UK’s Idea of Extreme Porn Still Undefined: “On June 14, U.K.-based Consenting Adult Action Network (C.A.A.N.) went to West Midlands police headquarters to seek advice about the recent implementation of the Obscene Publications Act which outlaws ‘extreme’ and ‘disgusting’ pornography, effective January 2009.”
(Via XBIZ.com | News & Articles.)
It may surprise readers to learn that with a few very specific exceptions, there is no law in the UK against taking photographs. That said, there are a range of quite specific exceptions to this rule.…
(Via The Register – Public Sector.)
The Pirate Bay plans to offer encryption services to people who use the BitTorrent tracker site in a direct attempt to combat a new controversial snoop law passed in Sweden last week.…
(Via The Register – Public Sector.)
California pols ask ISPs to block child porn | Tech news blog – CNET News.com: “California pols ask ISPs to block child porn
Posted by Marguerite Reardon, Update: This story was updated at 2:55 p.m. PDT to add comments from AT&T.
California’s governor and attorney general are asking Internet service providers to help stop the dissemination of child pornography.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a press release Friday asking Internet service providers in California to follow the lead of Verizon Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Sprint in ‘removing child pornography from existing servers and blocking channels’ that disseminate the illegal material.
‘Protecting the safety of our children must be a top priority, not just for government, but also for businesses with the direct power to reduce the ability to conduct illegal activity,’ they said in a joint letter to the California Internet Service Provider Association. “
British ISPs, Music Companies Enter Serious Negotiations — Digital Music News: “British ISPs, Music Companies Enter Serious Negotiations
British ISPs and music rights holders are now engaged in serious negotiations, according to numerous executive sources in London. The talks are being motivated by pressure from legislators, who have threatened to enact their own measures to resolve massive piracy issues if the industries cannot devise their own solutions. ‘The British government just put a gun to our head,’ one top-level executive bluntly told Digital Music News.”
Review urged on RIPA surveillance powers: “Review urged on RIPA surveillance powers
LGA media release 23 June 2008
The Local Government Association has today written to the leaders of every council in England calling on them to undertake an urgent review of surveillance operations carried out under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).
With the backing of the LGA’s Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem and Independent Leaders, LGA Chairman, Sir Simon says that powers should never be used lightly nor for trivial matters, specifically dog fouling and littering. Sir Simon also urges councils to review their use of the powers annually and ask residents to provide feedback on how the surveillance operations are being carried out.
In the letter, Sir Simon asks that leaders ensure that the powers are only used after the most careful consideration by the appropriate senior councillor and manager and that operations are ‘necessary and proportionate to prevent or detect a criminal offence’, as stipulated in the Act.
Justices Decline Case on 200-Year Sentence for Man Who Possessed Child Pornography: “The Arizona man, who received the sentence for possessing 20 pornographic images of children, failed to persuade the Supreme Court to consider whether the sentence was unconstitutionally excessive.”
(Via NYT > Child Pornography.)
Journalist claims victory in protection of sources ruling: “Police were right to ask a journalist to reveal source material for a book about terrorism but the terms of the order obtained were too wide, the High Court has ruled. Arguments on what the terms of the production order should be will be heard this week.”
(Via OUT-LAW News.)
This is an article from: TorrentFreak
Recently we reported on the agreement between UK ISP Virgin Media and the British Phonographic Industry to start sending out warnings to Virgin’s subscribers who the BPI accuse of uploading copyright music. Now, according to a Digital Music News report, the British government has started urgently applying pressure to prominent ISPs to find a solution to the ‘problem’ of file-sharing. The pressure includes a threat to bring in new laws, should ISPs and the music industry not come to a solution of their own.
The government previously set a deadline of April 2009 for the parties to reach an agreement but according to sources, pressure is intensifying to deal with the issue sooner. A ‘top-level executive’ gave an indication of the level of pressure stating: ‘The British government just put a gun to our head.’