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Conclusive Prove: The End of the World is near! Not quite, but via the Kosmopolitan I found this interesting paper on the telecoms package:

This paper considers how imminent changes to European  telecommunications law will permit the monitoring and blocking of websites and peer-to-peer exchanges by ISPs, in  a way that is currently not legally possible. These legal  changes  will also permit ISPs to sanction users by suspending or terminating Internet access. And they are essential in order  for the French `riposte graduee' or `3 strikes' copyright enforcement measures to be implemented.

The changes are a series of hidden amendments related to copyright, and contained in the so-called `Telecoms package'. This paper argues that  these amendments  will  effectively erode  the ISP's legal status of `mere conduit', which currently  protects individual rights and liberties on the Internet. It argues that the `mere conduit' status should be preserved, and  the copyright amendments rejected. The proposed copyright amendments will result in the loss of individual freedom and privacy on the Internet - in breach of fundamental principles of human rights law in Europe.  Ultimately, they  could open the door to wider political or commercial censorship, and this is the real danger of permitting them to get into law. The risk is that this will happen without proper legislative scrutiny or public debate. The European Parliament committees responsible for the Telecoms package vote on July 7th and the Parliament as a whole will vote on September 2nd.

by rz on Thu Jul 3rd, 2008 at 01:21:19 PM EST

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