European Parliament Rejects IFPI Plan To Make ISPs Copyright Cops

from the good-for-them dept

There's been a huge lobbying campaign going on throughout much of the world to get local governments to put pressure on ISPs to require them to kick those accused of file sharing off of the internet. It had been worrisome that these efforts actually seemed to be getting some traction in both France and the UK despite vehement opposition from many people. It appears that the opposition has started to get its point of view across. The EU Parliament has now rejected a plan to criminalize file sharing and to implement a "three strikes and you're off the internet" policy. The vote itself isn't binding, but suggests how the EU Parliament feels. While France has already put in place such a law, there was some feeling that France would push to make similar laws enforced European-wide. This vote should put a damper on those plans.

Filed Under: copyright cops, europe, european parliament, france, ifpi, isps
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    Mike (profile), 11 Apr 2008 @ 12:21am

    Re: You have no clue...

    These new laws are not for as you would say "those accused of file sharing" but for those accused of sharing illegal files...

    True. But note the important part is "accused". There's no trial. There's no way to prove your innocence. There's no way to note that an IP address does not denote the user and is often incorrectly identified.

    The EU rejecting a plan to make (stealing) or (illegal file sharing) illegal means nothing because they have no legal authority.

    Infringement is not stealing, but anyway... I'm not sure what the rest of your sentence means. Are you implying the vote itself was meaningless?

    Australia, Germany, Canada, Japan and the United States are soon to follow

    While there's lobbying going on to that effect, so far there's been tremendous pushback in most of those countries (have you been paying attention to what's going on in Canada?) Also there's almost no chance that such a law would get anywhere in the US.

    This should only be worrisome those who steal...and probably you.

    Well, first of all, I do not do any unauthorized file sharing. Second of all, stealing and infringement are two different things.

    But, most importantly, you are wrong. This should be worrisome to anyone who believes in fairness and due process. The problem with this system is that people are not allowed due process to prove their innocence in a court of law. People should also be worried because it's misplaced effort. It would be ISPs having to do extra work to protect an obsolete business model for the entertainment industry. That would set an awful precedent that will likely lead to higher bills and less connectivity.

    That's a huge problem.

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