Tag Archives: law

That High Court decision

The Prime Min­is­ter is “deeply dis­ap­point­ed” with the deci­sion on the plan to send Christ­mas Island arrivals to Malaysia. Under­stand­able; it’s not a good look for her gov­ern­ment. But is Paul Kel­ly in the Aus­tralian right to argue that the deci­sion was ill-made and an “unjus­ti­fied” inter­fer­ence in for­eign pol­i­cy? This is cer­tain­ly an “intru­sive” […]

Big tobacco bites back

The Gillard government’s plain pack­ag­ing for cig­a­rettes leg­is­la­tion is dis­com­fort­ing even for those who have no patience with the huge and unnec­es­sary costs that tobac­co use impos­es on the Aus­tralian pub­lic health sys­tem.It looks like anoth­er piece of heavy-hand­ed, “go for the jugu­lar” gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion (like the appalling NBN, the car­bon tax and the blan­ket […]

French internet law blocked, for now

In a coup de théâtre, the oppo­nents of the inter­net sur­veil­lance bill man­aged to block it in the Sen­ate on 9 April. But not for long, it seems:

L’UMP sem­ble vouloir effac­er cet affront en faisant revot­er au plus vite le pro­jet de loi. ‘Le vote négatif de l’Assemblée nationale retarde l’adoption du texte, ça ne le bloque pas. On va repass­er le texte avec une lec­ture à l’Assemblée et une lec­ture au Sénat avec un vote con­forme’ dans les deux Cham­bres, a déclaré Roger Karoutchi, le secré­taire d’Etat aux rela­tions avec le Par­lement. ‘Ce texte sera de toute manière bien sûr voté. On le fera à la ren­trée des vacances par­lemen­taires’ de Pâques.” Extract from Le Monde

The UMP [Pres­i­dent Sarkozy’s cen­ter-right major­i­ty par­ty] appears to want to erase this set­back by send­ing the bill back to a vote as soon as pos­si­ble. ‘The neg­a­tive vote in the Assem­bly slows the adop­tion of the text, but doesn’t stop it. We will resub­mit the text with a (full) read­ing of the bill in both the Assem­bly and the Sen­ate and a line vote in both cham­bers’ declared Roger Karoutchi, the Sec­re­tary of State for Par­lia­men­tary Rela­tions. ‘This text will absolute­ly be vot­ed on. We’ll do it as soon as Par­lia­ment returns from its East­er break’.”

Piracy and privacy

Although the gov­ern­ments nego­ti­at­ing the ACTA treaty deny that it will pro­pose sanc­tions for per­son­al copy­right vio­la­tion, there’s an increas­ing sup­ply of that sort of thing, from those same gov­ern­ments.

The French Assem­blée Nationale is today expect­ed to adopt a unique­ly inva­sive mea­sure autho­riz­ing a ‘High Author­i­ty’ to mon­i­tor the Inter­net use of indi­vid­u­als for copy­right vio­la­tion.

The law empow­ers music and film indus­try asso­ci­a­tions to hire com­pa­nies to ana­lyze the down­loads of indi­vid­ual users to detect pira­cy, and to report vio­la­tions to a new agency over­see­ing copy­right pro­tec­tion. The agency would be autho­rized to trace the ille­gal down­loads back to indi­vid­u­als using the down­load­ing computer’s unique iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber, known as its Inter­net Pro­to­col, or IP, address, which the Inter­net ser­vice providers have on record” Extract from the NY Times

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p>As many com­menters in the press have already point­ed out, the major­i­ty of users have only pas­sive IP-allo­ca­tion from their ISPs. So, for the major­i­ty of users, the IP address is not a secure iden­ti­fi­er. Fur­ther­more, the biggest bit-tor­rent (‘p-to-p’) sup­pli­ers are now mov­ing to offer <a href=“http://arstechnica.com/telecom/news/2009/03/the-pirate-bay-to-roll-out-secure-vpn-service.ars” title=“The Pirate Bay to roll out secure