Germany Rejects Three Strikes

from the down-goes-another-one dept

Michael Scott points us to the news that the German Justice Department and various ISPs recently met and the government has little interest in enforcing a “three strikes” policy similar to what the recording industry has been pushing. This is good news. France has been a major supporter of such three strikes rules, which would kick someone off the internet for three accusations of unauthorized file sharing. However, the EU Parliament has rejected the idea as going against basic civil rights, and it looks like the German government agrees, saying that the idea goes against current laws in Germany. Germany’s Secretary of Justice issued the following statement:

“I don’t think that (Three Strikes) is a fitting model for Germany or even Europe. Preventing someone from accessing the Internet seems like a completely unreasonable punishment to me. It would be highly problematic due to both constitutional and political aspects.”

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