Norway The Latest Country To Look At Censorship As A 'Solution' To Entertainment Industry's Failed Business Models
from the so-sad dept
Almost exactly two years ago, I spent a nice week in Norway for Nordic Music Week, where I was able to spend a lot of time talking with musicians and music industry folks from various Nordic countries, including Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. One thing, that I found encouraging about many that I spoke to in Norway, was how eager and willing they were to embrace new opportunities. I wrote about how refreshing this was at the time. There were lots of success stories coming about and a general optimism for new technologies, without much worry about things like “copyright” infringement.
So it’s a bit disappointing to see that legacy industry lobbyists (with the help of US diplomats, of course) appear to have had their way with Norwegian politicians and convinced them to propose an extreme and dangerous reform, that would both order ISPs to censor websites, “where material is being made available to a great extent, evidently infringing copyright or other rights in accordance to this Act” and also slash away at current data protection rules that require careful handling of personal info. Under this law, any info related to accusations of copyright infringement would no longer need to comply with Norway’s Data Protection Act, which makes sure that information is handled properly.
This is all very unfortunate, if not surprising. We’re seeing similar efforts in other countries as well. To the industry players, they seem to not care at all what rights they trample, just so long as they think it makes copyright “stronger.”