Thursday, March 29, 2007

New blog

A blog devoted to the RIAA’s lawsuits of intimidation brought against ordinary working people

 thanx to V.Vitkov

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

WIPO and cybersquatting disputes

The number of cybersquatting disputes filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2006 increased by 25% as compared to 2005.

In 2006, a total of 1,823 (gTLDs and country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs)) complaints alleging cybersquatting – the abusive registration as domain names of trademarks – were filed with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center (Center), representing the highest number of cybersquatting cases handled by WIPO since the year 2000.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Music royalty group offers EU licenses to avoid antitrust fine

In February 2006, the Brussels-based regulator said the collecting societies’ territorial restrictions that force broadcasters and Internet music stories to obtain a license only from a domestic collecting society may break the law. The societies have offered to drop that restriction in most cases for Internet, satellite and cable music broadcasts. The commitments by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, known as Cisac, „are being submitted for the sole purpose of attempting to reach a settlement,” according to a February 28 document obtained by Bloomberg News. The EU has put collecting societies under increased scrutiny. In October 2005, EU Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said the music industry’s growth in Europe is hampered by having to negotiate rights country by country. The European Commission’s probe follows a complaint by RTL Group SA, Europe’s biggest broadcaster and a unit of Germany’s Bertelsmann AG, filed in 2000. Musicians’ rights are currently controlled by collecting societies in the EU’s 27 member states. Each society enjoys a national monopoly. The commission, the EU’s antitrust authority, wants more competition between the societies, particularly for administrative services. McCreevy recommended that broadcasters should be able to get pan-European licenses and to let the artists choose which collecting society should represent them, regardless of where they reside. The European Parliament said today the commission should propose a binding EU law for the online music market to allow the parliament a vote on the measure. The parliament also criticized the commission’s call for more competition, saying the proposal should include measures to ensure the „protection of local and niche repertoires,” the EU body said in an e-mailed statement. Under Cisac’s proposal, outlined in an eight-page document, collecting societies can grant multiterritorial licenses for performing rights over the Internet, satellite and cable. Traditional forms of copyright use such as broadcasting music in a bar or a night club aren’t covered. Online music stores also need to get „mechanical” rights from publishing companies such as Vivendi Universal Publishing and EMI Group Plc. These rights allow songs to be downloaded. The commission hasn’t decided whether to send the proposals to broadcasters for their comment. A decision may be made in the next few weeks. „We need an agreement with the commission before they send out the proposal,” Paris-based Cisac spokesman Marianne Rollet said by telephone. Jonathan Todd, a commission spokesman, had no comment. Under EU rules, the commission could reject Cisac’s offer and impose a fine for restrictive business practices, which could be as much as 10% of annual sales. (Bloomberg)


Thanks to Valentin Vitkov

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Workplace Privacy and Employee Monitoring

ITALY – The Italian Data Protection Commissioner has published the guidelines concerning privacy and workplace.
According to the Commissioner, it is a crucial topic. In fact, through employee’s surfing, it is possible to discover some of his sensitive data. The document forbids the systematic monitoring of employees’ e-mails. Moreover employers are obliged to plan efficient measures to avoid web surfing which are not related to job activities (e.g. anti-downloading systems or specific filters).The text of the document:
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Monday, March 12, 2007

ECJ – Placanica Case

The Court of Justice held that the Italian criminal penalties for the collecting of bets by intermediaries acting on behalf of foreign companies are contrary to Community law:

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Thursday, March 8, 2007


Representatives Boucher (D-VA) and Dolittle (R-CA) today introduced the FAIR USE Act to update the DMCA to “make it easier for digital media consumers to use the content they buy.”
For further information: to Valentin Vitkov for reporting this news).
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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT – problemi teorici e prospettive applicative


problemi teorici e prospettive applicative

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

A new blog from Portugal

Please visit this brand new blog:

 thanks to my friend Manuel David Masseno

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The future of gambling in the EU

I also suggest to have a look at this interesting study conducted by ERA on behalf of the European Commission providing an analysis of the legal regimes governing gambling and games of chance in the European Union.



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Monday, March 5, 2007

Circulaire du 3 janvier 2007

France -  MINISTERE DE LA JUSTICE. Circulaire du 3 janvier 2007 de présentation et de commentaire des dispositions pénales portant sur la loi n°2006-961 relative au droit d’auteur et les droits voisins dans la société de l’information et d’action publique dans le domaine de la lutte contre les atteintes à la propriété intellectuelle au moyen des nouvelles technologies informatiques
Further information:
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