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Times of India In Aereo, Supreme Court Rightly Skeptical About Becoming Technology ... EFF Aereo yesterday, the Supreme Court expressed serious concerns about the unintended consequences that their ruling could have on technology and cloud services.
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In the highly anticipated oral arguments of ABC v. Aereo yesterday, the Supreme Court expressed serious concerns about the unintended consequences that their ruling could have on technology and cloud services.
The start-up Aereo provides subscribers online access to a DVR that can hold recordings of over-the-air broadcasts made using dime-sized antennas in local markets where it's available. Broadcasters, which make a portion of their money from charging retransmission fees to cable companies, sued Aereo in New York and elsewhere on the theory that its user-directed transmissions are public performances under the law. As such, the broadcasters argue, it is infringing and need to be licensed.
What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold: (1) IP chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples' abilities to innovate. (2) Lack of transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy. The twelve nations currently negotiating the TPP are the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. The TPP contains a chapter on intellectual property covering copyright, trademarks, patents and perhaps, geographical indications. Since the draft text of the agreement has never been offically released to the public, we know from leaked documents, such as the February 2011 draft US TPP IP Rights Chapter [PDF], that US negotiators are pushing for the adoption of copyright measures far more restrictive than currently required by international treaties, including the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The TPP Will Rewrite Global Rules on Intellectual Property Enforcement All signatory countries will be required to conform their domestic laws and policies to the provisions of the Agreement. In the US, this is likely to further entrench controversial aspects of US copyright law (such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act [DMCA]) and restrict the ability of Congress to engage in domestic law reform to meet the evolving IP needs of American citizens and the innovative technology sector. The recently leaked US-proposed IP chapter also includes provisions that appear to go beyond current US law. The leaked US IP chapter includes many detailed requirements that are more restrictive than current international standards, and would require significant changes to other countries’ copyright laws. These include obligations for countries to: Place Greater Liability on Internet Intermediaries: The TPP would force the adoption of the US DMCA Internet intermediaries copyright safe harbor regime in its entirety. For example, this would require Chile to rewrite its forward-looking 2010 copyright law that currently establishes a judicial notice-and-takedown regime, which provides greater protection to Internet users’ expression and privacy than the DMCA. Regulate Temporary Copies: Treat temporary reproductions of copyrighted works without copyright holders' authorization as copyright infringement. The language reveals a profound disconnect with the reality of the modern computer, as all routine computer functions rely upon the regular creation of temporary copies of programs and files. As drafted, the related provision creates chilling effects not just on how we behave online, but also on the basic ability of people and companies to use and create on the Web. Expand Copyright Terms: Create copyright terms well beyond the internationally agreed period in the 1994 Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). The TPP could extend copyright term protections from life of the author + 50 years, to Life + 70 years for works created by individuals, and either 95 years after publication or 120 years after creation for corporate owned works (such as Mickey Mouse). Enact a "Three-Step Test" Language That Puts Restrictions on Fair Use: The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is putting fair use at risk with restrictive language in the TPP's IP chapter. US and Australia have proposed very restrictive text, while other countries such as Chile, New Zealand, and Malaysia, have proposed more flexible, user-friendly terms. Escalate Protections for Digital Locks: It will compel signatory nations to enact laws banning circumvention of digital locks (technological protection measures or TPMs) [PDF] that mirror the DMCA and treat violation of the TPM provisions as a separate offense even when no copyright infringement is involved. This would require countries like New Zealand to completely rewrite its innovative 2008 copyright law, as well as override Australia’s carefully-crafted 2007 TPM regime exclusions for region-coding on movies on DVDs, videogames, and players, and for embedded software in devices that restrict access to goods and services for the device—a thoughtful effort by Australian policy makers to avoid the pitfalls experienced with the US digital locks provisions. In the US, business competitors have used the DMCA to try to block printer cartridge refill services, competing garage door openers, and to lock mobile phones to particular network providers. Ban Parallel Importation: Ban parallel importation of genuine goods acquired from other countries without the authorization of copyright owners. Adopt Criminal Sanctions: Adopt criminal sanctions for copyright infringement that is done without a commercial motivation, based on the provisions of the 1997 US No Electronic Theft Act. In short, countries would have to