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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  • identicon
    zcat, 4 Feb 2009 @ 12:18pm

    Fuxk it all

    Meanwhile, NZ's section 92a is 'full steam ahead', and there doesn't seem to be any chance of derailing it. Despite the nearly unanimous objections of everybody outside of the recording industry.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 4 Feb 2009 @ 12:23pm

    Really

    C'mon... You expect us to believe him? Michael Scott can barely run a paper company...

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 4 Feb 2009 @ 3:56pm

      Re: Really

      Randomly commenting instead of actually looking at links, then? You know, like the one to a blog entry that links to a German IT news service? Freakin' trolls.

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      • identicon
        Anonymous Coward, 4 Feb 2009 @ 4:35pm

        Re: Re: Really

        It's a fricken joke douche bag.

        I'll be sure to keep future comments serious, to the point, and above all, intellectually stimulating... like your informative post about the functionality of hyperlinks.

        Sincerely and apologetically yours.

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