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Telecoms Package: The Rapporteur's Fear of the Penalty 

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| The Rapporteur of a European Parliament directive plays a crucial role at the 
| second reading: he must forge a compromise with the Council of Ministers  
| between the opinion expressed by the Parliament at the first reading and the 
| common position adopted by the Council. If he succeeds, this compromise 
| stands an excellent chance of becoming the report that comes to a vote in 
| parliamentary committee, then reach a vote in plenary session by all Members 
| of the European Parliament (MEPs). So the directive, the outcome of a 
| consensus between the two legislative bodies, will become European law. If 
| not, the Council and Parliament must reach an agreement for a third reading: 
| the conciliation phase.        


Amendment 138 scrapped in EU Telecoms Package deal 

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| Amendment 138, which  protects Internet users rights against blocking  and 
| 3-strikes measures, has been scrapped in a back-room EU deal. The European 
| Parliament has sacrificed users rights, in order to appease the French and UK 
| government demands, so that they can move ahead with plans for 3-strikes and  
| protocol blocking.    



Write to your MEP: say no to “3 strikes” through the backdoor

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| Could Europe be drafting a new law to disconnect suspected filesharers from
| the internet? MEPs have already signalled their condemnation of this
| approach. But last-minute amendments to telecommunications legislation could
| bring the so-called “3 strikes” approach in by the backdoor. If you want your
| MEP to stick to their guns on 3 strikes, write to them today to voice your
| concerns.
| [...]
| Over in France, President Nicolas Sarkozy (who also took over the European
| presidency yesterday) has put his weight behind legislation proposed by the
| Olivennes report. The bill, which has been delayed until the Autumn, will
| mandate termination of internet connections. It goes without saying that it
| is the subject of much controversy across the Channel.


Digital copyright: it's all wrong

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| The ACTA draft is a scary document. If a treaty based on its provisions were
| adopted, it would enable any border guard, in any treaty country, to check
| any electronic device for any content that they suspect infringes copyright
| laws. They need no proof, only suspicion.
| They would be able to seize any device - laptop, iPod, DVD recorder, mobile
| phone, etc - and confiscate it or destroy anything on it, merely on
| suspicion. On the spot, no lawyers, no right of appeal, no nothing.


Embattled ACTA Negotiations Next Week In Geneva; US Sees Signing This Year

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| Criticism from NGOs
| Canadian law expert David Fewer, staff counsel at the University of Ottawa’s
| Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, told the Ottawa Citizen
| that the discussion paper was very close to a potential Christmas wish-list
| by Hollywood companies.
| Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), in an earlier statement filed to USTR,
| warned against a lack in differentiation and clearness of core terms, like
| counterfeiting, infringement or piracy. “Is Microsoft a “pirate” for
| insisting on the right to continue to infringe the z4 patents in order to use
| an infringing DRM technology to protect Microsoft software itself from
| infringement by unauthorised uses?” KEI asked in its statement.


Microsoft could force your mobile into silence

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| Microsoft is developing a new technology that could force mobiles into silent
| mode, or even prevent calls from being made.
| [...]
| Phone jammers, which work in small spaces, are banned in the UK and come with
| a hefty fine for use.

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