Net Politics: Report Calls for German Internet Commissioner

Net Politics: Report Calls for German Internet Commissioner

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2013

A special Internet and Digital Society Commission convened by parliament has released several hundred recommendations for addressing data protection and other Internet-related issues in Germany. Chief among them: establishing a permanent Internet commissioner. more...

Lex Google: Germany Waters Down Search Engine Legislation

Lex Google: Germany Waters Down Search Engine Legislation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 27, 2013

A new law regulating the indexing of media articles by search engines like Google and Bing is likely to pass on Friday. The watered-down legislation won't force the kind of payments to publishers the Internet giant had feared. more... Comment ]

'The Greedy Pirate': Berlin Politician Slammed for Defending Copyright

'The Greedy Pirate': Berlin Politician Slammed for Defending Copyright

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2012

Senior Pirate Party politician Julia Schramm made headlines this week when her publisher took action against pirated copies of her book "Click Me." Now Schramm is at the center of a shitstorm over her wavering positions on intellectual property. Both the tabloid press and members of her own party accuse her of hypocrisy. By Fabian Reinbold more... Comment ]

Information Mustn't Be Free: Pirate Party Member Insists on Copyright for Book

Information Mustn't Be Free: Pirate Party Member Insists on Copyright for Book

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2012

Encouraging free sharing of files on the Internet, including copyrighted material, is an official platform of Germany's Pirate Party. This week, however, a senior member of the party has been policing illegal downloads of a book she published through a subsidiary of Random House. Will the party continue to promote its "information must be free" line? more... Comment ]

The Last ACTA: Intellectual Property Treaty Dies in European Parliament

The Last ACTA: Intellectual Property Treaty Dies in European Parliament

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2012

It had been billed as an international effort to protect intellectual property. But on Wednesday, the European Parliament overwhelmingly rejected ACTA following months of protests and claims that the law would infringe on individual rights. It appears doubtful that the treaty can be resurrected. more...

Europe's Biggest Black Market: Dealers Do Roaring Trade in Fake Euro 2012 Goods

Europe's Biggest Black Market: Dealers Do Roaring Trade in Fake Euro 2012 Goods

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 13, 2012

Europe's biggest black market, a labyrinth of metal containers in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, is doing a roaring trade in counterfeit merchandise related to the European football championship. UEFA, which is organizing the tournament, is powerless to stop it -- the dealers have influential allies. By André Eichhofer in Odessa, Ukraine more...

The Grand Experiment: German Pirate Party Attempts to Reinvent Politics

The Grand Experiment: German Pirate Party Attempts to Reinvent Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2012

Germany's Pirate Party has gone from a tiny group of hackers to a significant force in an astoundingly short amount of time. Its growing pains are obvious to all, but the party could succeed in fundamentally changing German politics. First it must agree on what it stands for. By Sven Becker, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Peter Müller, Marcel Rosenbach and Merlind Theile more...

German Court Ruling Against YouTube: 'We Don't Want to Sue, We Want a Contract'

German Court Ruling Against YouTube: 'We Don't Want to Sue, We Want a Contract'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 23, 2012

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Harald Heker, the head of the organization that collects broadcast fees for musicians in Germany, discusses his group's successful case against YouTube. On Friday, a Hamburg court ordered the company to remove video clips from the site that include any of the seven songs included in the case. more...

German File Sharing & Copyright Debate: 'Just Shut Them Down, Man'

German File Sharing & Copyright Debate: 'Just Shut Them Down, Man'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2012

In a SPIEGEL interview, German pop star Jan Delay and Christopher Lauer, a Pirate Party member of the Berlin state parliament, debate the value of art in the digital age and whether music and movies should be made available for free download on the Internet. By Thomas Hüetlin and Philipp Oehmke more...