France, Spain, Portugal pushing new bill that considers file-sharing a more serious crime than terrorism and child exploitation

France, Spain, and Portugal are now arguing that people sharing music and movies together is a more serious threat to society than terroristic mass murder or child exploitation. This becomes apparent when looking at leaked position papers regarding the ongoing revision of European copyright law. Statewatch leaked the documents first, followed by Julia Reda in … Continue reading “France, Spain, Portugal pushing new bill that considers file-sharing a more serious crime than terrorism and child exploitation”

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  • Aug 29, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • BitTorrent, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Is this the key to foiling phishing attacks? Spoiler alert: probably

As readers of this blog know, VPNs are a great way to protect your privacy and security. But they address only some of the online threats we all face every day. Another important class of problems are caused by attacks that lead to accounts being taken over, identities being appropriated, data theft and financial losses. … Continue reading “Is this the key to foiling phishing attacks? Spoiler alert: probably”

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  • Jun 15, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • BitTorrent, Copyright, News, Privacy,

EU’s top court says The Pirate Bay can be blocked, because it knowingly links to unauthorized copyright material

A long-running legal battle between Dutch ISPs and the local anti-piracy organization BREIN over blocking The Pirate Bay has concluded with a ruling in favor of BREIN. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said yesterday The Pirate Bay could be blocked because:   “Making available and managing an online platform for sharing … Continue reading “EU’s top court says The Pirate Bay can be blocked, because it knowingly links to unauthorized copyright material”

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Finnish Market Court cracks down hard on copyright trolls in new ruling

A Finnish ruling appears to end the era of copyright trolls in the country. This follows a ruling in Norway, which although a different case, had the same effect in outcome. Is the era of speculative extortion from unscrupulous law firms coming to a slow and deservedly painful end? The Finnish Market Court made a … Continue reading “Finnish Market Court cracks down hard on copyright trolls in new ruling”

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  • Jun 2, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • BitTorrent, Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

As America’s FCC tries to dismantle NN, French authorities back net neutrality in France

In sharp and deliberate contrast to America’s bullheaded rush into destroying net neutrality protections, net neutrality in France is alive and well. French internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms have 9 months to comply with ARCEP’s new pro-net neutrality position – which includes explicit directions not to block or throttle p2p or VPN traffic. The … Continue reading “As America’s FCC tries to dismantle NN, French authorities back net neutrality in France”

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European Supreme Court’s pirate streaming ruling reiterates need for Analog Equivalent Rights

This week, there was yet another ruling against video streaming that goes at odds with public perception of justice. This follows last month’s ruling in the European Supreme Court (the ECJ) which stated that people receiving a pirate stream are breaking the law. If our parents or grandparents had seen these rulings, applied to analog … Continue reading “European Supreme Court’s pirate streaming ruling reiterates need for Analog Equivalent Rights”

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  • Feb 14, 2017
  • Rick Falkvinge
  • BitTorrent, Governments, Net Neutrality,

Swedish Court orders web censorship of Pirate Bay; idea of ISP tit-for-tat against copyright industry plaintiffs floated everywhere

In a first, a Swedish court has ordered censorship of The Pirate Bay in a case of copyright industry vs. an ISP. While cases like this have been common in the past decade in several European countries, the Swedish community is in shock that a court has actually ordered censorship to take place to protect … Continue reading “Swedish Court orders web censorship of Pirate Bay; idea of ISP tit-for-tat against copyright industry plaintiffs floated everywhere”

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More on the European Supreme Court’s hyperlink ruling and why reactions are all over the map

Reactions have been all over the map about the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the legality of hyperlinks to infringing material. Some outlets despair that links can be illegal, others rejoice that links to infringements can be legal. The legal landscape is complex and there are many underlying issues – not the least … Continue reading “More on the European Supreme Court’s hyperlink ruling and why reactions are all over the map”

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EU Supreme Court: Hyperlinks are legal, even when linking to illegal publications

In a fresh and mostly welcomed decision, the European Court of Justice – the highest court in the European Union – has ruled that hyperlinking is legal, even when linking to works that have been published illegally. This is a welcome victory for free speech and the net as such. However, the ECJ goes the … Continue reading “EU Supreme Court: Hyperlinks are legal, even when linking to illegal publications”

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Copyright trolls come to Sweden: A deeper analysis

This week, copyright trolls in Sweden announced they’ll start sending extortion letters later this year to people who have been sharing music and movies. It follows an all too familiar pattern from other countries, where these fraudsters have eventually had to give up their scheme as plain unprofitable. But beyond the press releases and posturing … Continue reading “Copyright trolls come to Sweden: A deeper analysis”

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