Over 75 Law Profs Call for Halt of ACTA

Posted by Cyberbear on October 29, 2010 in Intellectual Property, Internet |

In an open letter to President Barack Obama, more than 75 prominent law professors criticize the content and secret manner of negotiation of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and demand a number of changes in the legislation. They also insist that Congress must be consulted about ACTA so open, public debate on the issue can […]

What the Pentagon Papers Case Tells Us About Blogging: Prior Restraint and Liability

Posted by Cyberbear on October 29, 2010 in Blogging, Internet |

Posted by: Rachel Wolf In 1971 a great achievement was made in the pursuit of free press: The Pentagon Papers case was decided in a per curium (anonymous) decision denying an injunction against both the New York Times and the Washington Post for publishing leaked papers regarding the United States policy during the Vietnam War. […]

Internet Engineers Oppose COICA

Posted by Cyberbear on October 25, 2010 in Internet, Legislation |

A total of 96 prominent internet engineers have signed onto an Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) open letter to Congress opposing enactment of Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeiting Act (COICA). For an explanation of their opposition, see the open letter on the EFF site here.

How Internet service as we know it may change forever

Posted by Cyberbear on October 21, 2010 in Internet |

Posted by:  Joseph Duerst The Internet has created a platform for individuals to exercise their right of free speech, and over the years, Internet users have responded in droves, uploading and downloading user-generated (and sometimes not user-generated) content that is shared and spread like wildfires.  This community of free distribution of information and content has […]

Internet Censorship Bill Proposed by Congress Risks Dismantling the Internet

Posted by Cyberbear on October 21, 2010 in Intellectual Property, Legislation |

Posted by: Girard Kelly A bill recently introduced by Congress called S. 3804, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) attempts to combat copyright infringement on the Internet by creating a blacklist of Internet domain names which are controlled though the U.S ICANN Dynamic […]

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