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Archive for May 8th, 2008

US News: House passes copyright enforcement bill

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

House passes copyright enforcement bill: “The legislation approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would allow law enforcement authorities to seek the forfeiture of property used in copyright infringement.

(Via Macworld.)

Porn Ban starts next January (2009)?

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

I have yet to receive any confirmation of this but I assume secondary legislation and further guidelines will be drawn before the extreme pornography provisions come into force following the enactment of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.

BBC – Newsbeat: “Last Updated: Thursday, 8 May 2008, 08:29 GMT 09:29 UK Violent porn ban gets the green light, By Hannah Morrison, Newsbeat reporter”

Today a new law gets the final go-ahead which will make it illegal to own violent porn. From next January extreme videos, photos and online material will be banned.

That includes any image where it looks like someone’s life could be in danger or where parts of their body could be seriously hurt.

The government’s making it a crime to own this stuff because it thinks looking at these images could encourage violent behaviour.

But critics say it’s going to make criminals out of people who look at violent porn with no intention of harming anyone.

Here are two very different views on the changes.

Rowling privacy ruling bolsters Commissioner’s view of data protection law

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Rowling privacy ruling bolsters Commissioner’s view of data protection law: “The Court of Appeal’s ruling in JK Rowling’s privacy case confirms that a breach of other laws can result in an automatic breach of the Data Protection Act, an expert has said.”

(Via OUT-LAW News.)

MPAA Demands $15 Million from The Pirate Bay

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

MPAA Demands $15 Million from The Pirate Bay

This is an article from: TorrentFreak

The movie titles they are claiming damages for are Harry Potter, Syriana, The Pink Panther and Walk the Line and the 13 episodes of the popular TV-show Prison Break. MPAA demands 222,50 kronor ($37) for each download. For Harry Potter, 261,50 kronor ($43) and for the first season of Prison Break 416 kronor ($68).

‘The Pink Panther’ is the most popular title among Pirate Bay users; the least popular, by a mile, is ‘Syriana’. The movies have been downloaded 49,593 and 3,679 times respectively, according to MAQS, the law firm which represents MPAA.’

Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde (Brokep) is not impressed by Hollywood’s claims, he told TorrentFreak in a response: ‘They know they are losing, and try to make us look like big criminals by adding some zeros to a claim for a made-up crime.’

‘The worst thing is that I lost 100 kronor on a bet on the number they would come up with,’ Sunde added. ‘And, it sucks that they didn’t claim more than for Napster and the other sites. It’s cooler to break the record.’

When Monique Wadsted, MPAA’s lawyer and a talkshow host, was asked whether the MPAA really thinks every download is a lost sale, she said: ‘We don’t know that, but the copyright law doesn’t care about that. It says that if you have downloaded something illegally, you must pay regardless, if you would’ve bought it or not.’

Wadsted expects the worst now she has announced the claims, even being hacked by Pirate Bay fanboys: ‘I know that they have an increased interest in my person and that they try to ridicule me. I also count on having my computer hacked. As a business lawyer, I’m not used to these kinds of reactions.’

MPAA is not the only organization claiming damages. A month ago, IFPI claimed $2.5milion in damages and earlier today Antipiratbyrån asked for (1.1 million. This January, prosecutor Håkan Roswall asked the court for a $188,000 fine for four individuals – Fredrik Neij (’TiAMO’), Gottfrid Svartholm (’Anakata’), Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström.

There is no date set for the court case yet, but it will probably take a few more months before the trial starts.

To be continued.

MPAA Demands $15 Million from The Pirate Bay

Bits: Facebook Agrees to Protect Young Customers

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Bits: Facebook Agrees to Protect Young Customers: “Facebook has reached an agreement with state attorneys general to implement a new set of safety measures to protect young users.

(Via NYT > Technology.)

Bits: The New Hacker Economics

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Bits: The New Hacker Economics: “Company e-mail, business documents and personal health information are the new targets of choice for illegal hackers, according to a maker of Web security software and appliances.

(Via NYT > Technology.)

