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[ZDnet] France pushes ahead with 'three strikes' internet law

French lawmakers have passed an amended version of the Hadopi legislation that calls for persistent file-sharers to be cut off from the internet. [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of French civil liberties organisation La Quadrature du Net, told ZDNet UK that the Hapodi law represented a disproportionate response to file-sharing.

"The internet is used for every major aspect of our lives, and is more and more essential for the efficient functionning of our societies," Zimmermann said. "The internet is essential for one's fundamental freedom of expression — confirmed by the French Constitutional Council — so cutting off internet access today is a kind of electronic death penalty... e-guillotine!"

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,1000000097,39753515,00.htm

[The Inquirer] France surrenders to the music and film industries

THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT is falling all over itself to surrender to the music and film industries and disconnect its citizens from the Internet without trial. [...]

La Quadrature du Net, a French digital rights group, continues to protest the changes. It says that the new judicial procedure is properly restricted to only a few categories of simple litigation such as traffic regulation.

It fails to guarantee the right to a fair trial. It does not include any contradictory debate or public hearing. The ruling is made without any prior judicial investigation.

It also outlaws the "open WiFi defense", under which an accused file-sharer could simply make clear that anyone could have used his or her Internet connection. Under the new law, all Internet users must keep their broadband connections "secure" and are fully responsible for whatever happens over them. [...]

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1533695/france-surrenders-music...

[EurActiv.com] Activist: Telecoms package innovation-hostile

The EU's proposed telecoms package is anti-innovation and infringes users' fundamental freedoms, Jeremie Zimmerman, founder of Internet civil liberties group La Quadrature du Net, told EurActiv in an interview. Jeremie Zimmerman is co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, a civil liberties group focusing on promoting innovation, competition and fundamental freedoms in the online world. He was speaking to Claire Davenport. [...]

So will you be satisfied with the telecoms package if people accused of Internet piracy receive the right to a trial?

Not really. The vote for the third hearing is a very strong signal sent by the European Parliament that the fundamental freedoms and rights of citizens do matter, albeit ahead of an election. We hope that this signal will be confirmed in the third reading. But the problem is there are other elements in the telecoms package that raise enormous questions about competition, innovation and fundamental rights of freedom. Specifically, controlling the use of the Internet via network operators is very harmful to our fundamental freedom of expression and comparable to what is going on in Iran, for example, where a law forbids citizens from accessing certain sites. [...]

So what is Internet piracy according to La Quadrature?

Piracy is just a buzzword, an intimidation technique to discourage people from sharing. Copyright was an industry regulation to protect authors from editors and producers and to allow producers to have a return on their investments on infrastructure to make copies of works, like for example a printing press. Copyright was a commercial regulation between the industry and actors and was never meant to be turned against the public which is wrong. What the public does in the private sphere is by definition in the private sphere.

http://www.euractiv.com/en/infosociety/activist-telecoms-package-innovat...

[cdfreaks.com] Three-strikes passed in France yet again

It’s been a great roller coaster ride, but France is finally nailing down a law that disconnects illegal file sharers from the Internet. [...]

Naturally, the new law has drawn the ire of digital rights groups, who opposed the idea from the start and plan to appeal the new law. One such group, La Quadrature du Net, believes that a single judge’s decision doesn’t constitute a fair trial, as it lacks “contradictory debate or public hearing,” and “the ruling is made without any prior judicial investigation.”

I think that where there’s a will, there’s a way, and French lawmakers have been trying for a long time to get this three-strikes law passed. Rights groups like La Quadrature du Net may have a tough time convincing the courts to drop HADOPI this time around.

http://www.cdfreaks.com/news/20029-Three-strikes-passed-in-France-yet-ag...

[PCAuthority.com.au] Dutch ISP heralds end of net neutrality

Dutch broadband provider UPC is to introduce a new system in which its customers will pay more to access certain services and providers.
Critics have argued that the move could signal the end of net neutrality, unless it is contested by consumer groups or banned under the European Telecoms Reform package that entered the European Union conciliation procedure in May and will have its third reading this autumn. [...]

Citizens rights groups such as La Quadrature du Net, meanwhile, have registered their concerns over the UPC plans.

"This is clearly harmful to the neutrality of the network. It shows bad network management. Legitimate networks divide all bandwidth among all users and, if the network is too small, they should invest in more bandwidth," said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net.

"This case determines the future of users' access to the internet. I expect there to be resistance from users and for some to leave the ISP."
However, Zimmermann said that the real danger is if other Dutch ISPs follow UPC's example. Consumers in the country would not be given a choice, and would have access only to a "sub internet" in which ISPs could favour partner web sites over competitors'.

[v3.co.uk] Dutch ISP heralds end of net neutrality

Dutch broadband provider UPC is to introduce a new system in which its customers will pay more to access certain services and providers.
Critics have argued that the move could signal the end of net neutrality, unless it is contested by consumer groups or banned under the European Telecoms Reform package that entered the European Union conciliation procedure in May and will have its third reading this autumn. [...]

Citizens rights groups such as La Quadrature du Net, meanwhile, have registered their concerns over the UPC plans.

"This is clearly harmful to the neutrality of the network. It shows bad network management. Legitimate networks divide all bandwidth among all users and, if the network is too small, they should invest in more bandwidth," said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net.

"This case determines the future of users' access to the internet. I expect there to be resistance from users and for some to leave the ISP."
However, Zimmermann said that the real danger is if other Dutch ISPs follow UPC's example. Consumers in the country would not be given a choice, and would have access only to a "sub internet" in which ISPs could favour partner web sites over competitors'.

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2248371/dutch-isp-set-first-europe-net

[Betanews] How many strikes will France's HADOPI 'three strikes' law get?

If only the French government had had this much determination against the Nazis. The French Senate last week once again passed a version of the HADOPI online copyright infringement bill, this time adding a step after the three accusations in which a judge may choose among three penalties: a ban from the Net, a two-year prison sentence, or a $415,000 fine. [...]

Gerald Sédrati-Dinet, an analyst for the Francophone Quadrature du Net, said (if we may trust Google's translation services), "The vote of the senators of the majority is simply outrageous: cannot totally dispense with the judiciary, they have validated the ploy of the government reducing the courts to simply rubber stamp. [The decision] is mocking the Constitutional Court, citizens and values-based democracy."

http://www.betanews.com/article/How-many-strikes-will-Frances-HADOPI-thr...

[ArsTechnica] French « 3 strikes » law returns, now with judicial oversight!

The French Senate has once again approved a reworked version of the country's controversial "three strikes" bill designed to appease the Constitutional Council. Instead of a state-appointed agency cutting off those accused of being repeat offenders, judges will have the final say over punishment. [...]

Bring in the judges

Not content to let the idea die, President Nicolas Sarkozy's administration reworked the law in hopes of making it amenable to the Council [...]

While certainly an improvement, even the new version of the bill cannot escape criticism from open Internet groups, who still believe that the system makes it too easy for non-judicial entities to enforce punishments. In a post to its website, La Quadrature du Net wrote that those who approved the bill are trying to reduce the courts to nothing more than a rubber stamp and that the bill mocks the values of the constitution. The group called on other legislators to denounce the bill when it comes to a vote later this month.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/07/its-baack-french-3-strik...

[EUobserver] Netherlands looking to French-style crack-down on internet piracy

UOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - In the wake of France's imposition of its controversial three-strikes legislation aiming to crush internet piracy, the Dutch parliament has called on the government to also deal harshly with offenders. [...]

"Governments must realise that the cost of repression exceeds by far the benefits and most of the time harms civil liberties," Jeremie Zimmerman of La Quadrature du Net, an internet freedom pressure group, told EUobserver in reaction to the release of the report.

"File-sharing is unstoppable anyway. The real question will be about how to use it to find new ways of funding creation. All conservative and repressive measures are bound to fail."

http://euobserver.com/19/28331

[WSJ] Sarkozy's Web-Piracy Fight Dealt Blow

France's highest legal authority struck down a key provision of a controversial law that would have cut off Internet access to people who repeatedly download copyrighted content illegally.

The decision is a setback for President Nicolas Sarkozy, who argued that the law was crucial to protecting artistic creation in the digital era. It was a victory for activists and Socialist politicians who bitterly opposed the law as an invasion of privacy. [...]

