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  • The Data Retention Saga: Dutch Court Declared National Data Retention Law Invalid!

    The Data Retention Saga: Dutch Court Declared National Data Retention Law Invalid!

    April 2, 2015

    On March 11, 2015, the district court of The Hague in the Netherlands declared the country’s 2009 Telecommunications Data Retention Act invalid. This decision was a foreseeable effect because of a previous judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the annulment of the European Directive on data retention on April 8, 2014. It seems now that European Member States are starting to face the consequences of that annulment. The cause of this is the fact that the European judgement did not automatically make national data retention legislation invalid. I will briefly discuss the case of the Dutch national data retention law.

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  • You’ve been Framed: Hyperlinking and European Copyright Law

    You’ve been Framed: Hyperlinking and European Copyright Law

    July 12, 2013

    One of the central features of the internet is the ability for each webpage to offer connections to other webpages in a click of a button. However in the copyright world there has been much discussion about website operators infringing copyright in a work by providing a link to another website containing that work. Can hyperlinking be a copyright infringement? What kind of linking is a communication to the public and the making of an authorized copy? In this blog I will discuss this issue in a European perspective with references to some recent cases of the European Court of Justice but first let me explain to you in short the relevant forms of hyperlinking.

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  • Internet governance 2012: Who should control the Internet?

    June 1, 2012

    In the last twenty years, the Internet has had a tremendous impact on society and the term “Internet governance” was introduced. At first it was mainly used to describe the technical management of the Internet such as domain names and internet protocols. Nowadays governance refers to questions like “Do we all accept our responsibilities to safeguard the continued development of the Internet as a global, open and safe virtual environment? and Who sets the rules? In this blog I will give a few highlights of the current developments of internet governance on an International and (as well as on) an European level.

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  • Communications - Research Guide International Law

    Communications

    Since the beginning of the 1990s, “globalization” has become an increasingly important. There is practically no globalization without the modern means of communications and media. Global international (tele)communications covers the work of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), telecommunications law (satellites, radio and broadcasting), internet law and governance, information and communication technology (ICT), media law, security and privacy. We have created a research guide on communications to provide you easy access to our collection.

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