Stories about Intellectual Property

Mexico's new copyright law allows censorship of online content, rights advocates warn

The Mexican chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation warned that the approved changes "criminalize the act of publishing" and "legalize acts of violating the fundamental and constitutional rights..."

Indians Ask: Is Visiting a Torrent Site Really A Crime?

"Thousands of cases pending, criminals roaming scott free. That's fine. Lets arrest people who download #torrents"

New Ukrainian Draft Bill Seeks Extrajudicial Blocking for Websites Violating Copyright

A new bill in the Ukrainian parliament wants to replace the common pre-court notice and takedown procedure for copyright violations online with a faster blocking mechanism bypassing the courts.

Arrrrrr! Putin's New Internet Advisor Tied to Online Piracy

Vladimir Putin's new Internet advisor is known as a hardliner against foreign online resources that break Russian law. Now German Klimenko has been tied to a questionable torrent tracker.

Russia's Internet Censor Threatens New YouTube Block

Roscomnadzor says the latest block, spurred by uploaded unauthorized copies of two Russian TV shows, may make all of YouTube unavailable to some RuNet users at the end of July.

Netizen Report: WikiLeaks, TPP and the Ethics of a Leak Economy

Experts debate the ethics of WikiLeaks bounty for TPP documents, Macedonian activists discover broad-based wiretapping programs, and China censors numbers on the anniversary of Tiananmen.

Netizen Report: Rights at Risk Under Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

The TPP battle continues, China’s “Weibo Inquisition” stumbles on a robot mix-up, and a pro-Kremlin think tank launches a “demon” social media monitoring system.

Lost in the Web: Navigating the Legal Maze Online

Media lawyer and human rights expert Nani Jansen gives an overview of censorship and online speech regulation across the globe.

Russia Will Deploy “Digital Fingerprinting” to Enforce Copyright Online

A new intellectual property register, based on the principle of digital fingerprinting, is in the works in Russia to track and protect copyrighted files online.

The Russian Internet is Not Free. A New Tax Might Make it Even Worse.

The Russian government is now considering its own variant of an Internet tax, and wants to make all Russian Internet users pay for consuming copyrighted content online.

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