- CA - Entwistle on a copyright policy that encourages innovation +/-
(Michael Geist) Telus CEO Darren Entwistle: A voice for a copyright policy that encourages innovation, compensation for artists, and full respect for consumer rights. It is not everyday that the CEO of a major Canadian company says "lastly, and perhaps most importantly, it is time to update our copyright regime" and then proceeds to outline a vision that focuses on robust fair use rather than dangerous anti-circumvention legislation.
- DK - New court setback for Allofmp3.com +/-
(IFPI) A Danish court has delivered a fresh blow to illegal music website allofmp3.com in a ruling that will make it harder for users to access the site. Allofmp3.com sells and distributes copies of hundreds of thousands of songs by international and local artists without any permission to do so. The Danish court ordered the internet provider Tele2 to block its subscribers' access to the illegal Russian music service. The case was filed by IFPI Denmark, representing the Danish recording industry. The order sides unconditionally with IFPI Denmark and directs Tele2 to stop its subscribers' access to allofmp3.com. see also MP3 Web site in Russia goes from cheap to free amid legal battles (IHT).
- FR - L'édition française poursuit Google pour contrefaçon +/-
(01net) Le Syndicat national de l'édition (SNE) poursuit en justice Google pour contrefaçon et atteinte au droit de la propriété intellectuelle. L'organisme, qui représente 90 % des éditeurs français, reproche à l'américain de numériser sans autorisation des oeuvres littéraires encore protégées par le droit d'auteur. Il en met des extraits à disposition - de façon aléatoire - sur son service « Google recherche de livres ». Plusieurs milliers d'ouvrages seraient concernés.
- IBM: Amazon violates our patents +/-
(CNET) Big Blue files suit, saying mega e-tailer is infringing intellectual property ranging from advertising to hyperlink technology. IBM has targeted Amazon.com with two patent infringement lawsuits filed Monday, claiming that the online retail giant is willfully exploiting a number of its patents.
- IGF: more free content for the Internet +/-
(Heise) As a counterpoint to ever more stringent copyright provisions an international treaty on Access to Knowledge (A2K) should be drawn up, a South African representative during a discussion on the openness of networks at the Internet Governance Forum has said. For some time now South Africa, a number of governments of newly industrialized countries as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been advertising the A2K Initiative toward the member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
- JP - YouTube cuts 30,000 illegal clips +/-
(BBC) Video-sharing service YouTube has wiped nearly 30,000 files from its website after Japanese media companies said their copyright was being infringed. The Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers found 29,549 music video, movie and TV clips had been posted without permission. YouTube was recently bought by search giant Google for $1.65bn.
- MySpace 'to block illegal files' +/-
(BBC) Social networking site MySpace is to block users from uploading copyrighted music to its pages. It will use a file-filtering application to scan old and new content to weed out any unauthorised material. Illegal files, the company said, would be removed and persistent offenders would be banned from the site.
- UK - Copying own CDs 'should be legal' +/-
(BBC) It is not the music industry's job to decide consumer rights, says Institute for Public Policy Research. The think-tank has called for outdated copyright laws to be rewritten to take account of new ways people listen to music, watch films and read books.
- UK - Landmark ruling denies UK patent to document assembly +/-
(OUT-LAW News) A landmark Court of Appeal ruling has refused a company the right to a patent for a piece of software. The ruling, at an unusually high judicial level, is a blow for companies which want the UK to follow America's lead and allow software to be patented.
- UK - This is so depressing +/-
(Lessig blog) by Lawrence Lessig. So as noted here before, Britain is considering extending its copyright term for recordings from 50 years to 95 years - including both existing recordings and recordings in the future. The ippr just released a very smart report about IP issues generally. It identifies well the errors in this pattern of extension.
- US - Abusing The DMCA To Take Down Any Content +/-
(Techdirt) This has been quite a week for stories about people abusing the DMCA. Now we've got more examples of similar abuses. The first also comes from the EFF who has filed a lawsuit against someone for abusing the DMCA. The person in question apparently did some stuff online to annoy a lot of people, and when others wrote nasty articles about him, he simply filed DMCA complaints to get ISPs to take down the stories -- even though there was absolutely no copyright infringement at all.
- US - Microsoft to support Novell's SuSE Linux +/-
(The Register) Microsoft has agreed to sell cancer. Or least to support Novell's SuSE Linux and be more friendly to the open source operating system. In a bizarre corporate tie-up, Microsoft looks set to announce a partnership with a company it's spent years trying to crush. The company will reveal a support and software development deal with Novell around SuSE Linux. In addition, Microsoft is expected to pledge that it will not sue over IP issues around the OS.
- US - Supreme Court to review Microsoft patent appeal +/-
(CNET News) The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to wade into a patent case involving Microsoft and AT&T. The outcome could alter the scope of damages that software companies must hand over for infringing activity occurring abroad.
- EU - Radio tags spark privacy worries +/-
(BBC) A perceived threat to privacy posed by radio tags has emerged as the main fear in an EU study of the technology. Unveiling the study, EU commissioner Viviane Reding said citizens needed re-assuring that radio tags would not lead to large-scale surveillance. Many of those contributing to the EU study also wanted the radio frequency ID tags to be turned off if needed. Ms Reding said she was ready to draft new laws to control how the radio frequency tags could be used.
