- FR - Pédo-pornographie et pédophilie sur internet +/-
(FDI) Consacrée à la prévention et à la lutte contre la pédo-pornographie et la pédophilie sur l'internet, la recommandation publiée par le Forum des droits sur l'internet est le fruit de près d'un an de travaux d'un groupe de travail constitué de représentants des pouvoirs publics, des acteurs économiques et des associations concernés. Ce rapport établit, pour la première fois en France, une analyse objective et raisonnée des risques d'atteintes sexuelles sur mineurs par le biais de l'internet. Il distingue les deux phénomènes que sont, d'une part, la diffusion de contenus pédo-pornographiques sur l'internet et le risque de contacts pédophiles, d'autre part.
- UK - Blogging 'a paedophile's dream' +/-
(BBC) Online journals and camera phones are a 'paedophiles' dream' which have increased the risk to children, the Scottish Parliament has been warned. The Justice Committee is examining a bill to create the specific offence of 'grooming' and bringing in 10-year jail terms for meeting children for sex. A forensic psychologist spoke about the dangers of online journals, or blogs, and pictures posted directly online. Rachel O'Connell said adults could use weblogs to learn about children. Dr O'Connell said that the emergence of moblogs - mobile weblogs - allowed even faster transfer of pictures to the internet using mobile telephones with cameras.
- UK - US Federal agent raps ISPs over cybercrime +/-
(CNET News.com) An FBI special agent has hit out at U.K.-based units of large global ISPs and the role they play in allowing the perpetuation of cybercrime through a lack of cooperation with law enforcement. Speaking at the Computer and Internet Crime Conference in London, FBI agent Ed Gibson, who is an assistant legal attache to the U.S. Embassy, expressed concerns that national boundaries are still too much of an obstacle to law enforcement. Gibson said such obstacles can delay law enforcement efforts by months at a time, and he criticized the Internet service providers and their regulations for doing too little to ease the process.
- UK - What's bugging ministers about phone taps? +/-
(BBC) Phone tapping is a common weapon in the armoury of detectives and government spies, so it may come as a surprise to learn that evidence from telephone taps cannot be used in court in the UK. This long-standing principle was upheld this week by Home Secretary Charles Clarke. The intelligence community is Mr Clarke's biggest backer on this. It fears that allowing phone tap evidence to be heard in court could reveal its secret operational methods. As it stands, tapes from conventional bugs - not attached to phones - can be used in court. Telephone conversations on an internal network can also be used and so can material where one of the people on the line is an undercover officer. But a taped phone conversation between a suspect and a third party, on a landline or a mobile phone, is inadmissible. It can only be used for intelligence purposes.
- Web police to fight paedophiles +/-
(BBC) Police and major internet companies around the world have launched a website on which children can report their suspicions about the activities of possible paedophiles. Police may pilot a 24-hour online paedophile monitoring scheme. Microsoft and AOL will put a link on their websites to the Virtual Global Task Force (VGTF), which is run by international law enforcement agencies and where police officers will be able to gather evidence.
- DE - Library allowed to crack copy protection +/-
(EDRI-gram) The German national library (Deutsche Bibliothek) has negiotated a license with rightholders to legally circumvent copy protection mechanisms on CD-roms, videos, software and E-books. It seems this is the first library in Europe to have managed a voluntary agreement on the strict new anti-circumvention rules prescribed by the EU copyright directive of 2001 (2001/29/EC). Article 6 of the EUCD prohibits acts of circumvention, as well as the distribution of tools and technologies used for circumvention of access control or copy protection measures.
- DE - Musikindustrie rüttelt an Pressefreiheit +/-
(futurezone.ORF.at) Die deutsche Musikindustrie sieht sich durch einen Artikel von Heise Online über die Kopiersoftware AnyDVD in ihren Rechten verletzt. Das wurde dem Verlag in einer Abmahnung mitgeteilt. Laut Ansicht der IFPI ist der Heise-Artikel als "Werbung" für "Vorrichtungen zur Umgehung von Kopierschutzmaßnahmen" einzustufen, gebe eine Anleitung zum Aushebeln von Kopierschutztechniken und sei daher laut § 95a des deutschen Urheberrechtsgesetzes strafbar.Mit dem Setzen eines direkten Links zur Hersteller-Website mache sich Heise zudem der Verbreitung des Knack-Tools schuldig.
- DE - Volkswagen files complaint over spoof Internet ad +/-
(Reuters) Volkswagen AG has filed criminal charges over a spoof advertisement for its Polo small car that has been circulating on the Internet. The so-called viral ad - unauthorized by Volkswagen or its advertising agencies - shows a suicide bomber detonating his explosives in a Polo parked outside a busy cafe, only to have the car absorb the blast. The 20-second spot ends with the Volkswagen logo and the Polo's actual advertising motto: Small but tough. see also VW learns perils of 'viral' ads (New York Times).
- File-sharing battles leave us out +/-
(CNET News.com) by Patrick Ross. You think the red state-blue state divide is deep? Nothing rivals the shrillness between the content industry and P2P file sharers. You want name-calling? File sharers are 'thieves' and 'pirates.' The Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America are 'evil,' and one commenter to a recent CNET News.com story said the RIAA sought nothing less than world domination.
