Highest EU Court Considers Criminalizing Website Hyperlinks

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The highest court in the European Union this week heard arguments which could impact the ability to link to content on the Internet.

Presiding over a case threatening the nature of the web as we know it, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) on Wednesday debated whether website hyperlinks to content which infringes copyright laws should be permitted.

The court heard arguments regarding the GS Media case, in which a popular Dutch blog site posted links to leaked photos on a separate file hosting site.

Arguing the central role hyperlinks play in the digital environment, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) wrote that linking to content freely available online should be legal and was already ruled on by the court in earlier cases.

“If this capacity to link is put in doubt, the web would lose its universality and power,” the CCIA wrote. “The most important information medium of our time would be hobbled.”

The EU’s assault on hyperlinks was not without warning.

Last November, European Parliament member Julia Reda said the “European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink, the basic building block of the Internet as we know it,” and warned the commission’s decision to “break the Internet” could also affect American websites linking to European content.

Follow the links.

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Ancillary Copyright 2.0 MEP Julia Reda

It’s up to us to save the internet. They will try anything to take it away from us. Without internet freedom we would be back to the main stream media to get our information, which is heavily controlled – They only tell us what they want us to know. (Forsooth) 

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Published in: on February 7, 2016 at 09:41  Leave a Comment  
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Ancillary Copyright 2.0: The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink

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The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink, the basic building block of the Internet as we know it. This is based on an absurd idea that just won’t die: Making search engines and news portals pay media companies for promoting their freely accessible articles.

According to a draft communication on copyright reform leaked yesterday (via IPKat), the Commission is considering putting the simple act of linking to content under copyright protection. This idea flies in the face of both existing interpretation and spirit of the law as well as common sense. Each weblink would become a legal landmine and would allow press publishers to hold every single actor on the Internet liable.
Read more at juliareda.eu

This would destroy the internet and we would be back to relying on the main stream media for our news. I could not find this story on the BBC.

Published in: on November 11, 2015 at 15:26  Leave a Comment  
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Attackers trick 162,000 WordPress sites into launching DDoS attack

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Security researchers have uncovered a recent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that used at least 162,000 WordPress-powered websites to knock another site offline.

The technique made it possible for an attacker with modest resources to greatly amplify the bandwidth at its disposal. By sending spoofed Web requests in a way that made them appear to come from the target site, the attacker was able to trick the WordPress servers into bombarding the target with more traffic than it could handle. Besides causing such a large number of unsuspecting sites to attack another one, the attack is notable for targeting XML-RPC, a protocol the sites running WordPress and other Web applications use to provide services such as pingbacks, trackbacks, and remote access to some users.

Researchers from security firm Sucuri recently counted more than 162,000 legitimate WordPress sites hitting a single customer website. They suspect they would have seen more if they hadn’t ended the attack by blocking the requests.

arstechnica.com

Published in: on March 12, 2014 at 20:55  Leave a Comment  
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Is An Internet Shutdown Inevitable?

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The Controllers have a dilemma on their hands and they know it. The rampant spread of awareness that has taken place via the internet, and now further enhanced by the use of hand held devices of all sorts has informed and empowered a massive change in humanity. While we know the creation of the internet had at the outset underlying goals of surveillance and control, Truth is a virus to their system they were not prepared for. The collection of data and information, called the World Brain by eugenicist H.G. Wells many decades ago, was envisioned as a tool for control. Little did they know what an awakening it would spawn in such a short amount of time.

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Published in: on February 9, 2014 at 09:54  Leave a Comment  
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