Jérémie Zimmerman, an activist who had opposed the law, called the decision "a great victory for citizens" and said that without the provision cutting off Internet access, the law was just a "big tax-sponsored spam machine."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124465744855102879.html

[ISPReview] French Court Deals Blow to Three-Strikes Anti-Piracy Measures

The French proposed "Three-Strikes" initiative (HADOPI), which would have seen illegal broadband file-sharers being disconnected from their ISP for repeat activity following a warning, has been dealt a serious blow by the highest jurisdiction in France - The Constitutionnal Council. [...]

La Quadrature du Net's Jérémie Zimmermann said: "This is a great victory for citizens who proved they can altogether act to protect their Freedom. HADOPI's 'three strikes' is finally buried. All we have now is a big tax-sponsored spam machine for the entertainment industries. But this is not the end of Sarkozy's will to control the Internet. The next law, LOPPSI, is already on tracks and will be about filtering the content on the Internet. Citizens must celebrate this great victory but remain watchful..."

http://www.ispreview.co.uk/story/2009/06/11/french-court-deals-blow-to-t...

[NYTimes] French Council Defangs Plan to Crack Down on Internet Piracy

PARIS — The highest constitutional body in France on Wednesday defanged the government’s plan to cut off the Internet connections of digital pirates, saying the authorities had no right to do so without obtaining court approval.

The decision, by the Constitutional Council, which reviews legislation approved by Parliament before it goes into effect, is a major setback for the music and movie industries, which had praised the French law as a model solution to the problem of illegal file-sharing.

The council rejected the core portion of the measure, [...]

“All we have now is a big tax-sponsored spam machine for the entertainment industries,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, director of La Quadrature du Net, a Paris-based group that has campaigned against the measure.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/technology/internet/11net.html?_r=1&re...

[PublicKnowledge] French Three Strikes Law Struck Down, Internet Access Declared a Human Right

Word came through the grapevine today that France's "three strikes" HADOPI law has been struck down by the French Constitutional Council. While this is fantastic news, it's not exactly surprising--until this point, the constitutionality of the law had remained an open question. What's more, even if the law had survived the French Constitutional Council's scrutiny, it most certainly would have attracted the attention of the European Union, who in October of last year, passed an amendment prohibiting member states from implementing three strikes regimes. Luckily, the French Constitutional Council sided with the EU Parliament, going so far as to cite the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, a founding document of the French Revolution [...]

Still, as Jérémie Zimmermann from La Quadrature du Net warns, Sarkozy might only be getting started when it comes to pushing the content industry's agenda. "The next law, LOPPSI, is already on tracks and will be about filtering the content on the Internet," Zimmerman writes. "Citizens must celebrate this great victory but remain watchful..."

http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/2355

[ArsTechnica] French court savages "three-strikes" law, tosses it out

France's groundbreaking "three strikes" law that would disconnect repeat Internet file-swappers has been overturned by the country's Constitutional Council. "Innocent until proven guilty" still means something in France.

The French Constitutional Council has ripped into the new Création et Internet law which would disconnect repeat online copyright infringers, calling the basic premise unconstitutional. "Innocent until proven guilty" remains a central principle of French law, and it cannot be bypassed simply by creating a new nonjudicial authority. [...]

There was no grieving from open Internet groups like La Quadrature du Net, which posted its response in the form of a picture.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/06/french-court-savages-3-s...

[BoingBoing] France's three-strikes copyright rule is unconstitutional and hence dead

All sanctioning power (ie. disconnecting internet users) has been removed from the HADOPI.

" This is a great victory for citizens who proved they can altogether act to protect their Freedom. HADOPI's "three strikes" is finally buried. All we have now is a big tax-sponsored spam machine for the entertainment industries. But this is not the end of Sarkozy's will to control the Internet. The next law, LOPPSI, is already on tracks and will be about filtering the content on the Internet. Citizens must celebrate this great victory but remain watchful..." declares Jeremie Zimmermann, cheerfully.

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/06/10/frances-three-strike.html

[BoingBoing] French "three-strikes" copyright law passes -- but may be dead anyway, by Cory Doctorow

You may have heard about the French Assembly passing Sarkozy's mad "three-strikes" bill, which will allow big media companies to force ISPs to disconnect you by accusing you of copyright infringement (without even having to produce proof). Jeremie Zimmermann, a leading French activist opposed to the bill, has a good analysis of the problems it will face, even having passed:

* HADOPI is legally dead because it opposes to fundamental principles of French and European law, [...]
* HADOPI is technically dead because it entirely relies on identifying users through their IP address that can be altered or high-jacked in many ways. [...]
* HADOPI is dead in the media because government's propaganda didn't stand for long under close scrutiny from citizens over the net6 and to the aware consideration of a few critical elected representatives. [...]
* Finally, HADOPI is dead politically, right in the middle of an "Hadopigate " revealing unhealthy collusion between Minister of culture and big media close to the president Sarkozy, everybody within the majority already understood that this text is a ball and chain they will have to drag along for a long time.

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/05/12/french-three-strikes.html

[vnunet.com] Copyright groups want action against downloaders

UK creative industry wants ISPs to enforce rules following French vote

A vote on Tuesday by the French National Assembly to restrict file sharers' and illegal downloaders' internet access has given hope to copyright pressure groups across the Channel that similar measures will soon be adopted in the UK. [...]

Although the bill still needs to be accepted by the French Senate and the Constitutional Council, citizen rights groups, such as La Quadrature du Net, have warned that French president Nicolas Sarkozy's determination to see the proposals passed is going to be difficult to overcome.

http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2242220/uk-copyright-groups-call-action

[TheSun] France passes tough new web laws

The new "three strikes" rules means illegal downloaders will get three warnings from a new web police force, before having their connection cut off.

The creation and internet bill was passed by MPs yesterday and is due to come into force in the autumn. [...]

Film star Catherine Deneuve has joined the protest against the law, calling it "inapplicable and ignorant".

While a protest group called the Quadrature du Net said artists were wrong to back the law because it cast them as opponents of the young who are their main fans.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2427306.ece

[TheWHIR] France To Cut Illegal Download Connections

(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- Legislation was passed in France's senate that could sever the Internet connections of individuals who repeatedly download music and films illegally, which, in effect, may create the first government agency to track and punish individuals for online piracy.

The bill known as "Création et Internet" or "HADOPI" passed in the lower house 296 to 233 Tuesday, and in the senate 189 to 14 Wednesday, according to reports from the Associated Press, France 24 and other international media outlets. The bill calls upon Internet service providers to give customers two warnings that they are accused of infringing copyright before they cut off their Internet access for up to a year, charging them throughout this period.

The success of this bill, according to the AP, is a show of force by President Nicolas Sarkozy's governing conservatives after an initial failure last month [...]

Internet freedom activist group La Quadrature du Net (www.laquadrature.net) has stated that HADOPI "opposes [the] fundamental principles of French and European law, including the respect of a fair trial, principle of proportionality and separation of powers."

La Quadrature du Net co-founder Jérémie Zimmermann said that HADOPI could have helped refocus the debate on inventing new schemes for funding media industries, while still valuing the importance of civil liberties in the digital age. "Artists and authors, including those who once were used by the government and the decaying industries' lobbyists, now have to team up with their public to move along."

http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/051309_France_To_Cut_Illegal_Dow...

[NYTimes] Plan to Curb Internet Piracy Advances in France


[...] Nonetheless, Internet advocates call the French proposal legally unsound on the ground that there are inadequate the provisions for challenging an action, and because it gives industry groups the power to police the Internet. Others question whether the law would unfairly penalize those whose wireless broadband accounts are misused by others. The French law tries to anticipate this by making it a civil infraction for citizens to fail to “secure” their broadband accounts by using approved filtering technology.

[...] Other critics say the law will not stop illegal downloads.