- FR - Google loses trademark dispute +/-
(CNET News.com) by Stefanie Olsen. A French court has ruled that Google must refrain from using the trademarks of European resort chain Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts to trigger keyword ads. On Dec. 16, a Nanterre court in France ruled that Google infringed on the trademarks of Le Meridien by allowing the hotel chain's rivals to bid on keywords of its name and appear prominently in related search results. Le Meridien had sued Google's French subsidiary on Oct. 25 after failing to reach an amicable agreement. see TGI Nanterre, référé, 16 décembre 2004, Hotels Méridien c/ Google France English translation (Juriscom.net). see also Google loses French AdWords case (out-law.com).
- NO - Student must pay for links to music +/-
(BBC) A Norwegian student who ran a website which linked to downloadable MP3 files has been ordered to pay compensation by the country's Supreme Court. Frank Allan Bruvik was ordered to pay 100,000 kroner (£8,000) to the music industry in Norway. He was a student when he set up his napster.no site, which allowed users to submit and receive links to MP3 files. Bruvik had earlier been cleared on appeal after a lower court had found for the music industry.
- US - Movie body targets children's PCs +/-
(BBC) The body that represents the US movie industry has released its latest tool in its campaign to clamp down on movie file-sharing, aimed at parents. The Movie Association for America's (MPAA) free Parent File Scan software lets parents check their children's computers for peer-to-peer programs. It will also list all movie and music files they have on their hard drive. Parents then have the choice to remove programs and files. The MPAA said files found would not be passed on to it.
- US - The "De Minimis" Rule and Music Sampling +/-
(FEPP) A friend-of-the-court brief from the Brennan Center's Free Expression Policy Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation urges a U.S. Court of Appeals to reinstate the "de minimis" rule, arguing that sampling a few chords from musical recordings shouldn't amount to copyright infringement.
- EU - New programme to promote European digital content market +/-
(RAPID) The European Parliament voted with only one amendment in favour of the eContentplus programme, which will support the development of multi-lingual content for innovative, on-line services across the EU. The amendment, which is the result of a compromise with the Council, sets the budget of the programme at 149 MEUR for the period 2005-2008, and paves the way for a rapid adoption of the programme. eContentplus will tackle the fragmentation of the European digital content market and will improve the accessibility and usability of geographical information, cultural content and educational material.
- Grandes ambitions et petits soucis d'un outil libre de traduction +/-
(Libération) Comment s'affranchir des contraintes de l'interprétariat monnayées à des prix exorbitants et contourner la mainmise des multinationales sur les nouvelles technologies? Comment promouvoir l'usage des logiciels libres et prôner une réappropriation des savoirs? Bref, comment réinventer activisme politique et pratique artistiques? C'est le pari un peu fou de Nomad, un collectif d'«artivistes», artiste-activistes, une bande de militants anglais, français, tunisiens, indiens, équatoriens. Leur rêve: métamorphoser, le temps d'une conférence, une cabine de traduction. Histoire permettre l'interprétariat en 17 langues. Mais aussi l'archivage des discussions sur différents supports (site web, CD, DVD, etc.). Et enfin la diffusion internet en direct -ou quasi- via le streaming audio.
- DE - Studie: 90 Prozent der Jugendlichen haben ein eigenes Handy +/-
(Heise) Das Handy ist aus dem Alltag von Jugendlichen nicht mehr wegzudenken. 2004 besaßen einer Studie zufolge neun von zehn Jungen und Mädchen zwischen 12 und 19 Jahren ein Mobiltelefon, teilte der Medienpädagogische Forschungsverbund Südwest (MPFS) heute in Stuttgart mit. Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr sei die Zahl der jungen Handybesitzer um vier Prozentpunkte gestiegen. 1998 besaßen erst acht Prozent der Jugendlichen ein Handy.
- US - Child pornography reports up 39% +/-
(Press Release) Statistics from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) show child pornography reports to its CyberTipline, a congressionally mandated mechanism for reporting child sexual exploitation, jumped 39 percent in 2004, to 106,119. Since the CyberTipline was established in 1998, reports of these illegal images have dramatically increased every year. NCMEC believes the growth in reports can be attributed, in part, to new technologies including digital cameras and videos and peer-to-peer networking as well as an increased public awareness about the issue and a federal law requiring ISPs to report incidents of child pornography to the CyberTipline. However, only 142 of the more than 3,000 electronic communications service providers in the U.S comply with the federal law.
- US - Internet adoption +/-
(Pew Internet & American Life Project) A decade after browsers came into popular use, the Internet has reached into - and, in some cases, reshaped - just about every important realm of modern life. It has changed the way we inform ourselves, amuse ourselves, care for ourselves, educate ourselves, work, shop, bank, pray and stay in touch. Report
- US - Search Engine Users +/-
(Pew Internet & American Life Project) A new nationwide survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that internet users are extremely positive about search engines and the experiences they have when searching the internet. But these same satisfied internet users are generally unsophisticated about why and how they use search engines. They are also strikingly unaware of how search engines operate and how they present their results. Internet users trust their favorite search engines, but few say they are aware of the financial incentives that affect how search engines perform and how they present their search results.
- US - The Future of the Internet +/-
(Pew Internet & American Life Project) A wide-ranging survey of technology leaders, scholars, industry officials, and analysts finds that most internet experts expect attacks on the network infrastructure in the coming decade as the internet becomes more embedded in everyday and commercial life. They believe the dawning of the blog era will bring radical change to the news and publishing industry and they think the internet will have the least impact on religious institutions.