Sunday, July 06, 2008

E.U. Considers "Three Strikes" Downloading Law

You'll recall that I wrote earlier about both the U.K. and France, who were considering laws that would create a three-strikes policy: three warnings about illegal filesharing and you're out - out of your broadband contract, that is.

France has takens the reins of the European Union for their stint at the presidency, and as such, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has suggested an amendment to the pan-European Telecoms Package, which would impose the same policy across the E.U.

According to The Register, Sarkozy believes "there is no reason that the internet should be a lawless zone." Sounds like Sarkozy's talking about the Old American West, but anyway ...

La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Internet) has released a "warning document" (.PDF) and has stated in a press release:
Internet users could be blocked from lawful activities by mandatory spyware, in the interests of their security. The right to use free software for internet access would therefore not be assured anymore. The neutrality of the Internet is also directly attacked, as is the principle that technical intermediaries have no obligation to prior surveillance of contents. Other amendments will de facto enable administrative authorities to obligate ISPs to work with content producers and rights-holders' private police, including the sending of intimidating messages, with no judicial or regulatory oversight.
Other groups to campaign against the amendments include and The Open Rights Group.

The Industry Committee and Internal Market Committees will vote on the telecom package on Monday, with a vote for the entire package to take place in September.

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