abandon any efforts to learn from the mistakes of the US and its experience with the DMCA over the last 12 years, and adopt many of the most controversial aspects of US copyright law in their entirety. At the same time, the US IP chapter does not export the limitations and exceptions in the US copyright regime like fair use, which have enabled freedom of expression and technological innovation to flourish in the US. It includes only a placeholder for exceptions and limitations. This raises serious concerns about other countries’ sovereignty and the ability of national governments to set laws and policies to meet their domestic priorities. Non-Transparent and On The Fast Track Despite the broad scope and far-reaching implications of the TPP, negotiations for the agreement have taken place behind closed doors and outside of the checks and balances that operate at traditional multilateral treaty-making organizations such as the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization. Like ACTA, the TPP is being negotiated rapidly with little transparency. During the TPP negotiation round in Chile in February 2011, negotiators received strong messages from prominent civil society groups demanding an end to the secrecy that has shielded TPP negotiations from the scrutiny of national lawmakers and the public. Letters addressed to government representatives in Australia, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand and the US emphasized that both the process and effect of the proposed TPP agreement is deeply undemocratic. TPP negotiators apparently discussed the requests for greater public disclosure during the February 2011 negotiations, but took no action. Why You Should Care TPP raises significant concerns about citizens’ freedom of expression, due process, innovation, the future of the Internet’s global infrastructure, and the right of sovereign nations to develop policies and laws that best meet their domestic priorities. In sum, the TPP puts at risk some of the most fundamental rights that enable access to knowledge for the world’s citizens. The US Trade Rep is pursuing a TPP agreement that will require signatory counties to adopt heightened copyright protection that advances the agenda of the US entertainment and pharmaceutical industries agendas, but omits the flexibilities and exceptions that protect Internet users and technology innovators. The TPP will affect countries beyond the 11 that are currently involved in negotiations. Like ACTA, the TPP Agreement is a plurilateral agreement that will be used to create new heightened global IP enforcement norms. Countries that are not parties to the negotiation will likely be asked to accede to the TPP as a condition of bilateral trade agreements with the US and other TPP members, or evaluated against the TPP's copyright enforcement standards in the annual Special 301 process administered by the US Trade Rep. Here’s what you can do: Are you in the United States? Tell U.S. lawmakers to stand up for your digital rights and preserve our constitutional checks and balances in government. Demand your state representatives oppose any initiative to enact Fast Track (aka Trade Promotion Authority), which hands their own constitutional authority to debate and modify trade law. Join EFF and more than 30,000 people in sending a message to Congress members to demand an end to these secret backdoor negotiations. Tell the White House to uphold openness and transparency in TPP negotiations. For close analysis of the TPP and its impacts on digital rights, visit Knowledge Ecology International's TPP resource page. For more information on other aspects of the TPP, visit Public Citizen’s resource page. Local actions around the world Si estas en Chile, unete a la campaña promovida por la ONG Derechos Digitales y di NO al TPP! 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This matters folks! Read up on what's going on if you haven't yet and speak up if you are willing. This will undermine our net neutral internet for one major things.
Article 3 Net-Neutrality Fight Spills Across The Atlantic Article 3 In just the couple of short months since we took an in-depth look at so-called “net-neutrality,” there have been several major developments in the battle to define the future of...
"With the help of researchers, developers and entrepreneurs, primarily from Harvard and MIT and the Boston Community, we are building an open data platform to enable people to share all their personal data within a legally constituted trust framework. This framework will allow people to have their own personal data service that can securely store and process static and dynamic data about themselves. Governed by ‘privacy by design’ principles, all agreements of the trust framework support open authentication, storage, discovery, payment, auditing, market making and monetized “app store” services. The goal is to take all of these services and make them available within an open-source framework that can be “mashed up” to enable the development of high value applications."
The United States discreetly supported the creation of a website and SMS service that was, basically, a Cuban version of Twitter, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
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And what government agency made ZunZuneo? It wasn’t the CIA. No, it was the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, working with various private companies, including the D.C. for-profit contractor Creative Associatesand a small, Denver-based startup, Mobile Accord.
The news about ZunZuneo broke Thursday morning, around 3 a.m. Eastern time. 11 hours before, I had been in the D.C. offices of none other than Mobile Accord, talking to the company’s president about a future product release.
