29 June 2006

German Publisher Drops Legal Action Against Google Library Project The German court indicated that neither the short excerpts nor the scanning of the publisher's books in the United States infringed on that country's copyright law, Google said.

Lord vows to fight cybercrime laws A proposed UK law has been heavily criticised by Lords and senior security experts, who say it could criminalise both the police and innocent IT professionals who build or make available programs which are then used for hacking. For more on the amendments to the Computer Misuse Act

Board of censors wants net classified Britain's film censor is suggesting that it could provide the first classifications for content of the internet

Open net calls fall on deaf ears In America plans for a so-called "two-tier" internet continues. A US Senate committee has approved a bill which aims to let internet service providers provide some customers - and companies - with preferential services.

Big Brother database to record the lives of all children The home life of every child in the country is to be recorded on a national database in the ultimate intrusion of the nanny state, it has emerged. Computer records holding details of school performance, diet and even whether their parents provide a 'positive role model' for 12 million children will be held by the Government. For more on Children's Digital Rights

Spain outlaws P2P filesharing inc. personal use downloading There is (as you would expect) a campaign to get the law repealed which so far has over 250,000 signatures

Dutch Parliament says no to European criminal law against IP violations A European Bill commonly known as IPRED2 has been dealt a serious blow by the Dutch Parliament.