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ICSTI: news items

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  • Subject: ICSTI: news items
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 17:01:58 +0100 (BST)
Subject: A draft new EU Directive on enforcing Intellectual Property 

At this URL you will find a commentary on the 'state of the art' on 
the progress and
the protests against a draft new Directive on protection systems for 



"The EU's draft IP Enforcement Directive - the `EuroDMCA' - sets out 
to make it
dramatically easier to enforce copyrights, patents, and trademarks in 
Europe, and
to punish people who tamper with technical mechanisms designed to 
copying or counterfeiting. The directive has been welcomed by the 
music and film
industries. But it divides the computer industry - Microsoft is for, 
while Sun is
against - and the telecomms industry is strongly opposed. Supermarkets 
stand to lose. Resistance is building, for example in the European 
press. Online
liberties are also at risk, as well as commercial interests. "

"The directive proposes that almost all the enforcement measures 
available to IP
owners in any member state must be available in all of them, and that 
application of the criminal law to IP enforcement be made very much 

"the Commission has launched a draft Directive that will criminalise 
all acts of
intellectual property infringement that are carried out deliberately 
in the course of
a business, rather than just serious cases as at present. It will also 
make generally
available some intimidatory techniques that until now have existed 
only in some
jurisdictions - such as the UK's Anton Piller and Mareva orders, which 
allow searches and the freezing of bank accounts in civil cases, and a 
provision that an infringer can be compelled to recall goods from the 
market at his
own expense. In the UK, where they were invented, Anton Piller orders 
turned out
to be dangerous instruments and open to abuse; as a result, many 
have been developed in the UK since its introduction in 1976. The 
Directive does
not compel member states to enact these safeguards and it is 
predictable that
many will not"

"The proposed Directive will also undermine basic liberties in ways 
that will offend
many influential groups in society, from academics and librarians 
disabled people to musicians"
Subject: Conference Sept 17 -20 on New Services for Scientific 

This conference will cover methods of managing and maintaining 
information by a worldwide and distributed but coherent workforce. 
This includes
the usage of novel and innovative tools as well as services which have 
objective of satisfying users. The emphasis is on addressing the 
obstacles and
challenges of a distributed workforce on the service side and of 
outreach to users
and their satisfaction on the user side.

Location: Oldenberg, Germany

It is the third such Conference in the SINN Project which is  a 
project within the
DFN-program 'Einsatz von Netzdiensten im Wissenschaftlichen
Informationswesen', supported by the German Academic Network 
(Deutsches Forschungsnetz - DFN), with the financial support of the 
Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium fr Bildung und
Forschung - BMBF) and the Government of Lower Saxony.

Start/Enddates of the project: 1. Feb 2001 - 31. Oct 2003

The aim of the project is to enhance the distributed information 
system PhysNet to
a fast and secure service by setting up a network of independent but 
Harvest-brokers and Harvest-gatherers and building a network of 


Best wishes

Peter Strickland
Managing Editor
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