Category Archives: Cyberlaw

Updates: Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law

1. Apple v Motorola in Germany – user interface features Citation: C.I.P.A.J. 2012, 41(3), 122-123 Subject: Intellectual property; Information technology; Telecommunications   Keywords: European patents; Germany; Infringement; Mobile telephones; User interfaces Documents: Legal Journals Index Abstract

UK ISPs lose controversial battle over copyright measures

BT and Talk talk, the two majors ISPs in the UK lost their appeal against the controversial measures to tackle copyright infringement online, imposed by the Digital Economy Act. The ruling brings an end to an almost two years of legal challenges against the legislation by the ISPs.

The Act requires ISPs to send warning letters to users that download copyrighted files. On the third warning the ISP will have the legal power to cut you off the internet.

IT and IP Law Updates 24/02/12

Anti-piracy pact falters after protests: delay follows internet campaign     (Article – Newspaper)

Source: Financial Times, February 23, 2012, 9. Also reported in Guardian, February 23, 2012, 22

Subject: Intellectual Property; Communications/Media/IT – Information technology; International Law – International law

Keywords: Copyright; Counterfeiting; EU law; International law; International trade; Treaties

Added: February 23, 2012

Intellectual property and Information technology Law (updates)

1. The Pirate Bay could be blocked in UK: file sharing site unlawfully shares copyrighted music, says UK high court     (Article – Newspaper)

Source: Guardian, February 20, 2012, Online edition. Also reported in Daily Telegraph, February 21, 2012, 15

Subject: Intellectual Property; Communications/Media/IT – Information technology

Keywords: Copyright; File sharing; Internet service providers; Musical works; Online infringement; Websites

 

Official US government website (USA.gov) hacked by anonymous

Members of the group anonymous ( @s3rverexe and @strelok_anon) claim they have hacked USA.gov admin panel.  S3rverexe was also the one that defaced both UFC.tv and UFC.com yesterday in retaliation to Dona White comments. USA.gov is the official website of the US government.

#opFrance Anonymous in France disclose personal data of over 540 Police Officers

Anonymous in France managed to gather confidential information from over 541 police officers in retaliation to French government to censor the internet. ACTA was signed by 22 members on 26 of January this year.

E-government for a better society

Over the years technology had great impact in many aspects of our life.  Under the global pressure of information technology, the adoption of web-based technologies in public administration has created a new government and citizens interface.  As a result e-government has emerged rapidly around the world. Many countries use e-government as an enabling tool to increase efficiency, enhance transparency, collect more revenue and facilitate public sector reform[1]. Over the years government have been engaged in deploying information and communication technologies in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their functioning. Such kind of application were focused on building management information systems for planning and monitoring, however many of these large projects have been undertaken and there have been a complete failure[2]. The record of using ICT to gain benefit has been quite disappointed over the years. But the advent of the Internet and its uses such as distance learning and particularly delivery information and services to citizens has once again revived the hope that information and communication technologies can deliver value with investment. This paper will examine where e-government is again a failure of ICT’s and therefore just a technical advance or whether it can deliver the value of investment and go beyond technical advance to a social advance.

Internet Governance regulatory models for cyberspace

In the early days of the Internet, not too many counties had access to it. Access to the Internet was limited to those that could afford to visit the online world. Since the revolution of the internet however, the internet has embraced in most aspects of our lives, from online shopping, banking, education and so forth. Internet has change the way people think and the way people live. Such changes are social networks that almost erase every privacy right. Facebook founder and CEO M. Zuckeberg recently went on record and said that none of the cool kids care about privacy; neither should you[1]. As a result of this revolution cyberspace has raised several issues and challenges to the traditional models of regulation. This paper will examine the traditional regulating models and actors involved and whether they can adapt to the fast changing cyberspace in order to provide the protection required in a world that cybercrime increases by 35% per year[2].

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Internet Governance infrastructure

In an Era in which technology prevails internet is one of the most important reason for it. In a world that before several years’ people had to travel miles on foot to buy their needs now it can be done by a single click. In this last 20 years Internet has become part of our lives like most of the things invaded in the past years. Internet has currently about 30% users of the world populations which is about two billions. In only a few years, the internet brought revolution in trade, education, communication and exchange. Also unlike all other inventions Internet has removed borders across the globe; create new international market, new leisure activities and new jobs opportunities making it unique. Even if not many years pass since its creation it has been a main issue in almost all countries in the way in which it should be regulate. Nations all around the globe implement new regulations in order for all these privileges to be safe and legal. Internet governance has become one of the biggest issues we currently have on the planet since its main object is to implement regulations that will not just stop the illegal activity but also not to stop the internet develop. Base on this today there several ways that internet can be regulate these ways can be classified as models, since each model consist of different institutions.

Defamation on the Internet

The recent increase in use of and interest in, the Internet has been rapid. The number of Internet users worldwide has been estimated at 2 billion and growing at 20% each month. This increase has aroused considerable interest in a number of legal issues, one of which has been the application of the law of defamation to online services.