- European ISPs Attack ACTA - This Kat is a bit late off the mark with this item but three months ago, back in November 2009, the European ISP Association (EuroISPA), the world's largest association of ISPs, issued a statement declaring that the "severe and wide-ranging" measures of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) could, in the words of EuroISPA President Malcom Hutty:
"create a serious danger of undermining and restricting the open innovative space that lies at the very heart of the Internet's success. This agreement would have a negative impact on Internet users without having an appreciable impact on fighting illicit use of copyrighted material."
"governments participating in these negotiations have sought public comments, released a summary of issues under discussion, and enhanced public engagement."In particular McCoy cited that the summary stated that ACTA is
"not intended to interfere with a signatory's ability to respect its citizens' fundamental rights and civil liberties."As someone once said, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions"....For more information please see the AmeriKat's previous articles here and here.
- Out of le bleu! - Given France's outspoken opposition of the Google Book Settlement, a French-Google partnership would have seemed unlikely (see IPKat post here).However, such a pairing may be blossoming this week with reports of a partnership between Google and Lyon Library. The contract would see Google digitizing the Library's works for free in exchange for a commercial licence to use the digitized documents for the next 25 years. Frederic Mitterand, the French minister of culture, was reported by Le Monde in January as saying that Google had come to France with "the attitude of a conqueror" but hoped that France and Google move toward a more collegiate relationship (image: has Google's power towered over France yet?) Readers may recall that in January, France gave Google an ultimatum to drop their commercial exclusivity clauses contained in their digitization contracts or face the government ejecting them from their project with the National Library of France.