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EU Parliament adopts new measures to fight child pornography and sex tourism

According to proposals adopted by the Civil Liberties Committee of the EU Parliament, anyone guilty of child abuse or who watches child pornography online could face from 1 to 10 years behind bars. The legislation calls for all web pages containing child pornography to be removed at source, meaning member states should cooperate with third countries to ensure the removal of pages hosted outside the EU. Blocking would be considered an option only if these countries refuse to cooperate.

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Germany: OLG Köln refers surcharges billed by online booking platform to ECJ

In its reference for preliminary ruling of March 4, 2011, the OLG Köln referred the follwoing question to the ECJ:

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UK: OFT to take action over passenger travel sector payment surcharges

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has put passenger travel companies on notice to change misleading debit and credit card surcharging practices or face enforcement action under consumer protection laws.

Publishing its findings on these surcharges, following a super-complaint from U.K. Consumer Rights Association Which?, the OFT also calls for the law to be updated to stop consumers being surcharged when buying goods and services with any debit card.

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USA: Washington D.C. to sue OTAs for unpaid taxes

Officials announced that Washington D.C. will sue popular online hotel-booking firms in order to recoup millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. The complaint is similar to other lawsuits across the nation, which accuse leading online travel companies of basing their tax receipts on wholesale prices paid by the online booking agency — not the retail rate that guests actually pay.

Source: The Wahsington Times; find article here>>.

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USA: Oklahoma's lawsuit against online travel companies dismissed

Oklahoma County District Court Judge Daniel Owens has ruled against Oklahoma's legal effort to collect back sales taxes from online travel reservation companies which offer discount hotel rooms.

Source: NewsOK; find article here>>.

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Germany: no liability for copyright infringements by hotel guests through WLAN conncetion

A hotel owner who provides his guests with internet access through a customarily secure and encrypted WLAN connection has no liabilty if the guests or third persons use the internet connection for copyright infringements, a German court recently decided: there is no obligation to examination on behalf of the hotel owner. (LG Frankfurt/Main 18.08.2010, 2-6 S 19/09).

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Norwegian first to offer broadband on intra-European flights

Scandinavian budget carrier Norwegian has quietly started offering Row 44's in-flight high-speed Internet service to passengers on a single Boeing 737-800, becoming the first carrier to provide airborne broadband on European routes.

"We went live with our first Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft, LN-DYC, yesterday evening," Norwegian communications manager Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen confirms to ATI and Flightglobal.

"This aircraft is a test aircraft as we are officially launching the service on 8 February on another aircraft, LN-DYG with [the Boeing] SKY Interior."

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USA: DOT sets deadline for proper online disclosure of codeshared flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Aviation Enforcement Office provided guidance to airlines and ticket agents about the requirement for notifying passengers if a flight they are selling is being operated under a code-sharing arrangement.