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Internet Trials

The policy debate doesn't always happen within the official policy fora such as European Commission consultations, or Parliamentary 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 an unprecedented attack on freedom of expression in Britain, a Catholic news website in the UK is being asked to reveal a source, and threatened with court action based on a law used by the copyright industries in peer-to-peer enforcement cases. The action, being brought in the High Court today, will attempt to get the name of the source using a Norwich Pharmacal order, normally reserved for intermediaries in copyright cases.

Read more: Copyright industry tactics tried against Catholic news website

Can file-hosting services or cyberlockers be made liable for enforcing copyright? It seems they can, according to a ruling in the German courts earlier this month.

Read more: File-hosting liability: are German courts alone in the dark?

The Irish Data Protection commissioner has put a shot across the bows of the music industry, in a move that may end up in the European court of justice. The case follows a complaint from an Internet subscriber on the Eircom network. The complaint has resulted in a legal wrangle with the big four music (yes, EMI is still counted) labels. The case has many twists and turns, but in this latest development, the Data Protection Commissioner filed an appeal last week in the Dublin Supreme Court. The appeal

Read more: Irish 3-strikes could land in European Court

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Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I am an  independent policy advisor: online safety, technology and human rights. In April 2024, I was appointed as an independent expert on the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on online safety and empowerment of content creators and users. I am a published author, and post-doctoral scholar. I hold a PhD from the University of Westminster, and a DipM from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. I cover the UK and EU. I'm a former tech journalist, and an experienced panelist and Chair. My media credits include the BBC, iNews, Times, Guardian and Politico.

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The politics of copyright

A Copyright Masquerade - How corporate lobbying threatens online freedoms

'timely and provocative' Entertainment Law Review