Europe’s love-hate relationship with anti-piracy laws

Europe’s top officials have regularly moved to strike down punitive anti-piracy laws and protect ISPs from litigation — but recent news from France and Spain show that the debate is far from over at the national level.

How Europe is giving the U.S. a lesson in Internet due process

Last week, a European court struck down a rule forcing a Belgian ISP to monitor traffic for copyright infringement. Experts believe the decision could help rein in the spread of SOPA-like laws throughout Europe. So why is the U.S. rushing headling into deeply flawed legislation?

With friends like the DMCA, who needs SOPA?

The proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, garners a lot of hatred from commentators and the Internet industry as whole, but it’s only the next logical step after the problematic Digital Millenium Copyright Act, the safe harbor of which is more like a plea bargain.

What the web is saying about SOPA

No matter how you categorize the Stop Online Privacy Act, or SOPA, the technology industry has unified against this issue in a way that I have not seen before — even during the network neutrality debates. We take a look at what the web is saying.

While hacktivism secures the web, SOPA could expose it

According to one expert, hacktivism gets a bad rap when it comes to web security, but those sites generate a lot of attack data to feed security systems. However, the proposed SOPA antipiracy legislation could end up playing right into hackers’ hands.

The Internet isn’t just pipes; it’s a belief system

New laws such as the Stop Online Piracy Act threaten to give new powers to Congress and to content companies, and have serious implications for the web — they make it clear that content companies are in many ways fundamentally opposed to the way the internet works.