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LINX Public Affairs exists to obtain advance warning of public policy developments that could affect LINX members and the Internet community as a whole; to inform our members about important policy developments at a time when it is still possible to influence them; and to educate, inform and...

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McFadden ruling vindicates mere conduit

Posted by Sam Frances on Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 13:31

McFadden ruling vindicates mere conduit

The Court of Justice of the European Union has returned its ruling in the McFadden case, confirming that mere conduit protections do apply to the owners of shops, cafés or other businesses offering free, password-less wi-fi to the public. [M]aking a Wi-Fi network available to the general public...

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CJEU: Linking to infringing content can breach copyright

Posted by Sam Frances on Monday, September 12th, 2016 at 12:11

CJEU: Linking to infringing content can breach copyright

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that linking to copyright infringing content can itself constitute a breach of copyright. The ruling in the case of GS Media v Sanoma Media Netherlands and Others (C-160/15) rested on whether linking to copyright infringing content hosted on...

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Warner Brothers reports own site to Google as pirate site

Posted by Sam Frances on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 at 15:29

Warner Brothers reports own site to Google as pirate site

The Warner Brothers film studio has asked Google to de-list several pages from the warnerbros.com website, in an incident which highlights the shortcomings of the DMCA notice and takedown system and other similar systems around the world. The report was made by Vobile, an anti-piracy monitoring...

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05 September 2016

OSCE issues communiqué on free expression and counter-terrorism
Posted by Sam Frances

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest security-focused intergovernmental organisation, has published a communiqué “on free expression and the fight against terrorism”. The main focus of the communiqué is to urge participating states to avoid putting in...

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26 August 2016

Radicalisation: Home Affairs Committee report targets social media companies
Posted by Sam Frances

Social media companies have come under criticism in a report on radicalisation published by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee. The report accuses social media companies of “consciously failing to combat the use of their sites to promote terrorism and killings”. The internet has a huge...

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26 August 2016

IPB: Report on operational case for bulk powers published
Posted by Sam Frances

The Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson Q.C., has published his report on bulk powers in the Investigatory Powers Bill. The Home Secretary commissioned the report in May, at the behest of the Shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham, in order to evaluate the operational case...

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19 August 2016

French interior minister proposes ‘global initiative’ against encrypted messaging apps
Posted by Sam Frances

The French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, has called for a “global initiative” to undermine encryption in messaging apps, reports Le Monde. “This is a central issue in the fight against terrorism,” said Cazeneuve, “many of the messages exchanged with a view to carrying out terrorist attacks...

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12 August 2016

Internet companies should have to get permission to do ...anything?
Posted by Public Affairs Team

John Carr, in his evidence to the Lords Communications Committee inquiry on Children and the Internet: Facebook’s pioneering slogan—the idea on which the company was founded—was “Move Fast and Break Things”. It ties in with another idea, which is central to the whole idea of how the internet...

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12 August 2016

ISPs call for clarity on automatic compensation proposals
Posted by Sam Frances

ISPs call for clarity on automatic compensation proposals Broadband and mobile ISPs have called for greater clarity on proposals to grant consumers the right to automatic compensation for broadband or mobile outages. In response to Ofcom’s consultation on the topics, many respondents raised...

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