Jérémie Zimmermann, director of La Quadrature du Net, an Internet advocacy group based in Paris, said some computer users would turn to encrypted downloads and other methods to avoid detection. On Wednesday, a Swedish company, the Pirate Bay, began a service called Ipredator, which lets users use its virtual private network to make anonymous downloads for 5 euros a month.
The French law will only drive people further underground,” Mr. Zimmermann said. “It will make the situation worse.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/business/global/09net.html

[NYTimes] French Anti-Piracy Proposal Undermines E.U. Telecommunications Overhaul

BERLIN — The European Parliament on Wednesday rejected a long-planned revision of the Continent’s telecommunications laws because of a controversial provision to punish Internet pirates.

In Strasbourg, the Parliament’s lower house, by a vote of 404 to 56, passed an amendment to the telecommunications package making it illegal for any E.U. country to sever Internet service unless a citizen is found guilty in court, effectively blocking the broad revision. [...]

The plan, called Création et Internet and known informally as the Three Strikes law, and backed by the government of President Nicolas Sarkozy, has already been rejected once by the National Assembly, in a vote last month.
Now, given the opposition from European lawmakers, its future is in doubt, said Jérémie Zimmermann, the director (ndqldn co-founder) of La Quadrature du Net, an advocacy group based in Paris opposed to the plan.
“This is a clear statement from European lawmakers that they consider access to the Internet to be a fundamental right in today's society,” Mr. Zimmermann said. [...]

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/technology/07iht-telecoms.html

[ITNews] European Parliament votes in favour of internet freedom

The European Parliament has decided that ISPs and regulators, such as Ofcom in the UK, cannot restrict individuals’ access to the internet. [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, described it as a “victory”.

"A formidable campaign from the citizens put the issues of freedoms on the internet at the center of the debates of the Telecoms Package,” he said.

“The massive re-adoption of amendment 138/46 rather than the softer compromise negotiated by rapporteur Trautmann with the Council is an even stronger statement,” he concluded.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/102634,european-parliament-votes-in-favour...

[Wyborcza.pl] Pospolite ruszenie w sieci kulą w płot

Internet aż kipiał od protestów przeciw "cenzurze sieci". Żadnego zamachu na wolność nie było. Ale nikt tego nie sprawdził. Internauci chcieli dobrze, będą mieli gorzej [...]

To, co się przez ostatnie tygodnie działo wokół unijnego "Pakietu telekomunikacyjnego", przejdzie do historii jako przykład niebywałego nieporozumienia. Tysiące internautów - zgromadzonych wokół wielu pozarządowych organizacji, np. francuskiej La Quadrature du Net, szwedzkiej Partii Piratów, polskiej Grupy Jakilinux - głośno protestowało przeciwko tej dyrektywie. Mimo że - o ironio! - wprowadzała ona rozwiązania dla nich korzystne.

http://wyborcza.pl/1,75248,6579129,Pospolite_ruszenie_w_sieci_kula_w_plo...

[Ars Technica] European Parliament smacks down France on three strikes law

The European Parliament today sent a message to countries like France, as 88 percent of MEPs voted to require that judges be involved in any attempt to disconnect people's Internet connections. The issue threatens to hold up telecoms reform in the EU. [...]

"The massive re-adoption of amendment 138/46 [on graduated response] rather than the softer compromise negotiated by rapporteur Trautmann with the Council is an even stronger statement. These two elements alone confirm that the French 'three strikes' scheme, HADOPI, is dead already," said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/05/european-parliament-smac...

[ZDNet.com] EU lawmakers vote to introduce net neutrality

The European Parliament has voted through a massive tranche of reforms for the European telecommunications sector, including a significant net-neutrality amendment. [...]

The digital rights campaigning group La Quadrature du Net said in a statement on Wednesday that the voting through of the Telecoms Package, including amendment 138/46, was "the final blow against three-strikes laws such as Nicolas Sarkozy's HADOPI bill, which are explicitly banned". Sarkozy's bill, which sought to let ISPs disconnect users suspected of illegal filesharing, was narrowly defeated in the French parliament in April. [...]

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-299414.html

[Vnunet] European Parliament votes in favour of internet freedom

Web users' access to internet will not be restricted, say MEPs

The European Parliament has decided that ISPs and regulators, such as Ofcom in the UK, cannot restrict individuals’ access to the internet. [...]

Citizen rights groups, such as La Quandrature du Net were outraged by Trautman’s changes and called on MEPs to side with the previous version of the report, which contained the amendment.

Now the groups have welcomed the decision of the MEPs.

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, described it as a “victory”.

"A formidable campaign from the citizens put the issues of freedoms on the internet at the center of the debates of the Telecoms Package,” he said.

“The massive re-adoption of amendment 138/46 rather than the softer compromise negotiated by rapporteur Trautmann with the Council is an even stronger statement,” he concluded.

http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2241775/european-parliament-against

[ZeroPaid] European Parliament Shuts the Door on Three Strikes Law

After a long and hard fought battle, consumer rights advocates and activists in Europe have reason to celebrate today. The back door for a graduated response toward the French proposal of a Three Strikes law has officially been effectively voted down for a third and final time. The only thing left is technical details that could pave the way to other things that could be perceived as a threat to European citizens, but the major debate surrounding three strikes is over and advocates for such a proposal have officially lost. [...]

“A formidable campaign from the citizens put the issues of freedoms on the Internet at the centre of the debates of the Telecoms Package. This is a victory by itself. It started with the declaration of commissioner Viviane Reding considering access to Internet as a fundamental right. The massive re-adoption of amendment 138/46 rather than the softer compromise negotiated by rapporteur Trautmann with the Council is an even stronger statement. These two elements alone confirm that the French ‘three strikes’ scheme, HADOPI, is dead already.” explains Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net. [...]

“The strong statement for the access to the Internet as a fundamental right demonstrates that the Parliament can be courageous and reject the pressure to compromise when essential values are at stake. Unfortunately, on issues that appear more technical such as the absence of discrimination of services and contents on the Internet, the Parliament did not take the full measure of what it is at stake yet. Citizens must remain mobilized on these crucial questions.”, concludes Gérald Sédrati-Dinet, analyst for La Quadrature. [...]

http://www.zeropaid.com/news/86171/european-parliament-shuts-the-door-on...

[VaGla.pl] Chodzi o to, żebyśmy mogli sprawdzić, jak głosowaliście

O Pakiecie telekomunikacyjnym ostatnio głośno. Jutro (dziś, bo już po północy) głosowanie w Parlamencie Europejskim. Teraz jest ten czas, w którym komentator może nareszcie zarobić dobre pieniądze. Dzięki Prezydentowi Lechowi Wałęsie wiem, że za "dwa razy po trzy minuty" wystąpienia mogę oczekiwać stu tysięcy dolarów (lub euro - w zależności od tego, czy się napracuję, czy nie). [...]

Poseł Czarnecki, poseł Czarnecki... Jest. Telecoms package directives 1st reading details by score. W zestawieniu "Kwadratury Sieci" poseł Czarnecki uzyskał wynik 36.2 punktów procentowych zgodności z ich poglądami. W materiale TV Puls wypowiadał się również Dariusz Rosati (Grupa Socjalistyczna) - w zestawieniu La Quadrature du Net uzyskał on wynik 47.5 punktów procentowych zgodności. Kolejny wypowiadający się w reportażu TV Puls polityk to Wojciech Roszkowski (Unia na rzecz Europy Narodów). W zestawieniu La Quadrature du Net uzyskał 43.8 punktów procentowych zgodności. Była również wypowiedź posła Bogusława Sonika (Europejska Partia Ludowa), który uzyskał w zestawieniu La Quadrature du Net 38.1 punktów procentowych zgodności z autorami zestawienia (czyli więcej od posła Czarneckiego, który nazywa się blogerem). Być może w zestawieniu stworzonym przez inne grupy lobbingowe posłowie ci uzyskaliby np. 80.4, 72.3 albo 69.8 punktów procentowych zgodności. Wszystko zależy od tego, kto robi zestawienie i jakie kierunki polityki europejskiej popiera. Chodzi jednak o to, że są tacy, którzy takie zestawienia robią, a inni czasem mogą zapoznać się z ich wynikami.

Można się zgadzać z La Quadrature du Net lub nie - "to nie jest czarno-biały film", ale przynajmniej odnotowali sposób, w jaki głosowali polscy parlamentarzyści i udostępnili takie zestawienia. [...]

http://prawo.vagla.pl/node/8481

[GPnoje] EU röstar om internetskydd

Domstolsbeslut krävs för att stänga av internetanvändare. Det är EU-ländernas regeringar och Europaparlamentet överens om.
- En otrolig vinst för parlamentet, säger centerpartisten Lena Ek. [...]

