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Hadopi report says nothing about decreases in sales

11 April, 2012
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Deutsch: Hadopi: Bericht verschweigt Rückgang bei den Verkaufszahlen


Although French Hadopi authority has issued its new report to show how effective the three-strikes law was in 2010 cutting Internet piracy to half, the reality is that the system has brought no increase in the revenues for the culture industry as expected by the law promoters.

“Benchmarking studies covering all of the sources available shows a clear downward trend in illegal P2P downloads.

Spanish Sinde law brings about the first website take down requests

11 April, 2012
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Deutsch: Erste Sperrverfügungen nach dem spanischen Sinde-Gesetz stehen an


The Spanish Minister of Culture has stated that in only one month since the Spanish anti-piracy law (known as Sinde Law) has been passed, the Commission for Intellectual Property (CIP) has received more than 300 complaints against websites allegedly infringing copyrights, including 79 site takedown requests.

The law that was passed on 1 March 2012, after Spain was threatened of being included on US trade blacklist, allows for the blocking of allegedly infringing sites based on reports from copyright

9 June 2012 – European Action Day Against ACTA

11 April, 2012
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Deutsch: 9. Juni 2012: Europäischer Aktionstag gegen ACTA


On 9 June, there will be another day of action which will give protesters the opportunity to gather across Europe to voice their opposition to the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Civil society protests erupted in February 2012 to express concerns regarding ACTA's impact on fundamental rights and encouragement for Internet surveillance.

ENDitorial: European Parliament defends itself and democracy from ACTA

28 March, 2012
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Deutsch: ENDitorial: Europäisches Parlament verteidigt sich und die Demokratie...


The decision of this week of the European Parliament not to refer ACTA to the European Court of Justice was a decision which has ramifications far beyond the ACTA dossier itself. It is one which will have long-term effects on the institutional standing of the European Parliament.

The functioning of the EU decision-making process relies on a broadly equal balance between the three main institutions - the Commission, the Parliament and the Council (Member States). The European Parliament is the only directly elected institution.

New German court decision on traffic filtering

28 March, 2012
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Deutsch: Deutsches Gericht entscheidet über Netzfilter


A Higher Regional Court in Hamburg ruled on 14 March 2012 that the file-hosting site RapidShare had to proactively filter the files uploaded by its users. A court's press release stated RapidShare was required to block its users from uploading a list of 4 000 files allegedly infringing copyrights.

The present ruling comes to confirm three separate previous rulings by a lower court in cases brought by German booksellers, book publishers and a music rights group.

ICANN will cooperate in taking down websites for copyright infringements

28 March, 2012
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Deutsch: Urheberrecht: ICANN will bei der Verhängung von Netzsperren kollabori...


During its 43rd international meeting that took place in San José, Costa Rica between 11 and 16 March 2012, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) expressed its intention to increase its cooperation with global law enforcement agencies and governments, to combat copyright infringements.

There are 22 registries containing domain names registered in a top-level domain and over 700 registrars accredited by ICANN.

ENDitorial: About copyright reform

14 March, 2012
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Deutsch: ENDitorial: Zur Urheberrechtsreform


EDRi presentation to ALDE Group Meeting on 7 March 2012

In this short presentation, I will briefly address two points. Firstly, the need to soberly assess the very difficult position we currently find ourselves in and, secondly, the dangers of failing to learn from past mistakes and endangering the openness of the Internet - its core asset that gives it the societal and economic benefits that we all now take for granted.

According to Commissioner Neelie Kroes, "citizens increasingly hear the word copyright and hate what is behind it.

ACTA debates in Europe

14 March, 2012
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Deutsch: Europa diskutiert ACTA


Several debates on ACTA are going around in several European countries these days. We would present in this article two events where EDRi participated in the past week in Brussles and Helsinki.

A Policy Forum on ACTA was organized in Brussels on 6 March 2012 by the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in cooperation with IBBT-SMIT.

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