Monday, April 14, 2008

European Parliament Opposes ISP Policing of File-Sharing

Members of the European Parliament voted 314 to 297 this week to approve a measure that asks member nations not to enact laws whose penalties would interrupt users' Internet access, such as France's recent policy that compels ISPs to disconnect the accounts of repeat file-swappers. The wording calls for the European Commission and member states to "avoid adopting measures conflicting with civil liberties and human rights and with the principles of proportionality, effectiveness and dissuasiveness, such as the interruption of Internet access." In addition to France, the U.K. is currently considering legislation -- lobbied for by entertainment industry interests -- that would compel ISPs to disconnect repeat file-swappers.

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