När paketet lades på bordet 2007 innehöll det formuleringar som påminde om ett franskt lagförslag. Personer som anklagas för olaglig fildelning tre gånger på 12 månader skulle kunna stängas av från internet, det som man på EU-språk kallar för "graduate response".
- Om man lade samman de olika delarna av telekompaketet fick man "graduate response". Men de som påtalade det då ansågs vara paranoida, säger Jérémie Zimmermann, internetaktivist och talesperson för intresseorganisationen la Quadrature du Net.

http://www.gp.se/gp/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=286&a=493193

[Interia.pl] Unia ocenzuruje internet?

Jutro oczy wielu internautów zwrócone będą na Brukselę. W Parlamencie Europejskim odbędzie się głosowanie nad nowymi poprawkami do pakietu telekomunikacyjnego mogącymi, w opinii niektórych, wpłynąć na przyszłości sieci. [...]

Zdaniem francuskiej organizacji pozarządowej La Quadrature du Net, powyższe poprawki zmienią model biznesowy dostawców usług internetowych. Nie będą oni już musieli dbać o swobodny dostęp do treści i usług. Będą raczej oferować dostęp do określonych usług, podobnie jak dostawcy telewizji oferują dostęp do określonych kanałów. [...]

Wśród grup sprzeciwiających się Pakietowi telekomunikacyjnemu prowadzone są różnego typu akcję. Strona http://stopcenzurze.wikidot.com/ zbiera podpisy pod listem otwartym sprzeciwiającym się pakietowi. Na chwilę obecną pod petycją podpisało się ponad 60 tys. Internautów wspomniana grupa La Quadrature du Net, oraz strona http://www.blackouteurope.pl/ nawołują do pisania e-mail do swoich europosłów w sprawie Pakietu Telekomunikacyjnego. Jednakże odzew wśród polskich polityków, koncentrujących się przed zbliżającymi się euro wyborami na lokalnych sprawach pozostał niewielki.

http://fakty.interia.pl/swiat/news/unia-ocenzuruje-internet,1301307

[IPTegrity] European Parliament dirty trick on Internet vote

A key new amendment enshrining the operator's right to block Internet content will not be voted on. It is tucked into the "compromise" document, which will be voted as a block.This appears to be a breach of procedure and should be seriously questioned. [...]

The Parliament will not get the chance to vote on these amendments individually. Check the voting list, which is downloadable via the La Quadrature du Net website . The voting list is stitched up, so that this amendment will be voted within the "compromise" which is listed as amendment no 103. It should technically under the rules, be split out, because technically it is an alternative for the original Amendment 166 - Article 32a - and therefore the Parliament should have the opportunity to vote on it. Especially in light of its significance - as I have previously reported, it reverses existing principles in EU law, which guarantee end-to-end connectivity.

http://www.iptegrity.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=334&I...

[LUPA.cz] Stalo se: české předsednictví zprostředkovalo kompromis i ohledně odpojování od Internetu

V Evropském parlamentu se schyluje k hlasování o výsledné podobě tzv. telekomunikačního balíčku. České předsednictví se pochlubilo dojednáním výsledného kompromisu, který se zdá být akceptovatelný jak pro europarlament, tak i pro Radu EU. Kompromis se ale týká i možnosti odpojování uživatelů Internetu, za kterou silně lobuje Francie. Jak byla tato záležitost vyřešena? [...]

Reakce na tento kompromis se podle očekávání značně rozcházejí, a to i v rámci tábora ochránců práv uživatelů. „Tvrdší“ linie, reprezentovaná například spolkem Quadrature du Net, vidí vše jako otevření dveří pro francouzskou gilotinu a celý telekomunikační balíček hodnotí jako zradu europoslanců na jejich voličích. [...]

Stále však není dostatečně jasné, jak se výsledný kompromis, zprostředkovaný českým předsednictvím, projeví na dalších sporných otázkách. Třeba ohledně síťové neutrality vs. síťové diskriminace, o které jsem psal zde na Lupě nedávno. O tom zveřejněná tisková zpráva českého předsednictví mlčí – a radikálnější zdroje, konkrétně La Quadrature du Net, to už vidí úplně černě: že veškeré navrhované pojistky proti síťové diskriminaci vzaly za své. [...]

http://www.lupa.cz/clanky/stalo-se-ceske-predsednictvi-zprostredkovalo/

[WP.pl] Coraz bliżej do odcinania obywateli od Internetu za piractwo

Zawarty na początku ubiegłego tygodnia przez dwóch sprawozdawców Parlamentu Europejskiego i Radę Unii Europejskiej kompromis w sprawie unijnego pakietu Telecom osłabia dotychczasowe argumenty przeciwników rozwiązania pozwalającego na blokowanie dostępu do Sieci osobom łamiącym prawa autorskie. [...]

Ekspert od polityki i mediów Monica Horten uważa, że między Radą UE, a sprawozdawcami z Parlamentu doszło do zawarcia "paktu Fausta". Tym samym podstawowe prawa użytkowników padły ofiarą szybkiego uchwalenia unijnej regulacji telekomunikacyjnej. Również francuscy działacze na rzecz praw człowieka z organizacji La Quadrature du Net zarzucają parlamentarzystom słabość i bojaźń w obronie interesów społeczeństwa. Z kolei odpowiedzialny za wytyczną dotyczącą dostępu do Internetu poseł sprawozdawca Malcolm Harbour z brytyjskiej partii konserwatywnej ostrzegł przed zagrożeniem zmarnowania dwuletnich negocjacji z powodu kwestii niestanowiącej wcale centralnego punktu reformy.

http://tech.wp.pl/kat,1009785,title,Coraz-blizej-do-odcinania-obywateli-...

[NYTimes] Once Again, France Will Vote on ‘3 Strikes’ Rule on Piracy

PARIS — A French “three strikes” plan for digital piracy is getting its second chance. As expected, the government of President Nicolas Sarkozy last week revived a proposal to crack down on online piracy by cutting off the Internet connections of people who ignored two warnings to stop unauthorized downloads of copyrighted movies and music. [...]

“If there is no legitimacy to the law, people will have more grounds to fight,” said Jérémie Zimmermann, director (ndlqdn Jérémie est co-fondateur et actuellement porte-parole de La Quadrature du Net) of La Quadrature du Net, an Internet advocacy group in Paris.

Any organized fight aimed at exploiting perceived inconsistencies between French and European Union law through the court system could take a long time.
In the meantime, even if the French bill passes, it could be a while before the procedure for cutting off Internet accounts goes into effect.
Under the proposal, Internet users who installed software to block unauthorized downloads of material would be exempt from the warnings and potential cutoff. Mr. Zimmermann said there was no such software available to consumers now.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/04/technology/internet/04iht-net.html?ref...

[EUobserver] EU telecoms bill compromise may still threaten French internet law

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - A second attempt by the French government to push through its "three-strikes" bill to crack down on internet piracy may yet fall afoul of European Union rules, following an ambiguous compromise agreed between the European Parliament and EU member states on a piece of telecoms legislation. Paris is confident that it can move ahead, while others believe to do so establishes grounds for the European Commission to begin legal action against France. [...]

French lawmakers are not expected to be caught out to lunch a second time and will likely approve the re-introduced law sometime in May. [...]

The Pirates are coming : In Sweden, a new political grouping whose platform focuses on internet freedoms, the Pirate Party, is vacuuming up the votes of young people and is on course to win at least one seat in the June elections. [...]

La Quadrature du Net, an internet-freedom pressure group prominent in campaigning against the three-strikes bill argues that the French law "remains as contradictory" to the compromise as it was to the original amendment. However, the group also thinks that there is sufficient ambiguity that now a lengthy court case will be required to prove that it does not respect the right to due process.

http://euobserver.com/19/28047

[SiliconNews.es] La Eurocámara da luz verde a la enmienda Bono contra el corte de red

El Parlamento europeo ha aprobado, una vez más, la enmienda que se opone al principio de respuesta graduada de la ley Hadopi.
Publicidad

La espina Hadopi acaba de hundirse un poco más en la piel del Gobierno francés. Después de su rechazo sorpresa a principios de abril por los diputados franceses, Bruselas asegura el clavo. El Parlamento europeo ha adoptado la enmienda 46-135 (anteriormente 138), por 40 votos a favor y 4 en contra. [...]

