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Stories about Intellectual Property

30 July 2014

Spain on a Downward Spiral? New Law May Destroy the Digital Commons

Linking is what made the Web what is today -- restricting this function poses a threat to the very nature of the open Internet.

10 October 2013

“Lesbianism” and “War Games”: Russian Internet Censorship Continues

Russian website Looo.ch was presumably blocked for hosting an art project: two multimedia "textbooks" titled "Homosexuality for Children" and "Lesbianism for Children," which are meant to be a "satire of Russian homophobia."

15 July 2013

MERCOSUR and the Future of the Internet in Latin America

Last Friday, Latin American government leaders issued a strong statement against the mass surveillance of their citizens by the US government at an emergency meeting of MERCOSUR. Activists, academics and NGOs from Latin America wrote an open letter to the regional alliance, inviting leaders to consult with civil society in building human rights-protective Internet policies for the region.

26 June 2013

Taiwan: Internet Policy Reforms Spark Fears of Censorship

Since this spring, the Taiwanese government has proposed multiple policy reforms that have sparked concerns of Internet censorship among Taiwanese netizens. Some are comparing these amendments to Chinese-style speech control, while others have observed the influence of the United States behind the legislation.

17 June 2013

Orphaned in US, SOPA Finds Home in Russia

America’s controversial Stop Online Piracy Act is back—and it’s poised to become law in a matter of weeks. SOPA, however, isn’t coming to the US, where a wide coalition defeated the legislation in January 2012. A law that creates similarly harsh penalties for online copyright violations is on the cusp of finding a home in Russia.

8 June 2013

VIDEO: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Hurt Internet Users

A new animated video explains how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement being negotiated by the United States and ten governments from around the Pacific region, could have alarming consequences for Internet users.

29 May 2013

Copyright Amendment Could Bring Web Filter System to Taiwan

Many Taiwanese believe that a recent proposed copyright amendment put forward by the government is a setback for democracy. The amendment would provide legal ground for ISP-level blocking of websites that violate copyright restrictions.

12 May 2013

Peruvians To President: Our Digital Rights Are Non-Negotiable

Peruvian NGOs have launched a campaign asking President Ollanta Humala Tasso to set clear, non-negotiable limitationss to ensure that Peruvians' fundamental rights in the TPP are respected. The treaty could threaten Internet user's rights to free expression and access to information online, increase controversial aspects of Peruvian copyright law, and restrict the ability of Peru's Congress to engage in domestic law reform to meet the evolving IP needs and realities of Peruvian citizens and their growing technology sector.

28 March 2013

South Korean Politician Moves to Repeal Biased Copyright Law

On Friday, South Korea's National Assembly will meet with supporters and opponents of the country's "three strikes" law, including Assembly Member Mr. Choi Jae-Cheon, who has moved to repeal provisions of the law that allow authorities to disable a person's web service account or shut down his or her website for violating copyright regulations.

26 February 2013

“Don’t Fear the Internet”: Exceptions to Copyright in Chile

With this new video from the #NoTemasaInternet (Don't fear the Internet) campaign, NGO Derechos Digitales shows the exceptions to copyright they have in Chile. They also want to encourage us to use them without fear. It’s our right!