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Spain's Proposed Internet Law Sparks Protest, Change 103

Posted by timothy
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[rvr] writes "Last Monday, the Spanish Government published the latest draft for the Sustainable Economy Act, which would enable a Commission dependent of the Ministry of Culture to take down websites without a court order, in cases of Intellectual Property piracy. On Wednesday, using Google Wave, a group of journalists, bloggers, professionals and creators composed and issued a Manifesto in Defense of Fundamental Rights on the Internet, stating that 'Copyright should not be placed above citizens' fundamental rights to privacy, security, presumption of innocence, effective judicial protection and freedom of expression.' Quickly, more than 50,000 blogs and sites re-published the manifesto. On Thursday morning, the Ministry of Culture Ángeles González Sinde (former president of the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) organized a meeting with a group of Internet experts and signers of the Manifesto. The meeting was narrated in real time via Twitter and concluded without any agreement. On Thursday afternoon, the Prime Minister's staff had a private meeting with the Ministry of Culture and some party members (who also expressed their opposition to the draft). Finally, Spain Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announced in a press meeting that the text will be changed and a court order will continue to be a requirement, but [the government] still will search for ways to fight Internet piracy."

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by Slashidiot (#25023061) Attached to: Ford's 65MPG Due In November, But Not In the US
You are a wise man. My Renault Megane (diesel)does 50 mpg, with just 86 HP. This power is enough to get it to 125 mph, on the german autobahns. I cannot fathom why would anybody want much more than this, in the US, where the highest limits are around 75, IIRC. And also, this car happens to be one of the safest you can buy. More airbags than most, ESP, etc. This car is also cheaper than a VW. For all this, it has been during several years the highest selling car in most of europe. For those who don't have the pleasure to know it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_M%C3%A9gane
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+ - Firefox 3 beta ready for download->

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Slashidiot (1179447) writes "Firefox 3 Beta 1 has been released, with lots of new features, including plugging over 300 individual memory leaks, new graphics and font handling and major architectural changes (such as the move to Cairo and a rewrite to how reflowing a page layout works) which have resulted in speed increases in Beta 1."
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