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Web-blocking in AustriaŚlaw with the law taken out
22 Oct 2014; posted by the editor - Internet news, Austria


by Joe McNamee, EDRi
Following the European Court of Justice ruling on the UPC Telekabel v Constantin in April 2014, Austrian internet access providers have started “blocking” several websites. In the case in question, the Court established that an injunction may be imposed on an internet access provider (ISP) “prohibiting an internet service provider from allowing” its customers access to a website “when that injunction does not specify the measures which that access provider must take.”

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France to follow Turkey's lead on lawless Internet censorship
22 Oct 2014; posted by the editor - Internet news, France


by Kirsten Fiedler, EDRi
Despite many setbacks, bad publicity, budget cuts and a change of government, France is persisting with its Hadopi, a “three strikes law” and government agency to enforce copyright laws and fight online “piracy”. Even more worrying, the country's Minister of Culture is now making moves to curb online rights even further.

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Google pushes forward with voluntary pro-copyright policing
22 Oct 2014; posted by the editor - Internet news


By Joe McNamee, EDRi
For the past number of years, Google has chosen to impose US copyright law on the world, completely de-indexing any website which fulfils the non-judicial criteria of a valid order under American law. Last year alone, it removed 222 000 000 links, which means 74 links per second. In addition to applying US copyright law globally, it also applies national law nationally. So, Google will also delete or de-index in any European country, on the basis of the national law of that country as well as deleting or de-indexing in any European country on the basis of US law.

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