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Kupfernigk (1190345) writes "Following some high profile cases in which the Crown Prosecution Services initiated prosecutions for offensive tweets or posts that resulted in convictions quashed on appeal, the DPP has issued guidelines on what are criminal, and what are merely offensive or annoying, posts." Link to Original Source top
Pual Chambers tweet conviction overturned by Appeal Court
Kupfernigk (1190345) writes "Pauil Chambers was the man who was convicted (in England) of a terrorist offense based on a tweet threatening to "Blow up" Robin Hood Airport because they couldn't get snow cleared. Despite the fact that it was obviously a (feeble) joke, the Crown Prosecution Service actually went ahead with a prosecution and were able to convince a junior judge sitting with magistrates. The senior judges, including the Lord Chief Justice, said
"We have concluded that, on an objective assessment, the decision of the Crown Court that this 'tweet' constituted or included a message of a menacing character was not open to it. On this basis, the appeal against conviction must be allowed." In effect, they have said that the original decision was not made objectively, which can be considered a severe slap for the Crown Prosecutor." Link to Original Source top
Kupfernigk (1190345) writes "Last Thursday at the WWW2012 conference in Lyon, Neelie Kroes called for an end to onerous DRM, which she described as "Digital handcuffs", displaying a pair of real handcuffs sent to her by Richard Stallman. She also called for the prevention of Internet blocking and said that regulations were being considered to prevent the export of Internet control tools to oppressive regimes." Link to Original Source top
Kupfernigk (1190345) writes "Up till now Ricoh printers have not had bad support for Linux, but it is nice to see that they are now expressing a definite commitment. Ricoh seems to be making more of a push into the home/small business market with their gel-based printers, and knowing that they are supporting Linux as a matter of policy makes them a safe choice for Linux desktop users, along with HP and Samsung." Link to Original Source