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Internet Trials

The policy debate doesn't always happen within the official policy fora such as  European Commission consultations, or European Parliament committees. Especially when it comes to the Internet and online content. Certain interest groups  take it into other venues. The courts are being called on the interpret the law, and the caselaw is used by courts all around Europe in the context of their judgments.   This section looks at instances of legal action against Internet providers by private interest groups, or actions by Member States who are implementing laws and initiatives. Iptegrity's concern, as ever, is the protection of the open Internet and free speech. In the courts, this will be addressed in the context of the right to freedom of expression or privacy.


If you are interested in copyright caselaw  you may like my book The Closing of the Net which discusses the UK copyright blocking judgments and the Megaupload case in New Zealand.

 

If you are interested in copyright policy, you may like my previous books A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms and The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the ‘Telecoms Package’

In a landmark ruling, Germany's highest court orders major changes to  the German data retention law, which will provide tighter protection for users' privacy. German ISPs have to delete all communications data stored to date.

 

Germany's highest court has ordered the  law on data retention to be tighted up. This is the law which orders ISPs to store their users' communications traffic data, specifically records of email communications. This ruling by the German court  is  in a radical move which poses a challenge to EU law. The judgement follows a class action from 35,000 German citizens. The action was led by the German pressure group AK Vorrat, who have consistently opposed the data retention law. 

 

The ruling states that 

Read more: German court orders overhaul of data retention law

The law suit of L'Oreal v eBay could result in an onslaught of rights-holder litigation against ISPs, according to a UK copyright lawyer. It all depends on what the European Court of Justice decides.

 

Is the L'Oreal v eBay law suit holding holding a perfumed gun at the ISPs heads? The case of L'Oreal v eBay was heard in the UK High Court in May this year, and the judge made a referral to the European Court of Justice on some key questions related to the case.  In particular, the UK court asked the ECJ for an opinion  on the matter of eBay's liability in respect of alleged trademark infringements.

According to a report on the Out-law.com website, a UK copyright lawyer believes that if  the ECJ were to

Read more: L'Oreal v eBay: a perfumed gun

Under the 3-strikes agreement between eircom and the Irish music industry, Eircom will sanction its own customers, and technical support staff will deal with users' complaints. The next move by the Irish music industry will be court action to get the Pirate Bay blocked - without opposition from the ISPs.  If this isn't legal bullying by any other name, then what is? And what are the ‘necessary controls' over the rights-holders IT surveillance companies?

 

Details of the  agreement between the Irish music industry and the telecommunications network provider eircom, have emerged in a leaked document. It is a private agreement for graduated response/ 3-strikes measures against

Read more: eircom: Internet policing by tech support

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Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten. She is a policy analyst specialising in Internet governance & European policy, including platform accountability. She is a published author & Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science. She served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe Committee on  Internet Freedom. She has worked on CoE, EU and UNDP funded projects in eastern Europe and the Caucasus. In a voluntary capacity, she has led UK citizen delegations to the European Parliament. She was shortlisted for The Guardian Open Internet Poll 2012.

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