Archive for the “Internet law” category

The web at 25 and a digital bill of rights

By Nick Holmes on March 14, 2014

Much has been made about the fact that the web is 25 years old this month. Certainly, it was 25 years ago that Tim Berners Lee, working at CERN, “invented” the web. But the much more significant date was April (…)

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RSS – who profits?

By Nick Holmes on June 4, 2008

In response to my last post, Susan Cartier Liebel raises the question of the legalities of streaming others’ feeds without permission. She points to her post Shouldn’t You Have To Ask Permission If You Want To Take A Blog’s Feed (…)

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Facing the future

By Nick Holmes on June 26, 2007

Last Friday/Saturday I attended the SCL Web 2.0 conference in Oxford where speakers and panellists included technology lawyers from large practices, lawyers from Web 2.0 companies, a venture capitalist, an academic and our deputy from the ICO. The majority of (…)

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RSS and the law

By Nick Holmes on September 27, 2006

Kevin O’Keefe recently posted a thought-provoking piece on the Law on using others’ RSS feeds, garnered from an article at EContent: RSS: Use, Lose, or Abuse?. The strict position (in US law, but little different here), as stated by Peter (…)

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Understanding network neutrality

By Nick Holmes on July 14, 2006

A lot of misinformation flows in the current debate raging on network neutrality. It is this says Tim Berners-Lee (and he should know): If I pay to connect to the Net with a certain quality of service, and you pay (…)

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Links and law

By Nick Holmes on December 19, 2005

Tim Berners-Lee, father of the web, has published his first blog post as a member of the Decentralized Information Group (DIG) blog. DIG explores technical, institutional, and public policy questions necessary to advance the development of global, decentralized information environments. (…)

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New war on spam

By Nick Holmes on August 23, 2004

Internet service providers (ISPs) have declared war on e-commerce web sites run by spammers in a new ‘get tough’ policy on spam. Shutting down these web sites is intended to remove the financial incentive to send spam. The decision to (…)

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Discrimination: DRC web accessibility report

By Nick Holmes on April 20, 2004

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) last year launched a formal investigation into the accessibility of websites in the UK and has now published its findings: ‘The Web: Access and Inclusion for Disabled People’. Accessibility is a legal requirement under the (…)

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