In light of the proposed merger between Time Warner and Comcast -- both of which have been longtime funders of the American Legislative Exchange Council or "ALEC" -- the Center for Media and Democracy
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ALEC's Deregulatory Telecom Agenda
The ALEC "Municipal Telecommunications Private Industry Safeguards Act" is a "model" bill for states to thwart local efforts to create public broadband access. Promoted under the guise of "fair competition" and "leveling the playing field," this big telecom-supported bill imposes regulations on community-run broadband that they would never tolerate themselves. Iterations of this anti-municipal broadband bill passed in 19 states to stop local governments in communities like Wilson, North Carolina from wiring their communities with fiber.
The ALEC "Cable and Video Competition Act" attacks municipal cable franchises and frees cable companies from oversight. The bill creates a single state franchising authority and releases the companies from requirements to wire the entire state, and allows companies to decide when -- or if -- to build out cable, and through that cable, to provide adequate internet access. In North Carolina, for example, the bill passed under the name "the Video Service Competition Act" in 2006 with the promise that deregulation would result in greater investment by cable broadband providers; but instead, the state is tied for last place in terms of the number of homes with a basic broadband connection. An estimated twenty-three states have enacted statewide video franchising laws in recent years. Additionally, bills like this one harm public access television stations, since cable companies no longer negotiate with individual jurisdictions and pay the franchising fees that fund public, educational, and government access television.
The ALEC "Broadband and Telecommunications Deployment Act" would give telecommunications providers access to all public rights-of-way, and make it harder for local communities to charge franchising fees or otherwise regulate providers. Cable and internet is largely wired via publicly-owned "rights of way" -- like under sidewalks or along utility poles -- and traditionally, telecom providers profiting from the use of these public goods would be granted access in exchange for some sort of accountability, such as paying for access or providing services on a non-discriminatory basis to all customers willing to pay. This bill would largely eliminate local control over public rights-of-way in favor of telecommunications providers.
Big Telecom Stands With ALEC
The fact that ALEC has been a key avenue for the big telecom agenda is little wonder given that AT&T's head of legislative strategy, Bill Leahy, sits on the ALEC Private Enterprise Board, and the current president of ALEC, Ron Scheberle, was previously a lobbyist for Verizon……..
Princeton University Internet founders say flexible framework was key to explosive growth Princeton University Vincent Cerf (left) and Robert Kahn speak about the origins and development of their protocols for the Internet and speculate on its...
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Cerf said the culture began even before the Internet during work on its predecessor, ARPANET. For example, Stephen Crocker, who was a graduate student with Cerf at the University of California-Los Angeles and is now chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, headed the networking working group in the ARPANET project.
"Steve's approach was a very humble one," Cerf said. "He said anybody who had a good idea ought to be able to participate in this. So he set a tone for inviting involvement, inviting participation and contribution to the ARPANET project. And I, frankly, adopted that whole thought in the Internet project."
As the Internet expanded, it created its own society. Cerf said that continues today.
"We are going to see a continuing evolution of institutions coming out of the existence of the Internet," said Cerf, now vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google. "The constellation of institutions, organizations and companies that are involved in the Internet will continue to evolve and we have to learn how to adapt to the governance requirements that are imposed upon us by all these dynamics."
Kahn and Cerf addressed an array of other topics during their talk: the role that security has played in the development of the Internet; publications of the future; machine-to-machine communications; the use of holograms and other new input devices; the contributions that former Sen. Al Gore made in the Internet's development (they thought Gore's contributions were important and his subsequent treatment in the media was unjust).
U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the ...
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Here is another opinion on this internet development..
The EU's March to Digital Oblivion U.S. News & World Report But a recent vote to end mobile wireless roaming charges and enforce net neutrality does nothing to support the economic reforms that the EU needs.
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This EU move to net neutrality does supports people and democracy.
The European Parliament on Thursday voted to move ahead with net neutrality legislation that would require Internet service providers to adhere to open Internet standards.
Lawmakers also voted to abolish retail roaming charges for voice, SMS, and data by Dec. 15, 2015.
Net neutrality rules would not go into effect right away; the bill now moves to the Council of Ministers. But it's a big step in solidifying rules that have been struck down here in the U.S.
"Today's vote is a great step towards strengthening the telecommunications single market," Pilar del Castillo Vera, a member of the European Parliament representing Spain, said in a statement. "We have achieved further guarantees to maintain the openness of the Internet by ensuring that users can run and provide applications and services of their choice as well as reinforcing the Internet as a key driver of competitiveness, economic growth, jobs, social development and innovation."
European Parliament members said they want "clear rules to prevent Internet access providers from promoting some services at the expense of others." According to EU telecoms regulator BEREC, several European ISPs have blocked or slowed down Web-based services like Skype.
