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Belgian Court Says That ISPs Must Not Pay a Copyright Levy to Collective Societies

 
On March 13, 2015, the Distric Court of Brussels decided that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should not pay a copyright levy for communicating to the public the repertoire of SABAM, the Belgian association of authors, composers and publishers and the largest Belgian collective management organisation (CMO).
 

Landmark Intermediary Liability Decision from the Indian Supreme Court

Recently, the Supreme Court of India issued a landmark decision regarding the constitutionality of several provisions included in the Indian Information Technology Act ("IT Act"). The provisions dealt with content removal online and blocking orders. According to the Supreme Court, vague standards for blocking and removing content online are unconstitutional. Additionally, content blocking must be mandated only by a reasoned order from a judicial, administrative or governmental body and must be transparent. Read more » about Landmark Intermediary Liability Decision from the Indian Supreme Court

Which Cyberthreat Information Sharing Proposal You Should Support? (Hint: None)

It’s the season for “cyberthreat” information sharing proposals. There’s the White House plan, announced in January. There’s the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, which passed out of the Senate Intelligence Committee on a 14-1 vote earlier this month. Read more » about Which Cyberthreat Information Sharing Proposal You Should Support? (Hint: None)

Doe v. Cisco: The International Law Legal Issues

Part I of this series outlined the procedural posture of the cases seeking to hold Cisco Systems liable for aiding and abetting the design, construction, implementation, and maintenance of China’s Golden Shield network surveillance system. This Part identifies the international law issues in play surrounding the law of corporate complicity under the Alien Tort Statute. Read more » about Doe v. Cisco: The International Law Legal Issues

China’s Golden Shield: Is Cisco Systems Complicit?

This is Part I of a series on a case pending in the Northern District of California against Cisco Systems involving the company's provision of technology to help construct, operate and maintain China's Golden Shield, a network surveillance system that was allegedly used to target Falun Gong practitioners for persecution. Part I outlines the claims in and procedural posture of the case; Part II discuses some of the legal issues in play with reference to other cases of corporate complicity in human rights abuses under the Alien Tort Statute. Read more » about China’s Golden Shield: Is Cisco Systems Complicit?

What Spymaster Barbie Can Teach Us About Privacy

Children make excellent intelligence assets. They trust strangers, lack socially-constructed boundaries about what is and is not private, and can be easily manipulated via relatively unsophisticated social engineering. And Mattel may have just created the most perfect spy who ever worked an asset over for information: the humble Barbie doll. Read more » about What Spymaster Barbie Can Teach Us About Privacy

An Axl Rose sample used in a mash up doesn't smell as sweet.

The bright lines of the real property based view of copyright are being blurred by technology. In 1991, Mr. Biz Markee was found liable for infringing Mr. Gilbert O'Sullivan's copyright in his song, Alone Again (Naturally), when Mr. Markee used an unauthorized sample in his rap song entitled Alone Again. Had Mr. Markee used Mr. O'Sullivan's song in a mash up, the result may have been different. Read more » about An Axl Rose sample used in a mash up doesn't smell as sweet.

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