Sony loses DRM case in France

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) Sony UK and Sony France have lost a case against The French consumer protection association UFC Que Choisir because they did not inform the consumers about the lack of interoperability of their products and services to other devices. The decision taken by the Nanterre Tribunal has found […]

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DRM

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is, in simple terms, any technology that is built into an electronic product or service with the aim of limiting its range of uses after purchase. It is designed to prevent consumers from using digital technology in ways that do not correspond to the business agenda of a content provider or […]

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France: ARMT was useless

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) At the end of December 2008 it was publicly presented the first yearly report of the French Authority for Regulations of the DRMs (Autorité de régulation des mesures techniques – ARMT) that should have ensured the interoperability of the DRM systems and allow the private copies. This […]

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ENDitorial : "No Swiss DMCA" Referendum campaign

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) Like everywhere else, DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) systems which impose technical restrictions on what end users can do with texts and multimedia content are highly unpopular also in Switzerland. At the same time, the representatives of the entertainment industry claim that this technology is necessary, and politicians […]

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iTunes under continuous attack in Europe

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) More consumer protection organizations from across Europe have initiated complaints against Apple in order to obtain a more friendly end user license agreement (EULA) for iTunes. The consumer protectionists are concerned about the interoperability of purchased music, contractual terms and liability rules. They consider that iTunes should […]

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Free file sharing in the copyright law supported by a Norwegian Party

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) The Norwegian Liberal Party (Venstre) passed a resolution on 14 April 2007 to support changes in the copyright law including free file sharing, free sampling and the banning of DRM systems. The resolution proposed by the Young Liberals and supported by Trine Skei Grande, Vice Chairwoman of […]

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EC public consultation of Creative Content Online

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) On 3 January 2008, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation for the preparation of a recommendation on Creative Content Online to be adopted by the European Parliament and Council that calls for a common legal environment for online content, proposing multi-territory licences. In the opinion […]

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Private copy system under scrutiny

The issue of the private copy remuneration system is becoming a subject of debate for interest groups from all over the world. L’AEPO-ARTIS grouping 27 associations of artists of Europe, the International Federation of Musicians and the International Federation of Actors took a stand in the support of the present private copy levy system. According […]

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FTDI: Is the law criminal?

The EDRi-gram has previously reported on the general silliness, if not active harmfulness to an open society, of certain copying controls that are generically referred to as Digital Rights Management (DRM). However, it’s not often that a practical example comes around that underlines the problem and at the same time has potential to demonstrate the […]

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ENDitorial – About EFF Europe

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) As some of our readers already know, the biggest digital civil rights NGO from the United States has opened this year a new office in Brussels to work with EU policy issues. EFF’s new European Affairs Coordinator, Erik Josefsson, was previously the president of the Swedish chapter […]

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New French copyright law gives Apple satisfaction

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) The most controversial DADVSI Law, now colloquially known also as “iTunes Law”, was finally adopted in the French Parliament with a compromise allowing Apple to continue operating as before. The law was adopted by the Parliament under emergency regime, which ended with a mixed commission, normally made […]

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iTunes service considered illegal in Norway

Following a complaint made by the Norwegian Consumer Council in January this year, Bjorn Erik Thon, the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman has ruled that the Apple iTunes service breaks section 9a of the Norwegian Marketing Control Act. The Consumer Ombudsman considers as unreasonable that the agreement the consumer must accept is regulated by the foreign law […]

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