Three Strikes Rule May Sneak Into EU Law, Despite Earlier Rejection
from the never-let-your-guard-down dept
We’ve talked in the past about how the entertainment industry never gives up trying to push through its legislative agenda — even after it is dealt setbacks. You may recall that the EU Parliament rejected a proposal to institute a “three strikes” law favored by the entertainment industry, that would kick people off the internet if they’re accused (not found guilty, just accused) of unauthorized file sharing three times. The EU Parliament correctly noted that such a law would interfere with individuals privacy and civil rights. However, some academics have noted that another set of laws focusing on telco reform may backdoor in nearly identical three strikes language, requiring telcos to adopt such policies. The fear, obviously, is that this issue, buried in a big telco bill may not get very much attention and may be put into law without much debate, despite the EU Parliament’s earlier rejection of such an idea.