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|COE Cyber Crime Treaty
Debated. (12/11) Council of Europe Representative
Henrik Kaspersen defended the Draft Treaty on Cyber Crime at a
panel discussion in Washington DC on December 7.
|12/12. The FCC begins it
auction of C and F block Personal Communications Services
(PCS) licenses in the 2 GHz band. These licenses may be used
to provide a variety of services, including cellular phone
service, wireless Internet access, and 3G service. This is the
re-auction of the bankrupt NextWave's spectrum licenses.
12/11. SBC filed reply
comments with the FCC in support of its Section 271
application to provide long distance service in Kansas and
Oklahoma. See, SBC
12/11. The USPTO
published a notice
[PDF] in the Federal Register that it is reopening the time
period for comments on a convention being negotiated by the
Hague Conference on Private International Law that is designed
to create common jurisdictional rules for international
recognition and enforcement of judgments issued under these
rules (65 F.R. 61306 (2000)). The new deadline is January
12, 2001. See, Federal Register, Dec. 11, 2000, Vol. 65,
No. 238, at page 77347.
12/8. The U.S. District Court (SDNY)
granted Register.com, Inc.'s
(RCOM) motion for a preliminary injunction against Verio, Inc. enjoining it
from accessing RCOM's Whois database to target its customers
with unsolicited commercial e-mail, direct mail and
telemarketing activity. The order also enjoins Verio from
engaging in conduct that misleads RCOM's customers into
believing that RCOM is affiliated with Verio or its services.
RCOM, based in New York City, provides domain name
registration services. See, RCOM
release. Verio, based in Englewood Colorado, is a wholly
owned subsidiary of NTT
Communications. It provides a web hosting, high
speed Internet access, VPNs, and
e-commerce products. RCOM filed its complaint on Aug. 3.
12/7. The WTO Appellate Body
issued its opinion rejecting an EU appeal claiming that U.S.
tariffs on bananas violate WTO rules. Ongoing disputes between
the EU and US over bananas, beef, and the Foreign Sales
Corporation replacement act, if unresolved, could result in
European retaliatory tariffs on US high tech exports. See, USTR
release of Dec. 11.
12/7. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that Lisa
Prager will be placed in a Senior Executive Service
position at the Bureau of
Export Administration (BXA). She will be Dep. Asst. Sec.
of Commerce for Export Enforcement in the BXA. This is a
permanent position, not subject to removal. She is not now an
employee of the BXA. Rather, she is an Asst. U.S. Atty. for
the District of Columbia. The BXA enforces, among other
things, encryption export rules, and rules restricting
the export of high performance computers. See, BXA
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|The FTC will hold the second session of a two day public
workshop to examine emerging wireless Internet and data
technologies and the privacy, security, and consumer
protection issues they raise. Location: Commission Meeting
Room (432), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, 20580.
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