- ES - Spain arrests 186 in child porn crackdown +/-
(Reuters) Spanish police have arrested 186 people throughout the country in a crackdown on the distribution of child pornography. In two parallel operations, 650 officers searched 188 homes and found evidence of child pornography distribution across the Internet using peer-to-peer software and a system of passwords. The operations were part of a high-priority police crackdown on child pornography and were the most extensive ever undertaken in Spain.
- Europe - Child porn raids in 13 countries +/-
(AP) European police have raided 150 addresses in 13 countries in a coordinated operation against a major child pornography ring, Europol said. The European joint police force said the operation, code-named Icebreaker, netted computers, videos and evidence of the sexual abuse of children. It was "the largest international police operation ever coordinated and supported by Europol within this area of crime," said a statement from the agency. The raids were carried out in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
- G8 to launch international paedophile database +/-
(Guardian) The world's wealthiest nations are to set up an international database to help police track down paedophiles and rescue their victims. The UK Home Office confirmed that home affairs and justice ministers from G8 countries have endorsed the creation of the international child sexual exploitation database, which will allow police in their countries to share and compare paedophile images found on the internet. The system should make it possible to identify offenders and victims more quickly.
- Phishers going after small fry +/-
(CNET News.com) While most of the fraud schemes still focus on big businesses such as major banks, smaller financial companies are increasingly being hit, said a report by the Anti-Phishing Working Group.
- UK - Scotland - MSPs pass internet 'grooming' law +/-
(BBC) A bill to clamp down on paedophiles grooming children on the internet has been passed by MSPs at Holyrood. The Protection of Children Bill will make it an offence to set up meetings with under-16s via internet chatrooms and carry a maximum 10-year sentence. The law will allow courts to impose a new risk of sexual harm order (RSHO) to curb the activities of those suspected of being a danger to children.
- ES - Record labels close Spanish song site +/-
(CNET News.com) One of the oldest Web sites offering inexpensive music downloads has closed, after years of legal battles with record labels. Weblisten.com, which has operated in Spain since 1997, offered subscribers the ability to download an unlimited number of songs for about $40 a month. It also offered shorter, cheaper windows of time that lasted a week or a weekend.
- EU - IT groups win EU ruling on patents +/-
(FT) Big technology groups such as Nokia, Siemens and Philips scored a significant victory when a key European parliament committee rejected plans that would have curtailed their ability to win patents for their inventions. In a narrow and keenly awaited decision, the parliament's legal affairs committee threw out proposals for a sweeping overhaul of a controversial European Union proposal known as the software patents directive. Most importantly, they voted down the overwhelming majority of amendments that would have made it more difficult for companies to win patent protection for software-related inventions.
- UK - Mother faces music for girl's illegal downloads +/-
(Guardian) A teenager's penchant for the bands Coldplay and Oasis left her mother contemplating prison yesterday. Sylvia Price has received a demand for £4,000 in compensation by solicitors acting for the music industry after her daughter, Emily, was caught illegally downloading songs by her favourite artists. Mrs Price, a self-confessed computer illiterate, said: 'I don't know where I'm going to get the money from. I'll have to go to prison because I haven't got that kind of money.'
- UK - Software piracy 'seen as normal' +/-
(BBC) Campaigns to persuade people to stop downloading pirated games or software from the internet are not working, a report suggests. Two UK university researchers found that people did not see downloading copyrighted material as theft. The findings are unwelcome news for the games industry, which says it loses more than £2bn annually from piracy. The report of the government-funded study, called Fake Nation, is by Dr Jo Bryce of the University of Central Lancashire and Dr Jason Rutter of the University of Manchester.