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Internet Threats

There are many emerging threats to the open and neutral Internet. Since I began researching EU policy in 2007, we have seen several different groups of stakeholders lobbying for blocks to be placed on websites,  user access to be suspended or content filtering.  One of those groups of stakeholders is law enforcement. Another is concerned with protection of minors, and confuses the method of dealing with child pornography, which is a  criminal offence, with parental control of what children see. These are  quite different problems, and  the policy approach should be addressed in different fora. Other calls for Internet blocking are now arising in respect to libel and defamation, and we have seen this in the UK with the Twitter injunctions.  This section will address these issues in relation to policy and the EU.

If you like the articles in this section and you are interested in Internet policy-making in the EU, especially with regard to copyright policy, you may like my books A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms and The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the ‘Telecoms Package’

If you are following  discussions around telecoms and technology policy and content blocking ,  you may like my book The Closing of the Net which covers the British copyright blocking orders, as well as the Megaupload case.


City of London police domain seizures on behalf of copyright industry claimants  are coming under scrutiny following an adjudication  obtained by a Canadian domain registrar. EasyDNS, based  in Ontario, Canada, filed a complaint  regarding a transfer from another registrar, of domains that were under a seizure order. The decision obtained under the Internet governance rules, stipulated that there should be a court ruling. It  provides much food for thought in terms of the legality of take-down notices.

Read more: London police domain seizures under scrutiny after arbitration decision

ISPs and hosting sites could be subject to increased liability for defamatory content, uner  new laws proposed in two EU Member States: Italy and Britain. However, the recent case of Lord McAlpine  in Britain illustrates how the existing law can cope very well with defamation via the Internet, and seems to suggest an interesting solution – if only policy-makers would consider it!

Read more: Defamation on the Net: can an aging Lord show the way?

 How could an EU-Canada Trade Agreement change copyright law?

 An alert has been issued over the possible inclusion of copyright enforcment measures – and in particular, of criminal sanctions -  in a new  EU- Canada Trade Agreement (CETA). It is understood that the proposed criminal measures could be similar to those in the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Read more: EU–Canada Trade Agreement – copyright enforcement via the cat-flap?

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