With a population reaching billions, it is not a surprise that the number of internet users in China is drastically increasing. Such influx of Chinese “netizens” brings with it the importance for protection of online private information. As a result, in the last days of the 2012 calendar year, the Standing Committee of the National… Continue Reading
In the SABAM case, the ECJ held that the Belgian court erred in ordering an ISP to install a wide ranging filtering system, recognized that internet users do not have a fundamental right to illegally download copyrighted material, and leaves the door open to more targeted actions.
Hogan Lovells partner Daniel Brenner speculates on the impact of the July 2011 Memorandum of Understanding between major U.S. ISPs and content owners.
The network neutrality debate in the U.S. has moved to the appeal courts as the 2010 FCC Order, which becomes effective on Nov. 20, awaits review. Meanwhile, two E.U. developments presage more regulatory steps forward. The result is movement away from the European Commission’s wait-and-see communique announced just last April.
Winston Maxwell, a partner in Hogan Lovells’ Paris Office prepared this entry. On July 13, 2010 the EU’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party adopted a report (http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/fsj/privacy/docs/wpdocs/2010/wp172_en.pdf ) describing how ISPs and telecom carriers retain traffic data for law enforcement purposes in Europe. The European Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32006L0024:EN:HTML) was supposed to harmonize national… Continue Reading
Thanks to Eric Bukstein in the Hogan Lovells privacy group for providing this report. On May 3, 2010, in Arista Records v. Doe 3, a Second Circuit panel issued an opinion finding that an Internet user’s right to remain anonymous is not sufficient to prevent an ISP from revealing his identity in a copyright infringement dispute. The court held… Continue Reading