Si esta adopción “es una fuerte señal”, según la Quadrature du Net, es todavía pronto para que la oposición a la ley Hadopi cante victoria. La enmienda debe ser confirmada en sesión plenaria a principios de mayo. En cuanto a la ley Hadopi, el gobierno promete reintentarlo el 29 de abril.

http://www.siliconnews.es/es/news/2009/04/23/la_eurocamara_da_luz_verde_...

[EUobserver] Internet piracy battle holds up EU telecoms bill

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The battle between internet pirates and copyright holders shifted to Strasbourg this week, with a move that threatens to hold up a major European Union telecoms bill and unravel France's flagship legislation on cutting off internet access for illegal downloaders.

[...]

In Sweden, the court sentence has, perhaps temporarily, pushed the Pirate Party, a political party that campaigns on similar issues, to be the number one choice of young voters, with almost 50 percent of young men under 30 saying they intend to cast their ballot for them in the June 2009 elections to the European Parliament.

Jeremie Zimmermann, of La Quadrature du Net hailed the MEPs' move: "The European citizens will remember this courageous stand. Members of the European Parliament honoured their mandates by standing courageously for citizens' rights and freedoms."

http://euobserver.com/9/27979

[Futurezone.orf.at] F: Nationalversammlung stimmt gegen HADOPI

Die französische Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net zeigte sich in einer ersten Reaktion begeistert. "Das ist ein wunderbarer Sieg für die Bürger", schrieb Jeremie Zimmermann, Sprecher der Initiative. "Diese Abstimmung zeigt ihnen, dass es sehr wohl möglich ist, sich noch Gehör zu verschaffen. Es ist ein wunderbares Beispiel dafür, wie sich das Netz gegen die wehrt, die es kontrollieren wollen. Die Grundrechte werden nicht den Interessen einiger überflüssiger Industrien geopfert. Das HADOPI-Gesetz ist früher beerdigt worden, als wir vorausgesehen haben." Die Initiative will aber auch in Zukunft wachsam bleiben. Die französische Regierung habe weiterhin den Wunsch, das Internet unter ihre Kontrolle zu bringen, so Zimmermann.

http://futurezone.orf.at/stories/1602192/

[Jurist] France legislature's rejection of internet anti-piracy bill thwarts corporate interests

Jérémie Zimmermann [Co-founder and spokesperson, La Quadrature du Net]: "A controversial bill dealing with online filesharing was rejected by the French National Assembly in a very surprising move last week, at the final vote of the emergency procedure in which it was considered, (which means only one lecture in each room. such a last minute rejection happened for the last time in 1983). This law faced strong opposition coming from members of all the political parties, driven by a formidable and wide citizen movement lead from the Internet by La Quadrature du Net and others. The law is nonsensical, inapplicable and dangerous for numerous reasons: It allows for parallel administrative justice where innocents will be sanctioned based on immaterial proofs, private police of the network in the hands of corporate actors, and its Article 5 opens very disturbing doors to generalized filtering of content. [...]

http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/hotline/2009/04/french-legislatures-rejection...

[Public Knowledge] France's "Model" Three Strikes Law Gets Decisively Rejected by Parliament

[...] If those numbers seem low, they are--as The New York Times notes, "most of the 577-member legislature decided not to show up — an indication, analysts said, of how unpopular the proposal was among voters in France."

Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson for French activist group La Quadrature du Net credited the public's swift response and online activism. "This is a formidable victory for all citizens. This vote shows that it is still possible to make oneself heard. It is a fantastic example of how to use the Net to fight against those who are trying to control it," he said. "Individual liberties, in the end, have not been sacrificed to try to preserve the corporate interests of some obsolete industries."

Just as the New Zealand government did when its three strikes mandate was abandoned, the office of French President Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to try its luck again with an amended version of the bill. And as is the case in New Zealand, it seems unlikely that they'll find success given both the intensity of the public outcry and the breadth of the international press' coverage of the botched initiative. The lesson here is that citizens will not stand idly by as massive corporations are given the power to criminalize and persecute Internet users without due process. [...]

http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/2087

[The Associated Press] French lawmakers reject Internet piracy bill

Opponents also pointed out that users downloading from public WiFi hotspots or using masked IP addresses might be impossible to trace. Others called its proposed monitoring structures unrealistic.

"It is a bad response to a false problem," said Jeremie Zimmerman, coordinator of the Quadrature du Net, a Paris-based Internet activist group that opposed the bill, calling it "completely impossible to apply."

He said the bill's rejection is proof of a widespread sense that it was a draconian approach.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j4VjVAXxp684miiKgGtfUE...

[NYTimes] France Rejects Plan to Curb Internet Piracy

[...] It is also a major embarrassment for Mr. Sarkozy, who has rallied sufficient legislative support for other measures popular with French media companies, like phasing out advertising on public television. [...]

Jérémie Zimmermann, director of La Quadrature du Net, an Internet advocacy group in Paris, described the outcome as “a huge political blow” for Mr. Sarkozy and Ms. Albanel. “It’s a victory for the citizens and the civil liberties over the corporate interests,” Mr. Zimmermann added.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/technology/internet/10net.html?_r=1&bl...

[Ars Technica] French "3 strikes" law suffers shocking defeat

The French certainly have a flair for the dramatic, what with the recent kidnapping of bosses and the near-constant succession of transport and farmers' strikes. Even last night's "graduated response" vote featured its share of parliamentary theatrics, as the controversial Création et Internet law went down to a shocking 21-15 defeat.

That's right—"three strikes" has struck out in France. At least for now.

[...]

La Quadrature du Net, which has long opposed the plan, was ecstatic. "This is a formidable victory for all citizens," said Jérémie Zimmermann, one of the group's cofounders. "This vote shows that it is still possible to make oneself heard. It is a fantastic example of how to use the Net to fight against those who are trying to control it. Individual liberties, in the end, have not been sacrificed to try to preserve the corporate interests of some obsolete industries. The HADOPI law has been interred earlier than expected."

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/04/french-3-strikes-law-suf...

[BusinessWeek] France Gets Tough on Net Piracy

La Quadrature du Net, an internet freedom pressure group, organised a campaign in which tens of thousands of websites across the country and beyond went dark in a 'black-out' protest against the measures.
Calling the bill a 'monster, the group criticised the majority deputies as pawns of President Sarkozy, who has made the bill a point of pride: "The powerless opposition confronted a wall of 'army boots' for the majority that were only there to vote according to the desires of the executive.
"The vote…is a symbol of the technological ignorance of a government and a majority in the service of a blind corporatism. The industries that required the Hadopi are not close to being saved [by this law], " said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for the group.

http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/apr2009/gb2009046_905200.htm

[BusinessWeek] France Gets Tough on Net Piracy

La Quadrature du Net, an internet freedom pressure group, organised a campaign in which tens of thousands of websites across the country and beyond went dark in a 'black-out' protest against the measures.
Calling the bill a 'monster, the group criticised the majority deputies as pawns of President Sarkozy, who has made the bill a point of pride: "The powerless opposition confronted a wall of 'army boots' for the majority that were only there to vote according to the desires of the executive.
"The vote…is a symbol of the technological ignorance of a government and a majority in the service of a blind corporatism. The industries that required the Hadopi are not close to being saved [by this law], " said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for the group.

http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/apr2009/gb2009046_905200.htm

[Times Online] France may ban illegal downloaders from internet

Anyone who downloads films and music in France without paying will face up to a year's ban from the internet under a disputed law that is to be approved by the French parliament today. [...]

Critics, who include internet and civil liberties groups and some artists, are denouncing it as a breach of freedom that will not work. One internet campaign group called Quadrature du Net said that the law amounted to “imposing a social death sentence”.

They said that it would punish citizens whose internet access is used by their children, employees or people hooking into their wi-fi.

