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European Parliament rejects IPR as an internal security risk

23 May, 2012
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Deutsch: EP lehnt Durchsetzung von Urheberrechten im Rahmen der EU-Sicherheitst...


With a crushing majority of 503 in favour to 55 against and 56 abstentions, the European Parliament yesterday rejected the inclusion of the protection of intellectual property rights as a key element in the protection of Europe's internal security.

In a piece of what the Commission appears to have believed to be a piece of masterful political syllogism, it explained in its Internal Security Strategy (adopted at the end of 2010) that dangerous counterfeit goods are a threat

Bonnier Audio ruling in the Court of Justice - core questions left unanswered

19 April, 2012
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Ruling

Bonnier Audio took the Swedish Internet service provider (ISP), Perfect Telecommunication, to court to obtain a court order to disclose the identities of alleged infringers of their intellectual property (IP) rights. As a result, the Swedish High Court asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) if, assuming such a measure was proportionate, a Member State could introduce legislation which would require telecommunications data to be made available for such purposes. More specifically, would such a national measure be in breach of the Data Retention Directive?

ENDItorial: Searching for a Google strategy?

11 April, 2012
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Deutsch: ENDitorial: Auf der Suche nach einer Google-Strategie


The more time passes, the more difficult it is to explain the love-hate relationship between European conservatives and Google.

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.

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.

UK Court of Appeal stands behind the Digital Economy Act

14 March, 2012
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Deutsch: Britisches Berufungsgericht bestätigt Digital Economy Act


The Court of Appeal has recently rejected the claims made by the two UK ISPs, BT and TalkTalk, that the Digital Economy Act (DEA) violates EU laws.

DEA requires ISPs to send warning letters to widespread file-sharers advising them that complaints have been made against them, and to provide lists of alleged infringements to music and film companies.

The ISPs brought the issue to the court arguing that DEA breached EU laws on data protection and privacy by restricting the customers' basic rights, was incompatible with provisions set out in the E-Com

The plans to bring ACTA back to life

5 March, 2012
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Introduction

Following the initial discussions in the European Parliament and the overwhelmingly negative workshop that was held on 1 March, ACTA is close to dead in Europe. What are the strategies for bringing it back to life and how will this impact on other similar initiatives? How can activists ensure that our great success so far can be maintained?

Private copy levies draft law in Portugal

29 February, 2012
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Deutsch: Portugal: Abgaben auf Privatkopien geplant


A draft law proposed by the Portuguese Socialist Party (PS) in December 2011 is intended to set broad, exponentially increasing levies on digital storage devices with the support of collective rights entities like the portugese authors guild (SPA) and a collective society for the management of private copy (AGECOP).

Taxes are introduced on all digital storage equipment, from hard and solid storage disks at 2 eurocents/GB and 2,5 eurocents/GB for every GB over 1TB, memory cards at 6 eurocents/GB, to telephones and other devices not specifically list

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