- FR Publication de la Convention sur la cybercriminalité au Journal Officiel +/-
(FDI) La Convention sur la cybercriminalité, signée par la France le 23 novembre 2001, est entrée en vigueur avec l'adoption du décret du 23 mai 2006. Conséquence directe de cette publication au Journal Officiel, la Convention internationale est désormais opposable et invocable par les justiciables français.
- RU - Internet child porn crime rate low +/-
(Itar-Tass) The incidence of crimes related to the dissemination of child pornography on the Internet in Russia is not high, the Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass. 'An analysis of the criminal situation shows that the crimes related to the dissemination on the Internet of pornographic materials involving minors are not of mass character. The Russian segment of the Internet is actively used by owners of foreign porn sites for redirection of users'.
- UK - Child porn convictions will be reported to banks +/-
(out-law.com) Police will be able to pass details of child pornography offenders on to banks so that offenders' credit cards can be revoked. The Home Secretary has issued an order for the amendment of the Data Protection Act which will be read in both houses of Parliament. The order was requested by credit card issuers and is the result of three years of negotiation between the industry and the Home Office according to a spokeswoman for issuers' organisation APACS, the UK payments association. see also Home Office child porn control goes too far, says privacy chief.
- US - Net companies pledge child porn crackdown +/-
(CNET News.com) In an attempt to forestall potentially intrusive new federal laws, a coalition of Internet companies has launched a campaign against child pornography that they say will tip off police to illegal images. The Internet companies - AOL, EarthLink, Microsoft, United Online and Yahoo - are pledging $1 million in cash and technical assistance to develop technology that can 'detect and disrupt the distribution of known images of child exploitation' on the Internet. The coalition's effort will take place under the auspices of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
- CN - Music industry to sue Yahoo China +/-
(BBC) The music industry is to sue Yahoo China for allegedly providing links to pirated tracks. Yahoo China is the second largest search engine in the country, and is 40% owned by Yahoo. Last year the International Federation of the Phonographic Industries, whose members include EMI, Sony BMG and Warner Music, sued Baidu, the most popular search engine in China and the dispute is ongoing.
- DE - Legal victory for Google in library project +/-
(Guardian) Google has won a crucial victory in a German court as it tries to persuade publishers that its drive to digitise library books to get at the information inside is not an attempt to smash copyright laws. Scientific publisher Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG), backed by the German publishers association, had asked a Hamburg court for an injunction stopping the American web giant from scanning its books as part of its library project. The copyright chamber of the regional court of Hamburg indicated that its petition for an injunction was unlikely to succeed. The court rejected WBG's argument that the scanning of its books in the US infringes German copyright law.
- ES - Spain adds levy to blank discs +/-
(out-law.com) The Spanish government will add a levy to blank media such as CDs and DVDs to hand over to copyright holders to compensate for the duplication of copyrighted materials. The move follows the lead of most European countries, which charge a levy on goods likely to be used to copy music or films or other copyrighted works. Though the UK bans all copying, most European countries permit copying for personal use and use the levy as a way to reimburse copyright holders.
- FR - Le projet Dadvsi définitivement adopté par le Parlement +/-
(ZDNet.fr) Malgré les appels pressants des opposants au texte, le Sénat et l'Assemblée nationale ont aujourd'hui adopté définitivement le projet de loi Dadvsi. ZDNet.fr décrypte les principales mesures qui ont été validées en commission mixte paritaire (CMP). Le texte légitime les DRM et redéfinit le concept d´interopérabilité. Il précise également les sanctions encourues par les éditeurs de logiciels "peer-to-peer".
- FR - Virgin France fined over piracy +/-
(BBC) French music retailer Virgin France has been fined 600,000 euros for music piracy. The firm, owned by Lagardere, was fined for illegally downloading Madonna's Hung Up to resell on its own website. An industrial court found Virgin France unit Virginmega had ignored an exclusive deal reached by Warner Music France with France Telecom and Orange.
- UK lawsuit proceeds against Russian MP3 site +/-
(Reuters) The British music industry's trade group has been cleared to sue the controversial Russian music download site AllofMP3.com in London's High Court. AllofMP3.com, which offers album downloads for as little as £1, is Britain's second-most popular online music service. The Russian site claims to be in compliance with local copyright laws, but music labels say they have not given permission for AllofMP3 to sell their songs.