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Intermediary Liability Updates from Turkey: Forcing Online Intermediaries to Create a Website Blocking-Friendly Infrastructure

Turkish governmental control of web traffic is on the rise. Recently, the Information Technology and Communications Authority (the "ITC Authority") updated the Authorization Regulation in the Electronic Communications Sector (“Authorization Regulation”) and the Administrative Sanctions Regulation. This is an administrative implementation of previously enacted legislation, which however introduces new obligations on telecommunications operators. Read more » about Intermediary Liability Updates from Turkey: Forcing Online Intermediaries to Create a Website Blocking-Friendly Infrastructure

Italian Court Decides an Important Case on Liability of Video-sharing Platforms

A few days ago, an important Italian judicial precedent on hosting providers’ liability has been overturned by the Milan Court of Appeal. The appellate court rejected any general monitoring obligations to be imposed on videosharing hosting providers for copyright infringement. Read more » about Italian Court Decides an Important Case on Liability of Video-sharing Platforms

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but Charlie Hebdo cartoons will never hurt you.

Don't insult the Pope's mother, or he'll punch you in the face! In response to questioning about the Charlie Hebdo killings, the Pope stated: "If [you] say[] a curse word against my mother, [you] can expect a punch." Not only does the Pope mischaracterize the Charlie Hebdo speech as consisting of naked insults, but well educated thinkers also have tried to paint the speech as "brazenly racist." No matter how distasteful, such speech is clearly parody and is protected under U.S. law. Even if such speech was "brazenly racist," U.S. law would still protect it under certain circumstances. Read more » about Sticks and stones may break your bones, but Charlie Hebdo cartoons will never hurt you.

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