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[News] Censorship and Other Internet Abuse in the UK, France, Chicago

  • Subject: [News] Censorship and Other Internet Abuse in the UK, France, Chicago
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 09 Jan 2010 10:53:49 +0000
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Why Nominet disconnected 1,000 sites with no court oversight

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| The body responsible for the .uk internet 
| addresses disconnected over 1,200 websites 
| without any oversight from a court. The 
| much-publicised action last month was 
| based only on police assertions about 
| criminal activity on the sites.
| Two Nominet executives have told 
| technology law podcast OUT-LAW Radio that 
| it severed the connection between 1,219 
| domain names and the sites that lay behind 
| them without the kind of court order that 
| web hosting companies would usually 
| demand.


France Considers 'Right To Forget' Law, Apparently Not Realizing The Internet Never Forgets

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| Yeah. Like that will work. Trying to 
| suppress information online doesn't work, 
| no matter what law you put in place. I'm 
| reminded of the convicted German murderer, 
| who is demanding that information on his 
| conviction be removed from Wikipedia under 
| a similar type of law. All that did was 
| call a lot more attention to the story.


Chicago Prosecutor's Office Leaks Old, Unsubstantiated, Discredited Internal Memo To Smear Innocence Project Founder

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| Last year, we wrote about the rather 
| troubling situation in Chicago, involving 
| prosecutors who were given information 
| from the famed Medill Innocence Project 
| (which consist of journalism students who 
| examine potential wrongful conviction 
| cases) indicating a wrongful conviction. 
| Rather than use the new evidence, the 
| prosecutors began a campaign against the 
| Innocence Project subpoenaing a ton of 
| information that has no bearing on the 
| case whatsoever, but seem designed to 
| intimidate the journalism students.



It's official: Blogging is a dangerous business

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| On the journalistic front, the raw figures
| speak for themselves: in 2009, 76 were killed
| (vs. 60 in 2008), 33 were kidnapped, 573 were
| arrested and 1456 physically assaulted. The
| most dangerous places to be a journalist were
| war zones and disputed elections.


Perfect Pitch Accused Of DMCA Abuse To Censor Criticism

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| Michael Scott points us to yet another
| (yes, another) case of copyfraud, where
| someone sends a DMCA takedown notice to
| stop criticism, rather than actual
| infringement. In this case, the party
| accused of misusing the DMCA in this manner
| (which is illegal) is whoever is behind the
| website PerfectPitch.com, who offers a fee-
| based training program that is supposed to
| help people learn to have (surprise,
| surprise) perfect pitch.


Auditor General Wields Crown Copyright To Demand Takedown

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| Crown copyright concerns were raised
| repeatedly during this summer's copyright
| consultation as many groups expressed the
| view that government works should be
| treated as public domain.  The issue
| generated some surprise from Industry
| Minister Tony Clement, who asked for
| examples about why crown copyright was a
| problem.


EFF Warns Texas Instruments to Stop Harassing Calculator Hobbyists

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| The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warned
| Texas Instruments (TI) today not to pursue its
| baseless legal threats against calculator
| hobbyists who blogged about potential
| modifications to the company's programmable
| graphing calculators.
| TI's calculators perform a "signature check"
| that allows only approved operating systems to
| be loaded onto the hardware. But researchers
| were able to reverse-engineer signing keys,
| allowing tinkers to install custom operating
| systems and unlock new functionality in the
| calculators' hardware. In response to this
| discovery, TI unleashed a torrent of demand
| letters claiming that the anti-circumvention
| provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright
| Act (DMCA) required the hobbyists to take down
| commentary about and links to the keys. EFF
| represents three men who received such letters.


Ralph Lauren And Its Lawyers Discover The Streisand Effect On Bogus DMCA Takedown

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| Boing Boing put up a post about it, along with the tag
| line "Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis." While
| some have questioned whether the ad is even real, one
| thing is clear: Ralph Lauren was not pleased. The
| company's lawyers at Greenberg Traurig sent DMCA takedown
| notices concerning both posts. Despite Blogger's new DMCA
| policy, Google still quickly took down the post at
| Photoshop Disasters, causing the site to ask whether or
| not Ralph Lauren or its lawyers have ever heard of the
| Streisand Effect (yay). BoingBoing's host, however,
| doesn't automatically take content down and passed along
| the info to BoingBoing, who quickly pointed out that this
| was clearly fair use (commentary, criticism, etc.) and
| the DMCA takedown wasn't being used to stop infringing
| content, but to stifle speech.


EFF: Chamber of Commerce Takes Aim at Yes Men

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| Attorneys for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
| have issued a takedown notice in an attempt
| to silence a parody website that was posted
| in support of the Yes Men's embarrassing
| prank poking fun at the Chamber's stance on
| climate change legislation.
| In a letter sent to the Chamber's attorneys
| today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation
| (EFF) demands that the baseless claims be
| withdrawn immediately.


Chamber Of Commerce Sues Yes Men; Someone Just Gave Protestors A Lot More Attention

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| While we weren't sure that the EFF was
| correct in suggesting the Yes Men's fake
| U.S. Chamber of Commerce website was a
| parody, we did think that it was rather
| short-sighted of the CoC to try to takedown
| the site, since it would only serve to give
| the Yes Men and their anti-CoC campaign more
| attention.


Latest Bogus DMCA Takedown Sent By NPR?

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| This is quite similar to when CBS tried to
| stop the McCain campaign from using a
| snippet of a broadcast in an ad. In both
| cases it seems that the use is a clear
| situation of fair use, with the content not
| being used for commercial reasons (yes, we'd
| like to believe that politics still isn't
| commercial) and only a snippet was being
| used.

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