ECJ Ruling Outlaws Monitoring of Internet, but not Site Blocking

A recent ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has been heralded by many as taking the side of citizens and of freedom of information against the particularistic interests of the music industry. Peter Bradwell of the Open Rights Group was quoted on the BBC-website saying:
This judgment is a victory for freedom of expression online. It draws a […]

Net Neutrality: Threats in US, Cautious Optimism in EU

The last few months have seen debates over net neutrality and how to deal with copyright infringement coalesce to take over the headlines.  In the UK, the success of their case against Newzbin2 has led BPI to ask BT to block The Pirate Bay, while in the United States, two bills are being pushed through Congress to allow the […]

BPI Asking Nicely for Web Blocking

Merely days after discussions on the open internet at the London Conference on Cyberspace, the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) has written to BT asking them to voluntarily block UK access to the Pirate Bay website.

The letter from the influential rights holder lobbying group follows the landmark ruling that ordered the block of the Newzbin2 website under Section 97a […]

Murphy Challenges to Define Creativity in Sports Coverage

Since the ECJ ruled in the Murphy case on 4 October, discussion has focused on what the ruling means for satellite broadcasters and consumers. On the one hand it seems to be a victory for consumers who can freely use decoders across border. On the other hand pub owners such as Karen Murphy are still not allowed to use […]

October 24th, 2011|Copyright|2 Comments|

Online rights debate: A laughing matter?

As Julian Huppert MP made the closing remarks at the Westminster eForum seminar on implementing the Digital Economy Act, he commented that the interested parties had not quite reached a consensus on the issue.  It seemed an indicator of the state of the debate that his wry understatement was quickly greeted by a roomful of laughter. In the context […]

October 21st, 2011|Copyright|1 Comment|

Where next for web blocking in the UK?

Now that the government has backed down from enforcing the web blocking provisions of the Digital Economy Act, questions are being raised as to how this issue will move forward. UK rights owners will not be falling on their swords any time soon, meaning that this issue is far from resolved.

Following advice from Ofcom, the DCMS announced in August […]

Should ISPs Enforce Copyright? Dwayne Winseck Interviews Robin Mansell

Dwayne Winseck, professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, explains the informal arrangement in Canada related to ISP enfocement of copyrights and interviews LSE’s Robin Mansell about the very different UK situation.

Should Internet Service Providers (ISPs) be legally required to block access to websites that facilitate illegal downloading and file sharing sites or cut off […]

Evidence or political will? DEA, Hargreaves and the future of UK copyright regulation

Having launched a policy brief in March criticizing the Digital Economy Act (DEA) in relation to copyright and file-sharing and with Parliament’s BIS committee looking into the Hargreaves Report on intellectual property, it seems to be a good time to re-examine the issues at stake. Here is what happened since March on the copyright regulation front.

In April, the high […]

September 5th, 2011|Copyright|2 Comments|

Web Blocking Policy made behind closed doors?

Is it appropriate for web-blocking proposals to be agreed behind closed doors? Earlier this week, documents from a closed-door meeting between Minister Ed Vaizey and a rightsholders group that included the Premier League, the Publishers Association, BPI, Motion Picture Association and others were leaked to blogger James Frith. The leaked papers from the meeting imply that the rightsholders would […]

June 25th, 2011|Copyright|0 Comments|

European Court of Justice positions the right to privacy above the rights of copyright holders

By Bart Cammaerts In one of its strongest statements to date concerning the tension between some fundamental human rights such as privacy and freedom of information and the private interests of copyright holders, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has unequivocally chosen the side of human rights. The ECJ was called upon by the Belgian courts in a dispute between […]

April 15th, 2011|Copyright, Privacy|0 Comments|