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Support of a single Internet without restrictions and accessible to all is the message of this year's world day against cyber-censorship. For the fourth time, Reporters without Borders (RSF) has published a report listing the worst violators of online free speech worldwide.
In the following, we want to focus on the top 5 threats to free speech - and on the top 5 positive developments in Europe. In the past few years several EU member states have introduced worrying policies that undermine the openness of the Internet, such as online censorship, surveillance measures,
(voluntary) website blocking
or the adoption of repressive Internet laws.
RSF lists France as one of "countries under surveillance".
The Internet has become increasingly important for all kinds of protest, from the Arab spring to the off- and online demonstrations in the US and over 200 different European cities against misguided proposals such as PIPA, SOPA and ACTA.
Following the initial discussions in the European Parliament and the overwhelmingly negative workshop that was held on 1 March, ACTA is close to dead in Europe. What are the strategies for bringing it back to life and how will this impact on other similar initiatives? How can activists ensure that our great success so far can be maintained?
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Following the recent decision of the European Commission to refer the draft Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice, Access and EDRi have prepared this short FAQ to explain this process.
SABAM (Société Belge des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs), the Belgian collecting society for music royalties, is in the spotlight again. A few months after the Scarlet/SABAM case, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has released a new decision on the legality of filtering systems on the Internet, this time with regard to filtering of content stored on web services.
Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that a social network “cannot be obliged to install a general filtering system, covering all its users, in order to prevent the unlawful use of musical and audio-visual work”.