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[News] How Making Everyone a Criminal Takes Away Freedom

  • Subject: [News] How Making Everyone a Criminal Takes Away Freedom
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2009 23:27:21 +0100
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Criminalizing everyone

,----[ Quote ]
| Kathy and George Norris lived under the specter of a 
| covert government investigation for almost six months 
| before the government unsealed a secret indictment 
| and revealed why the Fish and Wildlife Service had 
| treated their family home as if it were a training 
| base for suspected terrorists. Orchids.
| That's right. Orchids. 


Philadelphia Eagles Sue Radio Station For Ticket Giveaways

,----[ Quote ]
| Radio station gives away Philadelphia Eagles tickets 
| and mentions Eagles in on-air promotions, without 
| authorization. 


US court says software is owned, not licensed

,----[ Quote ]
| Software company Autodesk has failed in its bid to 
| prevent the second-hand sale of its software. After a 
| long-running legal battle, it has not been able to 
| convince a court that its software is merely licensed 
| and not sold.



Secret criminal measures in EU - South Korea trade agreement

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| The EU and South Korea plan to initial a Free Trade Agreement
| in October. The trade agreement includes civil, border and
| criminal measures on the enforcement of copyright, trade mark
| rights, patents and other exclusive rights. The text of the
| agreement is secret.
| In the Netherlands, Vrijschrift.org last week asked the
| parliamentary Commission on Subsidiarity to investigate the EU
| - South Korea trade agreement. In 2006, this commission gained
| fame with its negative advice on the EU Criminal measures
| intellectual property directive proposal (IPRED2).
| Subsequently, both chambers of Dutch parliament agreed with
| the advice unanimously, and sent a letter to then EU
| Commissioner Frattini, with translated copies to the other
| national parliaments of the EU. IPRED 2 is now permanently
| stuck in the EU Council.


An attempt at forbidding Âhacker tools in Switzerland

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| The Federal Department of Justice and Police recently proposed to introduce
| legislation illegalizing so-called Âhacker tools in Switzerland as well.
| However, the proposed paragraph deviates massively from the original European
| cybercrime convention which it attempts to implement. Consequently, the
| legislation would not only outlaw Âhacker tools which can be used only by
| evildoers breaking into other peopleâs machines without permission, but in
| fact any type of tool used to test or ensure system security (such as Nessus,
| Metasploit, or even simple administrative tools used for network debugging,
| such as tcpdump, snoop or wireshark).


DVD Copying Case Focuses on âFair Useâ

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| The MPAA said there was no fair use defense to copying personal CDs. The MPAA
| presented that argument as it demanded a federal judge to continue barring
| sales of a DVD copying software that RealNetworks briefly put on the market
| last year.  The MPAA also said RealDVD was based on the work of Ukrainian
| hackers.


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.


Why protesters are now stalkers

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| One of the most heartbreaking articles I have ever read was a response column
| published recently in the Guardian. Edward Countryman explained that he was
| writing on behalf of his wife, Evonne Powell-Von Heussen, "who could not bear
| to face" the unintended consequences of the thing she had created.



Filming an illegal event isâ illegal?

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| Will recording or filming of events which are considered illegal in law now
| itself be considered illegal? This is what the Home Affairs Ministry seems to
| propose to amendments of the Films Act.


UK Citizens Worked Up About Broad And Vague Obscenity Law

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| I have to admit that I've never quite understood the point of any sort of
| obscenity laws. Perhaps it's just my inner-libertarian, but why should the
| government be outlawing what people look at -- especially when it comes to
| such a subjective standard as "obscenity." Over in the UK, many people are up
| in arms over a new pornography law that is so broad and so vague that it
| could outlaw certain Batman comics, among other things.


Defining the Limits of Digital Britain

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| Most importantly, beyond vague talk of âchanging the rulesâ it says little
| about redefining *precisely* what people should be allowed to do with that
| stuff freely â for example, by setting down in law new fair uses such as
| being able to take back-up copies of any digital content, use in quotations,
| parody etc.
| At the moment, most people ignore the letter of the law, because the law is
| totally outdated, and the law generally turns a blind eye to them doing it,
| because it would be hard to arrest most of the country's youth, but that's
| hardly a solution in the long term.


The European Parliament approves new, stricter anti-piracy directive 

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| The European Parliament voted yes on the new controversial directive
| Ipred 2 which concludes that all kinds of infringement of the 
| intellectual copyrights will be considered criminal. The directive 
| is actually stricter than that and even criminalizes attempts of
| infringing on copyrights. In theory this means that basically all
| video sites, P2P developers and other services used to spread
| material around the web is criminal.

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