robinson, 38, of Christchurch, acted as a moderator for internet chat rooms, where computer users pass messages and share information with others.The role includes preventing users trading grossly offensive material. But the reclusive, overweight, and isolated sickness beneficiary abused his position and collected child porn and bestiality images, including a graphic three-minute movie of a baby girl being sexually abused. When Robinson's home was raided by Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) inspectors and his computer seized, a record was recovered of his on-line discussion with an Australian man who claimed to be sexually abusing his three daughters.
- RU - Online child porn ring busted +/-
(p2pnet.net) Members of a Russian internet child porn ring run by a retired school teacher in Perm in the Urals have been sentenced to jail terms from six to 11 years. The teacher and five others were found guilty of perversion involving children between eight and 10 years old, and distributing pornography online, says Kommersant.
- UK - Porn shame of "Biker" Christian +/-
(this is Bristol) A Church leader is facing a prison sentence after he admitted downloading child pornography from the internet. Alan Lowther was arrested when images of children having sex with adults were found on his home computer after he gave his credit card details to a paedophile site to view and copy pictures of young children. Lowther, a Minister of Religion for the Key to Life Church, was also president of the Christian Motorcycle Association, whose aim is to take the word of God to bikers.
- UK - Music Industry Wins Web CD Pricing Dispute +/-
(Reuters) The British music industry has settled a legal dispute with CDWow.com over the sale of discounted compact discs after the online retailer agreed to raise its prices in the UK and Ireland. In reaching an agreement, trade body The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Hong Kong-based CDWow.com avoided a court hearing to determine if the online retailer could continue to import products from outside the European Union and sell them on to Irish and British customers.
- US - Music Fans Find Online Jukebox Half-Empty +/-
(Washington Post) A hornet's nest of performance and publishing copyright laws, marketing decisions, artists' egos and negotiating power plays can stop people from legally buying songs on the Internet, just as millions are trying to do so for the first time.
- US - Recording Industry Is Accusing 532 People of Music Piracy +/-
(New York Times) The music industry returned to the courthouse with lawsuits against 532 people it is accusing of large-scale copyright infringement. The new lawsuits are "John Doe'' lawsuits, an increasingly common type of litigation in the Internet age, which allow plaintiffs to sue people whose identities are not known. These suits identify the suspected file traders only by the numerical identifier, known as an Internet Protocol number, assigned to them by their Internet service provider.
- US - Tech firms fail to squelch database bill +/-
(CNET News.com) by Declan McCullagh. A congressional panel approved a proposal to curb database copying, ignoring the objections of technology companies that launched a last-minute lobbying campaign to kill the proposal. By a 16-7 vote, the House Judiciary committee approved an intellectual property bill that had been opposed by Amazon.com, AT&T, Comcast, Google, Yahoo and some Internet service provider associations.
- 2004-01-26 Consultation on draft document about appropriate remedies in the new regulatory framework +/-
(ERG - European Regulators Group) A public hearing will be held in Brussels on Monday, January 26 2004 between 9:00 and 12:30. We are pleased to announce the presence at the hearing of both the Commissioner for the Information Society, Erkki Liikanen, and the Commissioner for Competition, Mario Monti. Please inform the Secretariat of your participation in this event no later than January 19 by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the name of the organization and the individual participants. Venue: Room AB-0A, Centre Albert Borschette, Rue Froissart 36, Brussels. Preliminary agenda. Deadline for written submissions: Monday, January 19th 2004.
- 2004-02-26 CH, Geneva - Workshop on Internet Governance +/-
(ITU) 26-27 February 2004. The workshop objective is to initiate a process to prepare ITU's inputs and position vis-ŗ-vis the working group to be established on Internet governance resulting from the Declaration of Principles and Action Plan adopted on 12 December 2003 at the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society. The output of the workshop will be submitted to the appropriate ITU decision-making bodies for their further consideration. Attendance is by invitation only to ITU Member States, Sector Members and selected experts in Internet governance issues.
- 2004-03-26 EU/CoE PL, Warsaw - Internet with a human face - a common responsibility +/-
(Safeborders / CoE) Warsaw, Poland - 26th & 27th March 2004. At Sofitel Victoria Hotel, Warsaw. Organised in the framework of the European Commission's Safer Internet Action Plan, the SafeBorders consortium, in collaboration with the Council of Europe. This event addresses not only policy makers from government and private sectors active at the international or national level in Internet-related fields such as education, legislation, law enforcement, consumer protection and media, but also the Internet industry itself, both software producers and service providers, as well as civil society organizations for youths, parents, teachers, promotion of women's rights, children's rights, etc. The aim of the conference is to launch a pan-European platform for debate, dissemination of information and exchange of best practices as a means of making the Internet a safer place for children and adults alike.