Italian ISPs Say new Copyright Amendment Infringes Human Rights

 Posted by on July 28, 2017  Comments Off on Italian ISPs Say new Copyright Amendment Infringes Human Rights
Jul 282017
 

[Andy, TorrentFreak, Link (CC-BY-NC)] A copyright amendment approved by the Italian authorities breaches the EU convention on human rights, an ISP organization has warned. The law allows the Italian Communications Regulatory Authority to issue “take down, stay down” instructions to websites listing allegedly infringing content but without intervention from the judiciary.

After being spoken of in unfavorable terms by the United States Trade Representative in its Special 301 Reports, Italy achieved a sudden breakthrough in 2014. Continue reading »

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Nov 262015
 

tf logo[Ernesto for TorrentFreak, Link (CC-BY)] The German Supreme Court has opened the door for ISP blockades of copyright infringing sites. In a landmark decision the court ruled that ISPs can be required to block websites if copyright holders fail to identify their operators or hosting providers. Domain name blocking has become one of the entertainment industries’ go-to methods for reducing online copyright infringement. Continue reading »

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A User-Focused Commentary on the Trans Pacific Partnership ISP Safe Harbors

 Posted by on November 23, 2015  Comments Off on A User-Focused Commentary on the Trans Pacific Partnership ISP Safe Harbors
Nov 232015
 

Annemarie-BridyThis article is part of an IP-Watch and Infojustice.org series analyzing the Trans Pacific Partnership intellectual property provisions by leading experts around the world.  The series will publish weekly through the first quarter of 2016.

Section J of the TPP’s IP chapter, on ISP safe harbors, looks a lot like Section 512 of the DMCA, but the two frameworks differ in some important respects that could negatively impact the global environment for user speech online. This post offers a comparison of Section J and Section 512 with a focus on the rights of users and the status of user expression in the TPP’s intermediary safe harbor provisions. Continue reading »

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UNESCO Launches a New Publication on the Role of Internet Intermediaries

 Posted by on March 9, 2015  Comments Off on UNESCO Launches a New Publication on the Role of Internet Intermediaries
Mar 092015
 

Fostering freedom online: the role of Internet intermediaries; U[UNESCO press release, Link]  “Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries” is the title of a new title in the UNESCO Internet freedom series. With the rise of Internet intermediaries that play a mediating role on the internet between authors of content and audiences, UNESCO took a joint initiative, with the Open Society Foundations, the Internet Society, and Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, to examine this recent historical phenomenon and how it impacts on freedom of expression and associated fundamental rights such as privacy.

The case study research, collaboratively delivered by 16 international researchers led by Ms Rebecca MacKinnon and Mr Allon Bar, as well as 14 members of International Advisory Committee, covers of three categories of intermediaries: Continue reading »

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ISPs Can Be Required to Block Access to Pirate Sites, EU Court Hears

 Posted by on November 28, 2013  Comments Off on ISPs Can Be Required to Block Access to Pirate Sites, EU Court Hears
Nov 282013
 

EU flag[Andy, TorrentFreak, Link (CC-BY-NC)]   In legal advice to the EU Court of Justice, Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón today announced that EU law allows for Internet service providers to be ordered to block their customers from accessing known copyright infringing sites. The opinion, which relates to a dispute between a pair of movie companies and an Austrian ISP over the now-defunct site Kino.to, is not legally binding. However, the advice of the Advocate General is usually followed in such cases.  Continue reading »

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Ministers’ Statement Indicates Japan Will Soon Join TPP Negotiations; Peru Opens Registration for 17th TPP Round

 Posted by on April 22, 2013  Comments Off on Ministers’ Statement Indicates Japan Will Soon Join TPP Negotiations; Peru Opens Registration for 17th TPP Round
Apr 222013
 

japan-flagTrade Ministers of the eleven countries negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership held a side meeting at the APEC summit in Indonesia last week.  They issued a statement in which they agreed to keep working on outstanding issues (including IP), and indicated that Japan is closer to joining the negotiations.  Continue reading »

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Mar 212013
 

US-EUIn this year’s State of the Union Address, President Obama announced talks for a Transatlantic Trade and   Investment Partnership with the European Union. This agreement will likely include provisions on intellectual property (IP), which are often controversial . If IP provisions are included, they will likely reflect language in existing treaties. Below is a comparison of language between two of the most substantive and recent free trade agreements (FTAs) adopted by the US and the EU for one controversial area of IP: liability for internet service providers (ISP) for infringing content.

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PIJIP Res. Paper: “Positive Proposals for Treatment of Online Intermediaries”

 Posted by on February 28, 2012  Comments Off on PIJIP Res. Paper: “Positive Proposals for Treatment of Online Intermediaries”
Feb 282012
 

PIJIP Research Paper no. 2012-05

Author: Margot Kaminski

Abstract: In the past several years of free trade agreement negotiations, a number of proposals for establishing an international standard of liability for copyright infringement by online intermediaries have emerged.  These proposals consistently lack consideration of their implications for Internet users. Building off a public stakeholder presentation given by the author at the ninth round of negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, held in Lima, Peru, this paper aims to identify both general principles and specific user-protecting provisions that should be considered when discussing proposals for intermediary liability. Continue reading »

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