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[News] Web Censorship Spreads to Australia, Italy, US

  • Subject: [News] Web Censorship Spreads to Australia, Italy, US
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 23:35:24 +0000
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Filtering coming to Australia in 2010

,----[ Quote ]
| It looks like the Australian blogosphere 
| and twitterverse are in an uproar, and the 
| media have not been very kind. What 
| remains to be seen is how much this issue 
| can crossover into the mainstream public 
| consciousness. If the policy is seen as a 
| vote-loser rather than a crowd pleaser, 
| the Government might be a little readier 
| to see reason.
| So is Australia the new Iran? Should you 
| encrypt your hard drive or install a VPN 
| before visiting Australia next year? Well, 
| itâs not the law of the land yet, but 
| unless the political winds change, 
| Australia is set to join a club with some 
| rather unsavoury members.


Google accused of scrubbing bloody Berlusconi pics

,----[ Quote ]
| Move over, Facebook. Now Google is caught 
| in the middle of Italy's epic row over 
| Sunday's violent assault on Prime Minister 
| Silvio Berlusconi.
| Bloggers, netizens, and at least one news 
| organization are claiming that the web 
| giant has removed images of a bloodied 
| Berlusconi from the Italian incarnation of 
| Google Image search. On Wednesday 
| afternoon, a blog post from Google Italia 
| said it had not removed the pics, pointing 
| out that it takes time for newer content 
| to appear on Image Search, but many 
| continue to insist that the photos 
| appeared on the site earlier in the week.


Rapist ex-lawmaker claims copyright on his name, threatens legal action against anyone who uses it without permission

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| Former South Dakota State Rep. Ted Alvin 
| Klaudt -- presently serving time for 
| raping his two foster daughters -- is 
| sending bizarre "copyright notices" from 
| prison to news agencies and outlets that 
| use his name in print or online, claiming 
| a "common law copyright" on his name and 
| demanding $500,000 for any unauthorized 
| use. 


Ex-Lawmaker Convicted of Rape: Name Is Copyrighted 


North Face sues South Butt

,----[ Quote ]
| The North Face Apparel Corp. has sued the 
| South Butt LLC, seeking to put a stop to 
| University of Missouri college freshman 
| Jimmy Winkelmannâs parody clothing line.


Hiring Of FCC Scholar Criticized

,----[ Quote ]
| The FCC's hiring this week of Stuart 
| Benjamin, a telecommunications law 
| professor on leave from Duke University, 
| as a "distinguished scholar in residence" 
| drew sharp criticism Friday from the 
| Parents Television Council, which claims 
| that he's called for long-standing 
| broadcast indecency law to be found 
| unconstitutional, CongressDaily reported.


Journalist Fired After Critical Report Published 

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| A journalist who wrote for the Summit 
| Daily News claims he was fired because his 
| publisher was concerned about losing 
| advertising dollars after he wrote a 
| column that was critical of how ski 
| resorts report their daily snow totals.
| Bob Berwyn has more than a decade 
| reporting the news in Colorado's high 
| country. He was terminated at the Daily 
| News five days after the column was 
| published.



Google weighs in to Aussie firewall row

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| Google has criticised the Australian
| government's forthcoming mandatory ISP
| censorship system for targeting a "too wide"
| a range of content.


Australia introduces web filters

,----[ Quote ]
| Australia intends to introduce filters which
| will ban access to websites containing
| criminal content.
| The banned sites will be selected by an
| independent classification body guided by
| complaints from the public, said
| Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

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