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Intellectual Property Enforcement

Swedish police to increase its fight against file-sharing

10 April, 2013
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Deutsch: Schwedische Polizei will härter gegen File-Sharer vorgehen


In a recent report, Sweden’s National Police Board proposes measures meant to increase its performance in fighting copyright infringements, as a result of meetings with entertainment company rightsholders.

DFRI asks EP President Schulz for missing ACTA documents

10 April, 2013
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Deutsch: DFRI verlangt fehlende ACTA-Dokumente von EP-Präsident Schulz


Swedish EDRi-member DFRI (Föreningen för digitala fri- och rättigheter) has asked the president of the European Parliament about a question from the Court of Justice of the European Union to the Commission that, according to a Commission spokesperson, made the Commission withdraw its referral of ACTA to the Court.

The Commission has stated that "the question asked by the Court of Justice as well as the letter of the Commission of 20 December 2012 have been served also on the European Parliament."

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DMCA take down requests to DMCA take down requests

10 April, 2013
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Deutsch: Google soll Löschanträge löschen


Google has recently refused to comply with the take down requests sent by several copyright holders asking for the taking down of their own take down requests (under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act - DMCA) which have now reached almost 20 million per month.

The reason for these requests is that by Google’s publishing the take down requests, there is actually a public index of links to alleged infringing material, thus the take down requests becoming themselves infringing material.

It is possible that these notices might be a by-product of the automate

Online piracy is not to be blamed for the drop in music revenues

27 March, 2013
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Deutsch: Online-Piraterie nicht schuld an rückläufigen Musikumsätzen


As continuously argued by different IT specialists, digital freedom activists and organisations during the last few years, online piracy does not affect music industry revenues, as it is shown by a new research performed by The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies which is part of European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

After having examined the browsing habits of 16 000 Europeans, the researchers found there is actually a positive relationship between online piracy and visits to legal music s

Spain: New draft law to increase copyright infringements penalties

27 March, 2013
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Deutsch: Urheberrecht in Spanien: Neuer Vorstoß für höhere Strafen


The Spanish Council of Ministers approved on 22 March 2013 the draft reform of the Intellectual Property Law, also known as Lassalle law, which is meant to punish more harshly some breaches of intellectual property rights.

According to the draft law, the websites infringing copyright on a large-scale will face fines of up to 300 000 Euro.

Civil society wants no intellectual property provisions in TAFTA

27 March, 2013
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Deutsch: Zivilgesellschaft gegen Urheberrechtsbestimmungen in TAFTA


More than 45 civil society organisations from US and Europe, including EDRi, ask that the proposed EU-US trade agreement called Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) should exclude any provisions related to patents, copyright, trademarks, or other forms of so-called "intellectual property".

US President Barack Obama, the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced on 13 February 2013 the official launch of negotiations of the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA),

A few days left to answer the IPRED consultation

27 March, 2013
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On 30 March 2013, the consultation on the intellectual property rights enforcement directive (IPRED) will be over. This means that you have three more days to let the European Commission know your thoughts on the current enforcement of copyright in the European Union.

The European Commission now wants to evaluate the efficiency of the current framework and whether or not a revision is necessary. It is the perfect occasion to raise attention to the necessity of a comprehensive copyright reform. Moreover, some questions seem to lead to the conclusion that Internet service providers should be responsible for dealing with alleged infringements online.

Total transparency on ACTA and TAFTA documents

13 March, 2013
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Deutsch: ACTA und TAFTA: Absolute Transparenz ist gefragt


In a letter sent to the president of the European Parliament, Linus Nordberg, a Swedish advocate, developer for Tor and representative of the EDRi-member Association for Digital Liberties from Sweden (Föreningen för digitala fri- och rättigheter – DFRI) asks for transparency and clarity regarding ACTA treaties and an immediate and full release to the public of the related documents.

Nordberg considers that The European Parliament (EP) has given ambiguous messages regarding ACTA, playing an “active role in transparency issues rela

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