noutati dreptul IT 7 03
- WIPO CONTINUES EFFORTS TO CURB CYBERSQUATTING: The number of cases received
by WIPO increased by 100% in the last quarter of the year with the roll out
of generic top level domains and the internationalization of domain names
ICANN REPORTS: ICANN’s At-Large Study Committee has issued a draft
implementation report and draft guidelines for an At-Large Election, both of
which outline a possible mechanism for creating an At Large Support
YAHOO! FACES CRIMINAL CHARGES IN FRANCE: The Paris Criminal Court has
decided that Yahoo.com and its former chief executive must stand trial for
war crimes and crimes against humanity for the sale of nazi memorabilia.
Since the web site was accessible from France, the Judge refused Yahoo.com’s
arguments based on the incapacity of the French Judges to hear the case.
Offenders face a five-year jail sentence and a € 39 800 fine. The hearing is
scheduled on May 7.
Groups Urge Council of Europe to Reveal Info on Cybercrime Treaty
More than 30 privacy and civil liberties groups are urging the
Council of Europe to turn over information about a new protocol to the
global cybercrime treaty on terrorist e-mail messages. In a letter to
Council of Europe Secretary General Walter Schwimmer, members of the
Global Internet Liberty Campaign demanded the release of documents related
to the insertion of a new protocol on the decoding of terrorist messages
to the cybercrime treaty signed by more than 30 nations last November
UE- Commission welcomes European Parliament's endorsement of
'.eu' Internet domain name
The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the European
Parliament, in its second reading, of its Recommendation on the draft
Regulation to implement the '.eu' Internet top-level domain, allowing
European citizens, organisations and businesses to have '.eu' web-
site and e-mail addresses. The '.eu' Regulation is expected to be
adopted very soon at a forthcoming Council of Ministers meeting. see
also Mr Liikanen's Comments on .eu.
Franta – PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WEB SITES: The French Protection Data
(CNIL), has published a recommendation addressed to candidates for
presidency in relation to the collection of personal data via their web
sites. It notably recommends to clearly name the persons responsible for the
web site, to give Internet user the possibility to ask for suppression of
their data, and that the collected data be kept only until the election’s
Germania . - Germany Finally Wins Rights to "deutschland.de"
After a two-year fight with a German Internet consulting company, the
German government announced it had won the right to the web address
www.deutschland.de. The government said in a statement it had reached a
compromise with Medianet GmbH to use the deutschland.de address and would
make the site its main portal for information about the country.
SUA - U.S. Doesn't Have Jurisdiction Over Net, Lawyer Says in DMCA Case
The defense lawyer for a Moscow company accused of violating U.S.
copyright law asked a judge to dismiss charges against the company,
arguing that the borderless Internet is outside the jurisdiction of United
States law. "It is a novel argument," said Joseph Burton, of the San
Francisco firm of Duane Morris, who is representing ElcomSoft.
SUA - Judge Orders File-Swapping Services to Stand Trial
A federal judge ordered a trio of popular file-swapping services to
stand trial on copyright infringement charges, ending a bid to bring a
quick end to their legal troubles with the entertainment industry.
Attorneys for defendants Kazaa, StreamCast Networks and Grokster had hoped
to convince the judge that their products demonstrated sufficient
legitimate uses to qualify for the "Betamax defense" -- a copyright safe
harbor set by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1980s that cleared the way for
home videotape recorders.
SUA - MINNESOTA SPAM BILL PROVIDES FOR DAMAGES: The Minnesota legislature
proposed a bill that will allow consumers and ISPs to collect damages from
parties who send unsolicited e-mails after being told to stop. Under the
proposed bill, spam recipients would be able to recover US$500 or actual
SUA - CYBERSECURITY BILL PROVIDES SENTENCING GUIDELINES: The House Judiciary
Subcommittee On Crime has approved the Cyber Security Enhancement Act. The
Act would change sentencing for individuals convicted of online crimes. The
US Sentencing Commission will have to consider factors such as the level of
sophistication of the attack, the purpose of the criminal act (i.e.,
commercial or private financial gain) and whether the offense involved
SUA - Internet Piracy Leader Pleads Guilty
A leader of an Internet piracy group that authorities say was
responsible for billions of dollars in lost sales pleaded guilty to
conspiring to commit copyright infringement. see the Plea Agreement
US v. Sankus (PDF).
SUA - Online Group to Give Advice Regarding Copyrights
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and several law schools have
created a searchable cease-and-desist database chillingeffects.org to
inform Web publishers of their rights.
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