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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 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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States v the 'Net? 

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Copyright Enforcement Enigma launch, March 2012

In 2012, I presented my PhD research in the European Parliament.

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Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten. She is  a trainer & consultant on Internet governance policy, 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 beyond.  She was shortlisted for The Guardian Open Internet Poll 2012. Iptegrity  offers expert insights into Internet policy (and now Brexit). Iptegrity has a core readership in the Brussels policy community, and has been cited in the media. Please acknowledge Iptegrity when you cite or link.  For more, see IP politics with integrity

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