16 June 1997
Source: Mail list Cyberia-L@listserv.aol.com

See Junger's answer to Nottinghamshire County Council: http://jya.com/junger-nott.htm

Date:         Mon, 16 Jun 1997 16:32:38 GMT0BST
Organization: University of Leeds
Subject:      New Press Release - UK Nottinghamshire CC

Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK)

For Immediate Release - 16 June 1997

A Call by Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) to the Netizens for
Linking to the JET Report and to the related Information on the

The WWW is the most popular way to publish and retrieve information on
the Internet. `The WWW has become so popular because of its open,
distributed, and easy-to-use nature'. Recent attempts by the UK
Nottinghamshire County Council to stop this kind of activity for the
distribution of the JET Report on the Internet seems to suggest
otherwise. The UK County Council is also going after others who either
have picked up the report or who are linking to it. Nottinghamshire
County Council, initially has threatened legal action for copyright
infringement against Jeremy Freeman, a 21-year-old Canadian student
and network engineer, for creating a mirror site of the original
report and for linking to Professor Peter Junger's web site in the

On Friday the 13th June 1997 the County Council stroke again this time
they threatened Professor peter Junger with similar actions if he did
not stop to provide a mirror site for the report which has been
accessed 2500 times since early last week but also for the WWW links
he has provided to other information related to the JET Report.
Professor Junger replied to the County Council on Monday 16th of June,
1997 stating that he will not comply with their demands.

As the Court in the US case of ACLU v Reno stated, the WWW links may
be seen as a footnote in an article or a street name helping the
online user to find more information about a subject he or she is
interested into. It should also be noted that services such as WWW
search engines, eg AltaVista or Yahoo would not be able to operate
without the linking capability. Search engines collect and organise
millions of WWW addresses(URLs) in their databases which may be
searched by the online users.

`Linking is encouraged on the Internet because it ties different web
pages on related topics and provides an effective system for browsing
in the information superhighway. There are millions of web pages on
the Internet and it would be quite impossible to find anything without
the use of WWW links.'

Yaman Akdeniz, head of the Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) group
stated that `The availability of the JET Report is not like putting
John Grisham's latest bestseller on the Internet and distributing it
through mirror sites all around the world. The Internet community
would not do such a thing. The issue in the availability of the JET
Report is public interest and freedom of information. After all the
genie is out of the bottle and everyone on the Internet knows about
the JET Report. The central question remains as whether the JET Report
had been made more widely available to social workers and police in
1990, would later cases have been handled differently or better?'

Therefore, this time Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) calls the
online community to link their web pages to the the following web
pages and notify lawya@leeds.ac.uk so that we keep an up-to-date list
of all linked web sites. There are now more than 16 official mirror
sites but we would encourage the online community to link their web
pages to the following three web pages initially along the lines of:

The original JET Report was published here

You can find all the information related to the JET Report at

For a mirror of the JET Report see

Contact Information:

Mr Yaman Akdeniz
Address: Centre For Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds, LS2
9JT. Telephone: 0113-2335033 Fax: 0113- 2335056 E-mail:
lawya@leeds.ac.uk Url: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/law/pgs/yaman/yaman.htm

Notes for the media:

Broxtowe Case involved Britain's largest ever prosecution of
multi-generational incest in which the defendants received sentences
of up to ten years is being made available on the Internet in the hope
that an informed readership will be able to draw its own conclusions.

The version of the report published on the World Wide Web in the
public interest identifies neither the victims nor the family at the
centre of the Broxtowe Case. The author of this version, John Gwatkin,
formerly an Area Director for Notts Social Services, approves its
publication and has a written a special introduction which is also on
the Web Site.

Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK)

Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) is a non-profit civil liberties
organisation founded on January 10, 1997. Its main purpose is to
promote free speech and privacy on the Internet and raise public
awareness of these important issues. The Web pages have been online
since July 1996. Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) started to become
involved with national Internet-related civil liberties issues
following the release of the DTI white paper on encryption in June
1996 and the Metropolitan Police action to censor around 130
newsgroups in August 1996.

Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) covers such important issues as
the regulation of child pornography on the Internet and UK
Government's encryption policy. The organisation provides up-to-date
information related to free speech and privacy on the Internet.
Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) is a member of various action
groups on the Internet and also a member of the Global Internet
Liberty Campaign (see <http://www.gilc.org>) which has over 30 member
organisations worldwide.
Yaman Akdeniz <lawya@leeds.ac.uk>
Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) at: