US Federal Judges Disagree on Legality of Uploading: “A US federal judge in a record industry lawsuit against college students finds in a pretrial ruling that leaving a copyrighted song where others can get at it with P2P software doesn’t constitute a copyright violation until someone downloads it. The Boston judge’s comments conflict with a New York federal judge’s statements that leaving a copyrighted file accessible could be illegal, even if nobody downloads it.
(Via Wired News.)
The Federal Constitutional Court in Germany has ruled that the identities of file-sharers must remain private and can no longer be revealed to media companies who accuse them of copyright infringement. In future, only those accused of ‘heavy’ crimes such as murder, child pornography or kidnapping will be revealed.
Germany has some of the toughest copyright laws and it’s thought that as many as 200,000 German file-sharers have had their identities revealed to entertainment and media companies, so that they may be threatened with legal action.
Following pressure from the IFPI, a court has ruled that ISPs should be forced to block access to a file-sharing link site. The Haifa District Court in Israel has ordered that the country’s three largest ISPs should block access to HttpShare.com, a BitTorrent and http hyperlink-only website.
According to a new study just released in the UK, one of the biggest causes of copyright infringement is a lack of choice. The study further shows that one third of the Brits have downloaded copyright infringing content, or plans to do so in the future.
This claim, published in the 2008 Digital Entertainment Survey (pdf), is only reiterating what has been said many times before – that trying to promote the artificial scarcity is what is fueling piracy.
2nd year results from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre – the UK’s dedicated organisation for tackling the sexual abuse of children – show the battle against child sex offenders continues to gather pace.
131 children have been safeguarded from sexual abuse either directly or indirectly as the result of CEOP activity – of which 18 have been identified through the examination of child abuse images.
297 arrests have been made as a result of CEOP activity.
6 organised paedophile rings have been dismantled or disrupted as a result of CEOP activity.
Since its launch, the Thinkuknow education programme has reached 1.7 million children and young people between the ages of 8 and 16 years across all parts of the UK.
A full copy of the CEOP Centre’s Annual Review 2007/08 and 2nd year figures is available at http://www.ceop.gov.uk/downloads/documents/ceopannualreview2008.pdf
They have been working on this for a while. It will be interesting to see whether it leads into anything. It would be also interesting to see if serious over-blocking (as well as under-blocking) will be witnessed with the certified products…
UK – Standard adopted for filtering tools: “(BSI)
The Kitemark for Child Safety Online has been launched with the Home Office and Ofcom to provide consumers – especially parents – reassurance that their children will not be subjected to undesirable web content. Manufacturers of filtering, monitoring and blocking applications can get their products certified against the Kitemark standard and those that pass the tests will be able to display the Kitemark symbol on their products. Parents will be able to see clearly and quickly which products will give their children the most effective protection whilst online. The Kitemark for Child Safety Online has been developed through a collaboration between BSI (the UK’s National Standards Body), the Home Office, Ofcom and representatives from ISPs and application developers.”
(Via QuickLinks Update.)
IWF’s Annual Report 2007 is out…
UK – IWF Annual Report highlights persistent core of child sexual abuse websites: “(IWF)
The Internet Watch Foundation Annual Report 2007 reveals new intelligence regarding the scale of publicly available child sexual abuse websites known to the IWF. Whilst it is very rare to trace these websites to the UK, the IWF has identified a core of 2755 websites hosted abroad during 2007; this total number has remained relatively static for three years and represents a concrete target which can be tackled through international partnerships. This target is characterised by websites, 80% of which are commercial operations, which frequently hop host company and region to avoid detection. These tactics, coupled with the complex multi-national nature of the crimes, mean that only a united global response involving law enforcement authorities, governments and the international online sector will enable effective investigation of these websites, their content and the organisations behind them.”
(Via QuickLinks Update.)
Latest issue of EDRI-gram is available now, and provides a good overview of recent developments at the Council of Europe level.
CoE – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: “(EDRI-gram)
The 9th meeting of the Council of Europe (CoE) group of specialists on Human Rights in the Information Society (MC-S-IS) was held in Strasbourg from 31 March to 2 April 2008. At the same time, on 1-2 April, another division of the CoE was holding in a building across the street its 2008 Octopus conference on cooperation against cybercrime. This schedule overlapping is not the only sign that CoE’s left hand seems to ignore what its right hand is doing: different divisions are also addressing same issues, though from different points of view and with different results.”
(Via QuickLinks Update.)