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The special BONUS EDRi-gram has been prepared by EDRi members and observers as a present for all EDRi’s website visitors an EDRi supporters. It contains information regarding the association European Digital Rights (EDRi), its Brussels Office and its newsletter. As always, it is available under Creative Commons 3.0 BY licence. It also gives you the… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 8.24. Free subscription ! In the case introduced by L’Oreal against auction site eBay and referred by the High Court of Justice (England and Wales) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) the Advocate General, Niilo Jaaskinen, published on 9 December 2010 its opinion that the site could not be considered… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 8.24. Free subscription ! The Council of Justice Ministers adopted a text on web blocking at its recent meeting in Brussels on 2-3 December 2010. The Belgian Presidency, for domestic reasons, felt obliged to adopt a text during its term of office. As a result, the outcome is a hastily cobbled… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 8.24. Free subscription ! Private-sector attempts to undermine and attack the ability of WikiLeaks to function on the Internet have attracted much attention. Their domain name (wikileaks.org) was was taken out of service by EveryDNS, their ability to collect funds was restricted by Paypal, Visa and Mastercard while Amazon deleted their… » read more

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Published in EDRi-gram 8.23 The legislative process on Internet blocking is about to move from almost standstill to almost completed between now and the beginning of February. In the Council of Ministers, an informal agreement is planned for the Justice Council in December, while the MEP in charge in the Parliament will present her draft… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 8.3 On January 28 and 29, the Council of Europe held a consultation meeting on the launch of work on a new international instrument that would create neighbouring rights for broadcasting organisations. The purpose of this initiative is to take up the work of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) which,… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 8.3 The transposition of the Data Retention Directive in Belgium has remained stagnant for a long time. Following a public consultation in May 2008 on a first draft law proposal and draft royal decree to transpose this Directive into Belgian law, a broad group of organisations voiced a strong position against… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 7.17, 9 September 2009 The timetables for the Stockholm Programme have become a great deal clearer since the return of the Parliament following the summer break and the communication between the Swedish Presidency and relevant parliamentary committees. The Programme aims to set the priorities for a variety of justice issues (including… » read more

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EU Google Books

(contribution by Jim Killock – Executive Director to EDRi-member Open Rights Group) Article published in EDRi-gram 7.17, 9 September 2009 The EU Google Books hearing highlighted some very serious concerns with the settlement, but mainly from a rights holder point of view. The hearing itself addressed two quite distinct sets of issues; firstly concerns of… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 7.8 The ITRE – Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (EP) has voted in the evening of 21 April 2009 on the Trautmann report and has reintroduced amendment 138. However some of the amendments approved by the ITRE committee are still endangering the network neutrality principle. The ITRE… » read more

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