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Posted in Copyright, Internet, Policy & Regulation Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh

AdBlock Plus – Germany: First decision rendered

Recently, we reported on the series of adblocking lawsuits pending in Germany against Eyeo GmbH, the makers of AdBlock Plus. Yesterday, the District Court of Hamburg rendered the first decision in this highly controversial and avidly followed battle of several German media houses, among them Axel Springer, ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL subsidiaries. The court ruled in favor of the defendant Eyeo, … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh

AdBlock Plus – German media houses want it stopped

Adblocking is an increasingly wide-spread phenomenon with huge impact on the online advertising industry. The best known and by far most popular adblocking tool is AdBlock Plus, marketed by the German company Eyeo GmbH. AdBlock Plus is among the most frequently downloaded browser add-ons worldwide, with over 144 million active users reported in 2014 (Source: Page Fair and Adobe 2014 Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh

Montevideo statement on the future of the Internet

On October, 7, 2013, the leaders of organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet technical infrastructuremet in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Participants included the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN);  the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF); the Internet Architecture Board (IAB); and the Internet Society (ISOC), They discussed … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Licensing, Policy & Regulation Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh

Germany: Open Source must remain open: Obligations for the sale of electronic goods containing Open Source software

The District Court of Hamburg, Germany, recently had the opportunity to review the conditions governing the use of Open Source software. In a decision that bolsters the enforceability of open source software licenses, the district court confirmed that the defendant had lost its right to use the software licensed under the General Public License (GPLv2) when it failed to fully … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, Policy & Regulation Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh

EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes on Cloud Computing post PRISM

In the wake of the PRISM surveillance revelations, Neelie Kroes, the EU Digital Agenda Commissioner, met with the European Cloud Partnership in Early July. Ms. Kroes appealed to the EU legislative bodies to speed up adopting the draft Cyber Security Directive (covered in previous posts and available here). The Commissioner stressed the importance of cloud computing for the EU … Continue Reading