UN Report on the freedom of opinion and the privacy on internet
A special rapporteur of the UN, Frank La Rue, prepared and published an important report dealing with the freedom of expression on the internet.
The report is very critical towards the so-called three-strike law in force in France and Great Britain as well as the establishment of a centralized system in France, which shuts down the Internet to people committing copyright infringements. According to the rapporteur, this measure is disproportionate and infringes paragraph 3 of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The report also criticizes the use of social media, the censorship of the Internet and the limitation of freedom of expression in China, Vietnam and Iran. La Rue also expressed some concerns regarding the liability of internet service providers.
European Commission has finally published the consultation document on stakeholders’ dialogue regarding the implementation of Article 17 of the Directive (EU) 2019/790 on Copyright and Related Rights on Digital Single Market. The document sums up the stakeholders’ main concerns and sets forth the initial views of the European Commission with the aim to finalise the Commission guidance on Article 17 implementation.
Cultural heritage preservation is crucial not only for maintaining but also for development of society on national, as well as international level. Despite the fact that cultural heritage objects remind us of the past times when today’s technology did not exist yet, technological development can be harnessed for preservation, restoration and research of cultural heritage through its digitisation. With the aim of improving policy instruments for cultural heritage digitisation across Europe, the European Commission launched the Public consultation on digital access to European cultural heritage.
Between 7 and 9 July the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) organised the second session of the Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence. The first session was held last September. On its basis, WIPO published the Draft Issues Paper on Intellectual Property Policy and Artificial Intelligence on which the interested public then submitted comments. In May, WIPO issued the Revised Issues Paper on Intellectual Property Policy and Artificial Intelligence that has been the basis of the second meeting.