QuickLinks - 17 December 1997
issue no. 29
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.
Bertelsmann Plans Internet Phone Service
Domain Name Group Broadens Membership
Legal and regulatory issues
Access to public sector information / IT in government
- Interdiction de lier Explorer à Windows 95: Microsoft fait appel
Le géant des logiciels Microsoft a interjeté appel lundi à la décision de justice qui lui interdit, temporairement, d'imposer aux constructeurs informatiques son logiciel d'accès sur Internet (Explorer) en même temps que son système d'exploitation Windows 95.
- USA - Justice not pleased with Microsoft's browser plan
(Nando.net - Agence France-Presse)
In the latest round of Microsoft's browser battle, the U.S. Justice Department accused the software company of failing to obey an order to stop forcing computer makers to use its Explorer browser with Windows 95. see also Wired, Time
- Microsoft Appeals Preliminary Injunction
Microsoft Corp. Monday announced it is appealing a preliminary injunction issued Thursday. The appeal was filed Monday morning in the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The software firm says that the Court was wrong to impose a preliminary injunction after it denied the Justice Department's petition to hold Microsoft in contempt. The company will, however, comply with the injunction, which prevents Microsoft from requiring Windows 95 licensees to carry the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser. see also News.Com, Wired News
- USA - Microsoft appeals preliminary injunction in anti-trust case
Microsoft on Monday appealed the preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge last week barring it from requiring PC vendors licensing its Windows operating system to also preinstall its Internet Explorer browser.
- Belgium - Des données informatiques du système Schengen volées en Belgique
Des données informatiques émanant des fichiers du système informatisé européen de Schengen ont été volées ces derniers mois à Bruxelles puis revendues à des groupes criminels, notamment aux Pays-Bas, a-t-on appris mardi de source judiciaire belge.
- EU - Copyright Directive
Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the Information Society
Data Protection (privacy)
- Le système informatique Schengen respecte la démocratie, selon M. Kanther
Le système informatique Schengen, où ont eu lieu des vols de données informatiques, ne constitue pas une atteinte à la vie privée, même s'il n'est pas inviolable, a estimé mardi le ministre allemand de l'Intérieur Manfred Kanther. (see also item under Computer crime)
- Sites still gather children's data
Numerous online children's sites seem to be ignoring guidelines set by the Federal Trade Commission regarding the collection of personal data from young surfers, the agency reported today.
Internet access and use
- USA - FCC lowers initial payments for Internet scheme
Big long-distance telephone carriers initially will pay lower fees than expected to fund a federal program to wire schools and libraries for the Internet, the head of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday. But FCC Chairman William Kennard said his agency does not plan to cut the $2.25 billion annual ceiling established under the 1996 Telecommunication Act to link schools and libraries to the global computer network at discounted rates.
Filtering and rating
- Cyber Patrol to block hate speech
Software maker Cyber Patrol and the Anti-Defamation League today announced a new filter that will bar access to anti-Semitic, racist, and other forms of hate speech online.
- Human Rights Groups Oppose Net Rating Rules
An international group of civil liberties and human rights advocacy groups has banded together to oppose the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS) proposals, intended to provide a standard means of rating and filtering Web sites.
- PICS Walks Fine Line on Net Filtering
The World Wide Web Consortium has produced new PICS specs in review, but will be made official recommendations by year's end. Foremost among the extensions is PICSRules 1.1, a language definition for writing general profiles consisting of filtering rules which can be made available on the Web by institutions and installed without configuration by the end user. Its complement, DSig 1.0, is a specification for creating digitally signed statements about resources.
- Rating the Net
(Jonathan Weinberg 19 HASTINGS COMM/ENT L.J. 453 (1997))
Market & Technology
- Free online computer games making their mark
( Nando.net - The Associated Press)
Online game designers hope computer game players will be lured by the prospect of games they can play for free. One of the hopefuls in the new and fast-growing industry is Boxerjam Productions, which has two free word-game programs online. It hopes to make money by selling ads.
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