A group of French directors and actors, including Catherine Deneuve and Victoria Abril, published a protest on Tuesday. They urged film lovers to fight a law that was “demagogic, inapplicable and stupidly ignorant of new ways of downloading” creative work.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6062558.ece

[ZeroPaid] France Passes “Three-Strikes” Law

La Quadrature du Net, an Internet freedom organization, also denounced the bills passage.

The vote … is a symbol of the technological ignorance of a government and a majority in the service of a blind corporatism, ” said group representative Jeremie Zimmermann. “The industries that required the Hadopi are not close to being saved (by this law).

http://www.zeropaid.com/news/85940/france-passes-three-strikes-law/

[Warren's Washington Internet Daily] A measure allowing cut-off of Internet access to suspected peer-to-peer pirates

A measure allowing cut-off of Internet access to suspected peer-to-peer pirates passed France's Parliamentary Assembly (lower house) late last Thursday, said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesman for civil liberties group La Quadrature du Net. The "graduated response" provision -- also called "three-strikes" -- is part of the "Creation and Internet" anti-piracy bill that won Senate approval last year. It allows a state agency to order termination of Internet service for up to one year for those caught infringing copyright, he said. However, lawmakers killed a provision that would have forced users whose service was terminated to continue paying their subscription fees, he said. International Federation for the Phonographic Industry Chairman John Kennedy said the legislation will result in "very sensible and achievable actions by ISPs" to cut piracy in ways that are preventative, not punitive. IFPI has lobbied hard for ISPs to shoulder more responsibility for Internet piracy, but France's three-strikes approach is deeply unpopular with the European Parliament (WID Feb 23 p1) and continues to roil negotiations on major reforms to EU e-communications rules (WID April 1 p1). The bill has been has been handled under an emergency procedure which allows only one debate in each house, Zimmermann told us. The Assembly version is slightly different from the Senate's, so they now go to a panel of lawmakers from each house for compromise before April 9, after which they'll be formally adopted, he said. The changes to the three-strikes article are minor, he said, and include shortening the minimum time for disconnection to two instead of three months. The amendment relieving users from having to pay for Internet services that have been shut off still requires them to pay for phone and TV services in triple-play packages, something likely to anger operators, Zimmermann said. The whole scheme remains "unacceptable," he said. The law can be challenged in the Constitutional Court, but it takes 60 MPs from one group to do it, he said. The Socialists have the numbers, but they must file the appeal before Parliament leaves for vacation April 11, he said. There are "hundreds of ways to challenge the law" if the appeal is done right, he said. Removing one piece of the legislation could cause the rest to crumble, he said. But even if the access-termination provision ultimately fails, countries considering a graduated approach to online piracy will likely look to other sanctions, such as fines or filtering, that create equally bad problems, he said. -- DS

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[SG.hu] Franciaország - elfogadták a HADOPI-törvényt

A törvény most egy parlamenti bizottság elé kerül, amely pontosítja a szövegét, majd a végső döntést a Francia Alkotmánybíróság (Conseil Constitutionnel) hozza meg. "Az a vizsgálat lesz ennek a pontatlan, abszurd, veszélyes és nem megvalósítható jogszabály végső tűzpróbája" - írták a La Quadrature du Net szervezet munkatársai. Fontos lesz ugyanakkor az is, hogy milyen döntést hoz április 21-én az Európai Parlament. Egy a távközlési csomaghoz benyújtott módosítás szerint ugyanis bírói engedély nélkül senkinek sem lehetne megszüntetni vagy blokkolni az internethozzáférését. Amennyiben ezt a javaslatot elfogadja az EP, úgy a francia rendszer európai kiterjesztése kútba eshet.

http://www.sg.hu/cikkek/66601/franciaorszag_elfogadtak_a_hadopi_torvenyt

[United Press International] Online piracy bill passes French assembly

A representative of the Internet freedom organization, La Quadrature du Net, said the bill's passage in the assembly was indicative of the "blind corporatism" in the French government, the EU Observer said Friday.

"The vote ... is a symbol of the technological ignorance of a government and a majority in the service of a blind corporatism. The industries that required the Hadopi are not close to being saved (by this law)," group representative Jeremie Zimmermann said following Thursday's vote.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/04/03/Online-piracy-bill-passes-French-...

[CIO] French 'three Strikes' Antipiracy Law Passes Second Reading - CIO.com - Business Technology Leadership

Although a number of deputies, including some UMP members, sought to amend the bill, "None of the technical aberrations, economic nuisances or serious attacks on our rights were removed, even though they were all exposed in detail," Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesman for La Quadrature du Net, wrote in an e-mail.

http://www.cio.com/article/488216/French_three_Strikes_Antipiracy_Law_Pa...

[publico.es] Francia aprueba la 'Ley Sarkozy' contra las descargas

Como escribe el colectivo de ciberactivista La Quadrature du Net en su página, "El monstruo Hadopi ha nacido en la'Asamblea Nacional, tran un lamentable parto prematuro". Las prisas para la aprobación ayer a última hora son una excepción en la historia legislativa de Francia. La votación final estaba prevista para la semana que viene y a unas horas más tempranas, con el hemiciclo no tan vacío. "Ninguna de las aberraciones técnicas, de los daños económicos o los atentados contra los derechos ha sido retirado", continúa La Quadrature du Net.

http://www.publico.es/ciencias/215823/francia/aprueba/ley/sarkozy/descargas

[Heise.de] Französisches Parlament stimmt für Internetsperren bei Urheberrechtsverstößen

Bevor das Gesetz in Kraft treten kann, muss es noch vom Conseil Constitutionnel, dem französischen Verfassungsgericht, geprüft werden. Die Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net hofft, dass das "ungenaue, absurde, gefährliche und nicht durchsetzbare Gesetz" dabei durchfällt und die "Monsterbehörde" HADOPI noch verhindert werden kann. Gegner des Vorstoßes setzen auch auf das EU-Parlament, das im Rahmen der Novellierung des Telecom-Pakets bisher gegen Internetsperren ohne Richterbeschluss kämpft.

http://www.heise.de/newsticker/Franzoesisches-Parlament-stimmt-fuer-Inte...

[WSJ.com] French Illegal Downloaders Face Loss of Internet Access

Critics worry the law could lead to the invasion of personal privacy, with providers eventually being forced to turn over people's Web-surfing records to the government. "The entertainment industry should not be allowed to act as the police of the Internet," said Jérémie Zimmerman, an Internet activist opposed to the law. "It's a betrayal of people's basic liberties."

Another problem, say critics, is that a whole household could be penalized for a single teenager's illegal downloading or if neighbors piggybacked on their wireless Internet connections. The entertainment industry dismisses such concerns, saying the government committee would protect people's privacy online.

http://www.emailthis.clickability.com/et/emailThis?clickMap=viewThis&etM...

[p2pnet] French "3 Strikes" law passes 2nd reading

The French national assembly has to its lasting shame caved in to corporate music and movie industry pressure to pass an anti-P2P, anti-file sharing, anti-consumer bill.
Its final acceptance would turn the country into a virtual copyright enforcement division.
However, a joint commission composed of government-nominated members of the Senate and National Assembly, must first, “reconcile differences between the texts voted by the two parliamentary chambers,” says the IDG News Service.
“Before the President signs the text into law, senators and deputies will have the opportunity to challenge its validity by referring it to the Constitutional Council.”
How far will the French people allow this farce to go before staging another revolution to drive home the reality that the interests of the people come first, not those of a tiny collection of venal companies which answer only to their shareholders? [...]

By going this far, France sets itself in direct confrontation to the European Parliament.
“France is definitely alone in the world with its kafkaesque administrative machinery, an expensive mechanism for arbitrary punishment,” said La Quadrature du Net. [...]

Final implementation of the law would also represent a blow to Net Neutrality not only in France, but elsewhere.

http://www.p2pnet.net/story/19709

[EUobserver] French National Assemby passes three-strikes internet piracy bill

La Quadrature du Net, an internet freedom pressure group, organised a campaign in which tens of thousands of websites across the country and beyond went dark in a ‘black-out' protest against the measures.

Calling the bill a 'monster', the group criticised the majority deputies as pawns of President Sarkozy, who has made the bill a point of pride: "The powerless opposition confronted a wall of ‘army boots' for the majority that were only there to vote according to the desires of the executive.

