France Responds to the Violent Suppression of Free Speech by – Suppressing Free Speech Online

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If there were a prize for totally missing the point, the government of France just took home the trophy. VentureBeat reports that  France has responded to last month's terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices by issuing a new decree: Under terms of a new decree adopted by the French government, Internet service providers must block any websites that promote ...

DMCA Archive Chilling Effects Mistakenly Censors Itself, Plans to Reverse Its Error

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Long the goto site for tracking DMCA takedown notices, ChillingEffects.org dismayed many techies last week when it announced that it was removing itself from Google. According TorrentFreak: The Chilling Effects team decided to remove its entire domain from all search engines, including its homepage and other informational and educational resources. Ironically enough, complaints from copyright holders are at ...

French Court Expands “Right to be Forgotten” Beyond Europe

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Europe's censorship law has been causing any number of difficulties for European search engines ever since a ruling by the European Court of Justice confirmed the "right to be forgotten" in May, and now the problems have spread internationally. A recent court ruling in France finds Google's French subsidiary being penalized for the actions of its US-based parent. From The ...

The ALA Reports that the Most Banned Book of 2013 was “Captain Underpants”

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The American Library Association released their annual State of the American Library report today, and according to the report the never-ending battle to ban books continues unabated in 2013. In addition to a broad summary of the problems faced by libraries, the report also includes a list of the library books reported as being the most-challenged ...

Light the Torches – Amazon is Censoring eBooks Again

Just when you think you've beaten prudish censors into submission, they pop up somewhere else. Digital Manga Publishing, importers and translators of Japanese comics, has had their entire Kindle publisher's account disabled. Their crime? Running afoul of an unnamed Amazon drone. Update: This has been resolved. Their account has been reactivated. As March 15, 2012, Digital Manga ...