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Shock European court decision: Websites are liable for users’ comments | Ars Technica
In the wake of this judgment, the legal situation is complicated. In an e-mail to Ars, T J McIntyre, who is a lecturer in law and Chairman of Digital Rights Ireland, the lead organization that won an important victory against EU data retention in the Court of Justice of the European Union last year, explained where things now stand. "Today's decision doesn't have any direct legal effect. It simply finds that Estonia's laws on site liability aren't incompatible with the ECHR. It doesn't directly require any change in national or EU law. Indirectly, however, it may be influential in further development of the law in a way which undermines freedom of expression. As a decision of the Grand Chamber of the ECHR it will be given weight by other courts and by legislative bodies."
ars-technica  delfi  free-speech  eu  echr  tj-mcintyre  law  europe  estonia 
june 2015 by jm
How the patent trolls won in Congress: Ars Technica
"We felt really good the last couple of days," said the tech lobbyist. "It was a good deal—one we could live with. Then the trial lawyers and pharma went to Senator Reid late this morning and said that's it. Enough with the children playing in the playground—go kill it."
ars-technica  patents  swpats  patent-trolls  pharma  tech  us-politics  congress  lawyers 
may 2014 by jm
Digging for cryptocurrency: The newbie’s guide to mining altcoins
Mining Arscoins, dogecoins and litecoins -- CPU/GPU mining apps and how to run 'em
currency  bitcoin  altcoins  dogecoin  crypto  mining  ars-technica 
march 2014 by jm
How might the feds have snooped on Lavabit?
"I have been told that they cannot change your fundamental business practices," said Callas, who unlike Levison was able to say SilentCircle has received no NSLs or court orders of any kind. "I presume that would mean things like getting SSL keys because that would mean they could impersonate your servers. That would be like setting up a store front that says your business name and putting [government agents] in your company uniforms." Similarly, he added: "They cannot make changes to existing operating systems. They can't make you change source code." To which [Lavabit's] Levison replied: "That was always my understanding, too. That's why this is so important. Like [Callas] at SilentCircle said, the assumption has been that the government can't force us to change our business practices like that and compromise that information. Like I said, I don't hold those beliefs anymore."
ars-technica  security  privacy  nsls  ssl  silentcircle  jon-callas  crypto 
august 2013 by jm
Turning Ireland's water and wind into energy exports
Ars Technica on the "Spirit Of Ireland" pumped-hydro proposal -- great comments
ars-technica  pumped-hydro  spirit-of-ireland  electricity  renewable-energy 
february 2012 by jm
Major labels go bragh? Irish judge allows 3 strikes
'The justice refers to legal alternatives to illicit downloading, such as "an I-player system," when he's writing about the BBC's well-known iPlayer catch-up service [which is not available here]. He refers numerous times in the order to "DetectNet," a company which can find P2P infringers, when he really means DtecNet. A strong grasp of the technical details won't be found in this ruling'
ars-technica  ireland  dtecnet  legal  law  three-strikes  eircom  filesharing  from delicious
april 2010 by jm

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