"The vote ... is a symbol of the technological ignorance of a government and a majority in the service of a blind corporatism. The industries that required the Hadopi are not close to being saved [by this law], " said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for the group.

http://euobserver.com/?aid=27910

[heise.de] EU-Abgeordnete kämpfen weiter gegen Internetsperren bei Copyright-Verstößen

Obwohl im Vorfeld des Votums etwa die Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net heftig gegen den neuen Änderungsantrag 5 zur Einschränkung der Netzneutralität protestiert hatte und andere zivilgesellschaftliche Einrichtungen vor einem "Netz-Blackout" warnten, fand der konservative Brite schließlich auch dafür eine Mehrheit. Demnach sollen Telcos ihre Kunden über ergriffene Maßnahmen zur Messung und Kontrolle des Datenverkehrs zur Vermeidung von Bandbreitenknappheit sowie über "sonstige Bedingungen zur Einschränkung des Zugangs zu oder der Nutzung von Diensten und Applikationen" nur informieren müssen.

http://www.heise.de/newsticker/EU-Abgeordnete-kaempfen-weiter-gegen-Inte...

[futurezone.ORF.at] F: Debatte über Netzsperren geht weiter

Die Bürgerrechtler der Organisation La Quadrature du Net haben die Franzosen dazu aufgerufen, ihre Abgeordneten anzuschreiben, damit diese für eine Reihe von Änderungsanträgen stimmen, die das Gesetz entschärfen sollen. Die Pro-Internet-Koalition geht dabei von den Kommunisten über Grüne und Sozialdemokraten bis hin zur Regierungspartei UMP selbst, in der längst nicht alle Abgeordneten von der Nützlichkeit von Internet-Sperren überzeugt sind.

http://futurezone.orf.at/stories/1503659/

[BBC Mundo] No más red como castigo

El Parlamento en Francia abre el debate sobre un proyecto de ley que pretende cortar la conexión a internet a los usuarios que realicen descargas ilegales en la red.

[...]

"Cualquier adolescente de 12 ó 14 años puede romper el sistema de seguridad de una red inalámbrica y el titular de la línea sería castigado sin razón", indicó el portavoz de la plataforma de internautas 'La quadrature du net', Jérémie Zimmermann, en entrevista con BBC Mundo.

Otro argumento en contra del proyecto de ley es la supuesta intromisión en la vida privada y en las libertades de los internautas.

[...] Por su parte, el informe aprobado por el Parlamento Europeo considera que hay que proteger la "identidad digital" de manera eficaz contra las intrusiones de agentes públicos y privados.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/international/newsid_7972000/7972006.stm

[futurezone.ORF.at] EU-Parlament für Grundrechte im Internet

Das EU-Parlament hat mit großer Mehrheit den Lambrinides-Bericht angenommen, der sich für eine Stärkung der Privatsphäre und der Grundrechte im Internet ausspricht. Die EU-Parlamentarier wiesen alle französischen Vorstöße für Netzsperren bei Urheberrechtsverletzungen zurück.

Schlag gegen "Three Strikes Out"

Die französische Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net freut sich besonders darüber, dass die Volksvertretung alle Zusatzanträge zurückgewiesen hat, die von der französischen Regierung unterstützt worden waren. Diese hätten sich für Netzsperren bei Urheberrechtsverletzungen ausgesprochen. Europa sei auf dem besten Weg, den Netzsperrenplänen der französischen Regierung ("Loi HADOPI") eine Absage zu erteilen und sie überflüssig zu machen.

http://futurezone.orf.at/stories/1503564/

[Punto Informatico] Parigi lustra la ghigliottina


Roma - Presso l'Assemblea Nazionale francese sono ore di dibattito: si sta discutendo del futuro della gestione dei diritti di proprietà intellettuale online, si sta tracciando un solco nel quale gli attori del mercato dovranno muovere per difendere la propria attività. La dottrina Sarkozy attende di essere avallata dalle istituzioni.
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La loi Création et Internet è ora all'esame dell'Assemblée Nationale. L'obiettivo, ha spiegato del ministro della Cultura Christine Albanel, è quello di dissuadere i cittadini della rete dall'abusare della connettività: "se il downloading illegale si riducesse del 60 o del 70 per cento sarebbe una grande vittoria". Le armi che la legge potrebbe consegnare nelle mani dell'industria dei contenuti per tutelare mercato e legalità, armi che l'industria dei contenti ambisce ad imbracciare in mezzo mondo, sono missive e ghigliottine sulla connessione.
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I cittadini della rete, nel contempo, organizzano la mobilitazione e tentano di insinuare nel Palazzo il concetto di licenza globale per accedere alle opere, che garantirebbe la possibilità di attingere a flussi di contenuti senza per questo privare i detentori dei diritti dell'equo compenso che spetta loro. Basterebbero tra i due e i sette euro al mese, spiega Philippe Aigrain, cofondatore dell'associazione a tutela dei diritti dei netizen La Quadrature du Net: qualora aderissero 18 milioni di utenti si potrebbe ricompensare abbondantemente tutta la filiera dell'audiovisivo.

http://punto-informatico.it/2572834/PI/News/parigi-lustra-ghigliottina.aspx

[heise.de] "Netzdiskriminierung" und Copyright-Schutz im Wunschpaket für die Telecom-Regulierung

Mehrere Änderungsanträge vor allem britischer Abgeordneter wollen Zugangsanbietern zudem Maßnahmen zum "Verkehrsmanagement" erlauben. Damit stünde der Weg für den Einbau von Filtern oder die Blockade einzelner bandbreitenhungriger Applikationen offen, was der bisherigen Forderung des Parlaments zur Aufrechterhaltung der Netzneutralität entgegenträte. Derlei Vorschläge hätten nach Ansicht der französischen Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net zur Folge, dass den etablierten Industrien und Rechteinhabern zusätzliche Befugnisse zur Kontrolle des Internets gegeben würden. Es werde auf Drängen etwa von AT&T hin Prinzipien zur "Netzdiskriminierung" das Wort geredet, die gefährliche Auswirkungen auf die Innovation und die Grundrechte der Bürger haben könnten. Zudem sei bei der Reform der Datenschutzrichtlinie für den elektronischen Sektor zu fürchten, dass Diensteanbieter weitgehende Rechte zur Speicherung von Nutzerdaten auf Vorrat ausgehändigt werden.

Die Vereinigung hat daher eine umfangreiche Empfehlungsliste für die nächste Woche anstehenden Abstimmungen im Industrie- und Binnenmarktausschuss des Parlaments veröffentlicht. Zudem werden besorgte Bürger aufgerufen, sich direkt an ihre Abgeordneten zu wenden.

http://www.heise.de/newsticker/Netzdiskriminierung-und-Copyright-Schutz-...

[New York Times] Fight Over Internet Filtering Has a Test Run in Europe

BERLIN — As European lawmakers debate how to keep access to the Internet free and equal — so-called network neutrality — they are inundated, not unsurprisingly, by lobbyists.

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“The U.S. companies see the outcome of the fight in Europe as key,” said Jeremie Zimmermann, a lobbyist for La Quadrature du Net, an Internet advocacy group based in Paris. “Each side is hoping to score points on the issue here so they can take it back to the States to influence the outcome there.”

Net neutrality, which La Quadrature supports, is a proposal backed by some free-speech advocates and Internet businesses that would bar network operators from filtering Internet traffic. Internet service providers, however, say that basic traffic management is necessary to balance the soaring demand for bandwidth from video and popular sites.

[...]

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/09/technology/internet/09neutral.html?ref...

[International Herald Tribune] U.S. lobbyists angle for influence in Europe's Net neutrality debate

BERLIN: As European lawmakers debate how to keep access to the Internet free and equal - so-called network neutrality - they are being bombarded, not unsurprisingly, by lobbyists.

But the corporate envoys roaming the halls of Brussels, trying to make their case, more often than not do not represent the Continent's myriad telecommunications and Internet companies, but rather those from the United States.

[...]

The U.S. companies see the outcome of the fight in Europe as key," said Jeremie Zimmermann,a lobbyist for La Quadrature du Net,an Internet advocacy group based in Paris. "Each side is hoping to score points on the issue here so they can take it back to the States to influence the outcome there."