Lords give extreme porn bill a final reading

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Lords give extreme porn bill a final reading: “

Brace for dirty book burnings, smut amnesties

It must be ever so vexing to pass a law that you think will make you the most popular boy in class – only to be greeted by a mass chorus of ‘you still stink!’.…

That seems to have been the case with the abolition of the 10p rate of tax, and it may yet come to pass with government legislation on extreme porn.

Of course, it isn’t law yet. The Criminal Justice Bill – of which it is part – receives the Royal Assent tomorrow (8 May). But the sections on extreme porn only become operative on their allotted commencement date. That has not yet been set.

In fact, it may never be set. One unhappy feature of this government’s approach to law-making is that some laws are passed, and then forgotten, without ever being put into effect.

Could that happen with extreme porn? Or at least, with this incarnation of the law?

Read the full article through the Register website….

(Via The Register – Public Sector.)

BBC News: Mother’s porn law campaign ends

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

BBC NEWS | England | Berkshire | Mother’s porn law campaign ends: “Mother’s porn law campaign ends”

A mother whose daughter was murdered by a man addicted to violent internet porn has completed her fight to have such images banned.

Jane Longhurst, 31, was strangled by Graham Coutts, 39, from Hove, Sussex. He was jailed for at least 26 years.

Her mother Liz, from Berkshire, backed by Reading West MP Martin Salter, campaigned for three years to ban violent online porn.

The ban is part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.

Its Like The State Entering Our Bedrooms And Minds

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Its Like The State Entering Our Bedrooms And Minds (from Sunday Herald) The passing of a new law criminalising the possession of extreme pornography is about to take the ‘thought police’ out of the realm of fiction. By Brian McNair

THE SHAME once associated with looking at dirty pictures has fallen away since porn moved into the mainstream, around the time of Madonna’s Sex book. With the rise of the internet there can be few adults in the UK who have not seen some porn, somewhere.

But all of these people could soon, without knowing it, be breaking the law. This week, with little fanfare or media debate, the Labour government finally puts on to the statute book its Criminal Justice and Immigration bill, which creates a new offence of possessing ‘extreme pornography’. The bill is based on a joint Home Office/Scottish Executive consultation on the possession of extreme pornographic material undertaken in 2005/06, and though this bill is for England and Wales, the law in Scotland is likely to follow suit.

German officials shut down two extremist organisations

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

German security officials shut down two extremist organisations accused of Holocaust denial | the Daily Mail Last updated at 16:55pm on 7th May 2008

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has banned two far-right organizations he described as organised Holocaust deniers.

Schaeuble, Germany’s top security official, said in a statement released by his ministry on Wednesday that the organizations’ activities violated the nation’s constitution. Denying the Holocaust is a crime in Germany.

‘The organisations are reservoirs of organised Holocaust deniers,’ Schaeuble said.

‘Their activities include disseminating anti-Semitic propaganda and praising the tyranny of the Nazis’, Schaeuble said. They distribute the propoganda over the Internet and in printed leaflets, he added.

The two groups were identified as Collegium Humanum and Bauernhilfe e.V., with bases in the western German states of North Rhein-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Hesse.

Authorities confiscated material seized in searches of 30 premises in the various states early Wednesday, the statement said.

Meanwhile, in the eastern state of Saxony, where the far-right National Democratic Party holds seats in Parliament, a new report showed the party’s membership in the state had dropped.

According to a state organisation that tracks extremism, the party lost 150 members in 2007, dropping to 850.

But the number of people belonging to an informal group that supported the National Democratic Party doubled to 500, said state interior minister Albrecht Buttolo.

Meanwhile, the state reported an increase in crimes with a right-extreme background to 2,144 in 2007 over 2,063 in the previous year.

The rise was attributed to more confrontations with left-wing extremists. Of those crimes, 90 involved violence, up from 77 the previous year.

Saxony is the stronghold of the National Democratic Party, where it has the most members despite the recent drop. It has been in Parliament since 2004, when it won 9.2 per cent of the vote.”