Despite many setbacks, bad publicity, budget cuts and a change of government, France is persisting with its Hadopi, a “three strikes law” and government agency to enforce copyright laws and fight online “piracy”. Even more worrying, the country’s Minister of Culture is now making moves to curb online rights even further.
In July, Austria had said it would offer tenders for an initial 200 million euros as part of plans to invest some of the proceeds from a controversial mobile frequency auction, which is now the subject of a court case, into broadband infrastructure.
Following the European Court of Justice ruling on the UPC Telekabel v Constantin in April 2014, Austrian internet access providers have started “blocking” several websites. In the case in question, the Court established that an injunction may be imposed on an internet access provider (ISP) “prohibiting an internet service provider from allowing” its customers access to a website “when that injunction does not specify the measures which that access provider must take”.
Romania's telecommunications authority ANCOM submitted to public consultation a set of measures intended to ensure the disabled persons’ access to telephony and internet access services adapted to their specific needs and in conditions equivalent to those available for most users. The draft decision provides that end-users with sight, speech and/or hearing disabilities will be able to benefit from internet and telephony offers with included consumption units optimised for their special needs. The interested persons are invited to send their comments and suggestions by 17 December.
The Internet of Things was one of the hottest sectors at the 2014 Slush conference. Three Finnish companies went to Slush to show off their know-how in the growing sector.
On 21 October 2014, the Council of Ministers considered a draft amendment (version as of 17 October 2014) to the Polish Gambling Act dated 19 November 2009 which envisages a new opportunity for foreign gambling operators to obtain a permit or a license for conducting gambling activities in Poland. With respect to operating on the Internet, no material changes are expected. European companies will only be able to conduct betting activities in Poland under the conditions set out in the Polish permit, in the approved betting rules, and in the Polish Gambling Act.