Read this: European Parliament Says No to Three-Strikes Law and this, more detailed post on TelecomTV. The EU Commission has finally put the boot on the idea of disconnecting Internet users that are suspected file sharers. Some quotes from the 1st post:
“The European Parliament has voted in favor of an amendment that will prevent member states from implementing three-stikes laws. Disconnecting alleged file-sharers based on evidence from anti-piracy lobby groups restricts the rights and freedoms of Internet users, according to the amendment…”The amendment, drafted by Guy Bono and other members of the European Parliament, was adopted by an overwhelming majority. 573 parliament members voted in favor while only 74 rejected. Satisfied with this outcome, Bono stated in a response to the vote: “You do not play with individual freedoms like that,” and said that the French government should review its three-strikes law.”
This is encouraging I think – clearly, the very idea of ISPs monitoring traffic and running deep packet inspections so that an outmoded business model that is based on selling plastic discs and downloads ‘by the unit’ can be re-booted, amounts to asking for Censorship to solve a business problem. Do we really want a Chinese version of the Internet because it makes User-Control easier? Read more on this topic in my “End of Control” columns.