- EU - RFID: Why we need a European policy +/-
(RAPID) Speech by Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media. EU RFID 2006 Conference: Heading for the Future, Brussels, 16 October 2006. see also Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID): Frequently Asked Questions on the Commission's Public onsultation.
- How to hide in a connected world +/-
(BBC) As we enter a more connected world, where devices talk to each other and make sense of the masses of data we create, the issue of how much control we have over this process becomes more important.
- IGF - Dynamic Coalition on Privacy launched at Athens +/-
(IGF Community) At the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a diverse group of stakeholders has agreed to launch a Dynamic Coalition on Privacy, which will address emerging issues of internet privacy protection such as digital identities, the link between privacy and development, and the importance of privacy and anonymity for freedom of expression. It will initiate an open process to further develop and clarify the public policy aspects of privacy in internet governance in the perspective of the next IGF meeting in Brazil in 2007.
- Most countries issue passports with radio tags +/-
(CNET News) Despite security and privacy concerns, all but three of the countries required by the U.S. to issue passports with radio tags are now doing so, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. Except for Andorra, Brunei and Liechtenstein, all of the 27 countries whose citizens can travel to the U.S. without a visa are now issuing "e-Passports," the department said in a statement. The passports include a radio frequency identification, or RFID, chip with the holder's information and a biometric identifier, such as a digital photograph.
- UK - Britain is 'surveillance society' +/-
(BBC) Fears that the UK would 'sleep-walk into a surveillance society' have become a reality, the government's information commissioner has said. Richard Thomas, who said he raised concerns two years ago, spoke after research found people's actions were increasingly being monitored. "
- IGF - Cuba: We're forced to 'finance' the Internet +/-
(CNET News.com) Debate erupts at United Nations summit over Cuba's Net connection, including why it's expensive and whether it's censored. A Cuba government official told the Internet Governance Forum that the U.S. government was to blame for the poor Internet access that its citizens enjoy. A longtime Internet engineer and researcher was present and challenged those claims.
- IGF - Free speech online 'under threat' +/-
(BBC) Bloggers are being asked to show their support for freedom of expression by Amnesty International. The human rights group also wants web log writers to highlight the plight of fellow bloggers jailed for what they wrote in their online journals. The organisation said fundamental rights such as free speech faced graver threats than ever before.
- IGF - The Internet - key to freedom, democracy and economic development +/-
(RAPDI) Speech by Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media, Internet Governance Forum Athens, 30 October 2006.
- IGF - U.N. summit revives concerns about Net control +/-
(CNET News) A long-simmering dispute over whether the U.S. government has too much control over the Internet's underpinnings will heat up again next week at a United Nations summit in Greece. Officially, the inaugural meeting of the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum is designed to explore topics like free speech, security, spam and multilingualism. But the diplomatic subtext is more pointed: Does the U.S. government have too much influence over how Internet addresses are allocated and domain names are assigned?
- IGF - World discusses internet future +/-
(BBC) The future of the net is the ambitious topic under discussion at the first global Internet Governance Forum being held in Athens. It has been set up by the UN to give governments, companies, organisations and individuals space for debate. see Reporter's Log.
- The future of the Internet +/-
(Berkman Center) If you're interested in 'the future of the Internet,' the long-term trend of parsing out Internet functions to specialized devices, or the One Laptop Per Child Initiative, check out this summary of Prof. Jonathan Zittrain's presentation on the future of the Internet at LSE.
- Web inventor fears for the future +/-
(BBC) The developer of the world wide web says he is worried about the way it could be used to spread misinformation and "undemocratic forces". The web has transformed the way many people work, play and do business. But Sir Tim Berners-Lee told BBC News he feared that, if the way the internet is used is left to develop unchecked, "bad things" could happen. He wants to set up a web science research project to study the social implications of the web's development.
- EMI chairman: the CD is dead +/-
(Digital Media Wire) EMI Music boss Alain Levy says CDs are dead and soon, music companies won't be able to sell them without 'value-added' material. Some 60% of consumers put CDs into PCs to transfer the contents to digital music players, he declared.
- Google buys JotSpot, dips into wiki world +/-
(CNET News) Google has bought JotSpot, a 3-year-old company with a system for building collaborative Web pages called wikis. JotSpot CEO Joe Kraus announced the acquisition on a blog Tuesday morning, saying that being part of search giant Google will give JotSpot access to "world-class" data centers and engineers.
- The ever-expanding universe of Google +/-
(International Herald Tribune) Google's search engine became a cultural phenomenon and a verb back around 2003. Since then, Google has introduced more than two dozen applications and tools. Last week it bought YouTube, the video-sharing site, one of the most habit-forming services on the Web. The acquisition gives Google's regular users - 41 percent of those who search the Internet - one more reason to feel they are living on Planet Google.
- UK - Virgin ends ad campaign with anarchic site +/-
(Guardian) Virgin has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn after a new viral advertising campaign backfired spectacularly. The company had asked readers of b3ta.com, an online community known for bad taste jokes, to create a new advert for the Virgin Money brand. Hundreds of entries were submitted, but last week the company pulled the competition from the internet after concerns over some of the submissions.