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European Court of Justice To Outlaw Internet Filtering; Esp. For Copyright Enforcementview story

http://falkvinge.net – European Court of Justice gave a preliminary opinion that will have far-reaching implications in the fight against overaggressive copyright monopoly abusers. It is not a final verdict, but the advocate general’s position; the Court generally follows this. The Advocate Generals says that no ISP can be required to filter the Internet, and particularly not to enforce the copyright monopoly. (IT news)

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Portugal: Open standards become prerequisite for government ITview story

http://www.osor.eu – Portugal's parliament adopted a law last Wednesday requiring the country's public administrations to use open standards, including for their electronic documents. Portugal's government organisations will now be required to implement open standards in all digital documents that they publish, exchange, and archive. (IT news)

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Propriatery Software Industry Lobbies Against EU Consumer Rights Lawsview story

http://www.osnews.com – The goal of the new directive is to consolidate the various consumer rights directives already in place in Europe. In addition, the EU wants to strengthen consumer protection while they're at it, and part of that is ensuring that digital goods are handled just like normal goods. (Software)

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Software freedom crusader Richard Stallman on European lectures tourview story

http://www.politics.co.uk – Dr Richard Stallman, the global crusader for the freedoms of computer users, will be embarking on a lecture tour during February and March. (General)