QuickLinks 10 November 1997
issue no. 14
Links to news items about
legal and regulatory aspects of Internet and the information society, particularly those relating to information content, and
market and technology.
Legal and regulatory issues
- EU - Commission to rescue media project funds (European Voice) The European Commission has pledged to save a string of EU-funded film, media and culture projects which faced the axe after the European Parliament turned the screw on the EU's 1998 budget.
- L'Etat du Texas porte plainte contre Microsoft (Nomade/AFP) 'Etat du Texas a porté plainte vendredi contre Microsoft, accusant le géant des logiciels d'obstruction dans une enquête des autorités d'Austin sur d'éventuels agissements anti-concurrentiels.
- Texas sues Microsoft (News.com) The state of Texas filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, charging the software giant with interfering in the state's antitrust investigation. According to the suit, "Microsoft improperly binds its customers and licensees to contract terms that require them to inform Microsoft before providing information to state and federal antitrust investigators."
- Save our home taping! ( ZDNet) A coalition of consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and industry groups will take to the show floor at Comdex, seeking allies in its fight against proposed legislation it claims would outlaw the sales of new digital recording products such asDVD disks and players.
- House Passes Copyright Bill (InterActive Week) The U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Electronic Theft Act, a measure that would greatly broaden the conditions under which distributors of pirated software could be prosecuted. The bill also closes the so-called "LaMacchia loophole," a provision of copyright law that allows for criminal penalties against copyright infringes only when they profit from their actions.
Security & encryption
- USA - Sen. Murray on Support for U.S. Crypto Exports (Speech in Senate) Mr. President, I rise to discuss an issue of
great importance to Washington state. I remain deeply concerned about
the Administration's lack of progress in working with interested Senators and industry to craft a workable, effective solution for modernizing the United States export controls on products with
encryption capabilities. I have been involved in this debate for a long time, too long. We need to take action.
- USA - Rep. DeLay on Need for New Crypto Policy (Speech In House of Representatives) Mr. Speaker, I would like to call to my colleagues' attention the need for a new policy on encryption. A simple policy that lets American computer users continue to buy whatever encryption they want and that lets American companies remain internationally competitive by modernizing existing export controls.
Market & Technology
- Germany - Kirch et CLT/UFA signent le contrat créant leur télévision à péage commune (Nomade/AFP) Les groupes audiovisuels Kirch et CLT/Ufa ont annoncé samedi à Munich avoir finalisé la création d'une télévision à péage commune en signant un contrat regroupant leurs activités dans ce domaine au sein de la chaîne allemande payante Premiere.
- Government of Ireland Unveils E-Commerce Site (internetnews.com) The Irish government launched an international trade e-commerce site that features a search engine and a database directory of more than 3,000 Irish export companies. Available in six different languages, including English, French, Gaelic, German, Italian, and Spanish, the site also provides industry news and success stories, access to newsletters, and links to various export companies.
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