ISPs could still offer tiered service, like video on-demand and enterprise-level cloud services, "so long as these services are not supplied to 'the detriment of the availability or quality of Internet access services' offered to other companies or service suppliers," the EU said.
The only time any sort of blocking on slowdown of service would be permissible would be to enforce a court order, preserve network security, or prevent temporary network congestion. But these slowdowns must be uniform and not affect one service (like Netflix or BitTorrent) more than another and "not be maintained longer than necessary," the EU said.
The EU has also been phasing out roaming charges for some time. Last summer, new mobile roaming limits went into effect, capping the price of data at 45 Euro cents per megabyte. On July 1, 2014, data will drop to 20 cents per MB, while voice calls will cost no more than 19 cents to make, and 5 cents to receive; texts will run up to 6 cents per message.
It is and will likely remain a long fight to protect citizens of the world from an internet coup by the rich and powerful, but this sounds like a step to make that protection more likely. Keep spreading the word on the importance of net neutrality and media democracy will stay in the lead and citizens all over the world will remain the winners and retain their voice through the world.
By Marcella Bombardieri | GLOBE STAFF MARCH 30, 2014
CAMBRIDGE — The mysterious visitor called himself Gary Host at first, then Grace Host, which he shortened for his made-up e-mail address to “ghost,” a joke apparently, perhaps signaling mischievousness — or menace. The intruder was lurking somewhere on the MIT campus, downloading academic journal articles by the hundreds of thousands. The interloper was eventually traced to a laptop under a box in a basement wiring closet. He was Aaron Swartz, a brilliant young programmer and political activist. The cascade of events that followed would culminate in tragedy: a Secret Service investigation, a federal prosecution, and ultimately Swartz’s suicide. But in the fall of 2010, the university faced a hard question: How big a threat was the “ghost” downloader? And a harder one: What should be done about him?
“If Marco Civil is passed, without further delay or amendment, this would be the best possible birthday gift for Brazilian and global Web users," says Berners-Lee.
"I hope that by passing this Bill, Brazil will cement its proud reputation as a world leader on democracy and social progress and will help to usher in a new era – one where citizens’ rights in every country around the world are protected by digital bills of rights," he adds."
Clinton: Internet Freedom Will Suffer If US Gives Up Oversight CBS Local WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Former President Bill Clinton said that Internet freedom will suffer if the U.S. gives up Internet oversight.
Telecoms.com EU single market package draws closer to approval Telecoms.com It also calls for consumer rights to be harmonised across Europe, EU-wide protection of net neutrality and simpler rules across the EU to enable companies to invest more...
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The package, outlined in September 2013, aims to abolish roaming rates within the EU as well as coordinate spectrum assignment across the region. It also calls for consumer rights to be harmonised across Europe, EU-wide protection of net neutrality and simpler rules across the EU to enable companies to invest more and cross borders with their offerings.
Mitch McConnell, Internet superstar Washington Post (blog) Archives. More. How 'McConnelling' came to be the hottest thing on the political web. By Jaime Fuller. March 14 at 3:55 pm. More. Comments.
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The power of a visual image and performing arts together with other sensual stimuli reaches past were words can go to leave an impression directly on the intuitive responses of people. That is very hard to control with rational thoughts and control. This is why most ads target always the intuitive senses gathering side of our understanding. What is often called the right side of our brain. It is why we can understand something with the left, rational side of the brain but still have such a hard time controlling those unconscious, reactive, responsive, intuitive, emotionally loaded behaviors and choices. Advertisers know this well.
Repeat any one of these ideas of Mitch enough to basically visually illiterate people and many won't get it out of their head no matter what is rationally know about him. It is hard not to receive the message and respond to it the way they wish you will even when you ARE visually literate and even know how to work these manipulations your self. That is how strong our unconscious, intuitive knowledge we bring in through our eyes, ears, touch, smell and body is. We can gather more information in a ten minutes and process it than it could take us maybe months or more to read about if it were described and written down. The problem is this man made, sealed and deliver emotionally loaded information is often designed to get the desired behavior and often not the one that is in that persons or societies best interest.
This is why we all need to learn to make the media occupy our own voice..Then we are better able to recognize the truth in the voices of others as well and we are less manipulated when we know what we think well enough to express it with our own symbols and communication system. Which is recently our open neutral WEB among other things.