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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    Glenn Charles, 11 Apr 2008 @ 4:25am


    As a Vietnam vet who had a high security clearance...
    "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."

    First of all, the government isn't interested in 'actual' innocence. Secondly, we're all guilty to a degree, just as economy rests on faith not fact.

    And secondly, I'm a criminal (misdemeanor) thankfully, for being epileptic. I was driving. I'd taken my medication properly. Something changed. Innocence is as much point of view as is value, I fear. (And I already was paranoid. Oh well.)

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