Net neutrality, which La Quadrature supports, is a proposal backed by some free-speech advocates and Internet businesses that seeks to bar network operators from filtering Internet traffic. Operators say that basic traffic management is necessary to balance the soaring demand for bandwidth from video and popular Web sites.

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AT&T, Verizon, the equipment maker Cisco and the European companies Liberty Global, Vodafone, Ericsson, VirginMedia and 3, an operator owned by Hutchison Whampoa, distributed a joint letter in February asking lawmakers to eliminate any neutrality mandate from the legislation.

"Proposals to mandate quality of service levels or require nondiscriminatory treatment of network traffic would not only adversely impact the quality of service received by consumers today, but it would also reduce future innovation and consumer choice," the letter said.

Not true, according to a response letter circulated among lawmakers by Yahoo; eBay; Skype, which is eBay's Internet phone unit; Google; and YouTube, which is owned by Google. The Internet companies offered lawmakers amendments that would give EU regulators the power to investigate and penalize operators for anticompetitive network management.

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http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/08/technology/neutral.php

[EUobserver] French websites blacked out to protest piracy bill

La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net), a French internet civil liberties pressure group backed by the Open Society Institute and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has successfully organised a 'Black-out' protest, in which web designers, bloggers and others on the internet darken their web pages in protest at the bill.

The group says it is difficult to put a precise figure on the number of blacked-out sites, but say the number of unique domains joining the protest has reached over 12,000 and the number of URLs (web addresses) is at over 500,000. "To be safe, we are just saying 'tens of thousands," Jeremie Zimmerman, a spokesperson with La Quadrature du Net, told EUobserver.

http://euobserver.com/871/27769

[France 24] Dispute grows over France's piracy law

In France, a dispute grows over the bill 'Creation and Internet', which aims to control the downloading of cultural works on the net. The bill is under consideration in the National Assembly, and provoking a protest from net users.

The main grievance: disproportionate penalties for offences committed, such as suspension of an internet connection. The user group 'Quadrature du Net' has called for a "blackout" on the net.
http://www.laquadrature.net/fr/guide-du-blackout-HADOPI
http://www.laquadrature.net/HADOPI
http://blog.ookook.fr/2009/02/27/hadopi-a-french-law-to-threat-internet-...

An action inspired by net users in New Zealand who recently managed to prevent their government from applying similar measures, following their complaints.
http://creativefreedom.org.nz/blackout.html

A parody site was also created. “I like internautes.com” makes reference to the site “I love the artists” that is supported by the government. It offers questions and answers and also videos, with a list of associations or members of parliament who reject the bill.
http://www.jaimelesinternautes.com/
http://www.jaimelesartistes.fr/
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x78ve5_la-farceillaise_news?from=rss

Another notable initiative on the net came from the consumer protection association UFC “Que Choisir”. The site " ça va couper " shows a crazy policeman who delivers a reprisal step by step, punishing net users who download.
http://www.ca-va-couper.fr/

http://www.france24.com/en/20090312-web-dispute-internet-blogs-french-pi...

[Ars Technica] French anti-P2P law toughest in the world

France's long talked-out law to kick repeat copyright infringers off the Internet has finally come up for debate in Parliament. If passed, it would be illegal not to secure one's Internet connection, and even public WiFi hotspots will have to offer only a "white list" of approved sites.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité... HADOPI?

Critics aren't convinced. Those critics include the European Parliament, which last year twice expressed its displeasure with such schemes on the ground that the punishment was grossly disproportionate to the crime and that only judges should be allowed to order such disconnections. That has not dissuaded the Sarkozy government, which has continued to push the idea hard.

The toughest in tout le monde

It wouldn't be too much to say that the world is watching. Although Agence-France Presse said today in an article that "the new law would make France the fourth country, after the United States, Ireland and Italy, to cut off web access for illegal downloaders," the reality is that no countries currently have such a national policy in place. In the US, only "discussions" have been announced, and those are voluntary; in Ireland, a single ISP has voluntarily agreed to adopt graduated response principles; and Italy's parliament has simply agreed to follow the French model at some point in the future.

One obvious retort is that people will simply slip down the boulevard to the café for a cup of overpriced espresso, a waiter with bad case of ennui, and an afternoon of torrenting. But the Law will not be mocked so easily. When French Minister of Culture Christine Albanel answered some parliamentary questions about public WiFi networks, she said that the solution was simple: such hotspots would offer only a "white list" of approved websites.

"This return to a centralized, state-controlled network is as scary as inapplicable," said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, a lobby group that works for an open Internet. "Yet, this is emblematic of how a government legislates with the same ignorance and archaism as the entertainment industries that promote the 'graduated response.' They are, like this law, doomed to fail."

Consumer group UFC Que Choisir compared the entire project to France's ill-fated Maginot Line, examples of World War I thinking that were famously bypassed early in World War II by blitzkrieging German panzer units.

Instead, UFC Que Choisir calls for new thinking—in this case, a license fee paid for total access to movies and music. Such a solution is backed by some French artistic groups "et même... par le groupe Warner aux Etats-Unis" (an apparent reference to Warner's Choruss project). The implication is clear: even the music labels can see the future, and this law is straight out of the past.

True or not, however, the bill appears to have a good chance of passing into law, and the European Commission has so far (under French pressure) resisted the European Parliament's efforts to block France from implementing it.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/03/french-anti-p2p-law-toug...

[Golem.de] Kippt britische Regierung die Netzwerkneutralität in der EU?

La Quadrature du Net fordert EU-Parlamentarier zum Widerspruch auf

Die französische Verbraucherschutzorganisation La Quadrature du Net warnt vor einem Versuch der britischen Regierung, die Netzwerkneutralität in Europa im Zuge der Verhandlungen zur Telekom-Richtlinie abzuschaffen.

Der Mitbegründer von La Quadrature du Net, Jérémie Zimmermann, kritisiert den britischen Vorschlag: "In einer Zeit, da die Märkte im Telekommunikations- und Unterhaltungsbereich... durch Oligopole kontrolliert werden, ... würden die Nutzer jegliche Wahlfreiheit verlieren. Das einzige Gegenmittel wäre das Wettbewerbsrecht, das sich schon gegenüber Microsoft oder den Mobilfunkkartellen als ineffizient erwiesen hat. Daher ist es unbedingt nötig, den diskriminierungsfreien Zugang festzuschreiben."

Der britischen Regierung wirft Zimmermann einen Betrugsversuch vor. Die vorgeschlagenen Änderungen an der Telekom-Richtlinie seien "als Verbraucherinformation" getarnt. Dabei ginge es der Regierung aber darum, jedwede Zugangsgarantie für Internetdienste "zu beseitigen". Die EU-Parlamentarier fordert Zimmermann auf, sich diesem "Manöver" zu verweigern.

http://www.golem.de/0903/65813.html

[LASTAMPA.it] Black-out di protesta in Francia contro la legge anti-pirateria

Il popolo della Rete non ci sta e invita i siti online ad operazioni black-out contro il nuovo progetto di legge che, in Francia, prevede di sospendere la connessione a Internet agli internauti che scaricano illegamente file di musica e film. Ed è così guerra aperta con il ministero della cultura.

Una battaglia di mail è scoppiata persino all’Assemblea nazionale dove i deputati si sono visti arrivare migliaia di messaggi anti-legge nelle loro caselle di posta elettronica. Tutte firmate da un nuovo collettivo, la ’Quadrature du Net’, che ha invitato siti internet, blog e avatar ad oscurarsi oggi.

http://www.lastampa.it/_web/cmstp/tmplrubriche/tecnologia/grubrica.asp?I...

[Futurezone.ORF] Frankreich debattiert "Three Strikes Out"

Die französische Nationalversammlung debattiert über das von der konservativen Regierung eingebrachte Gesetz zur Installation einer Behörde, die bei wiederholten Verstößen gegen das Urheberrecht den beschuldigten Usern den Internet-Zugang sperren kann. Diese Behörde hat weitreichende Befugnisse, die tief in die Privatsphäre auch unbeteiligter Nutzer eingreifen. Am Dienstag wurde bekannt, dass sich die Debatte bis Anfang April hinziehen kann.

Von Dienstag bis Donnerstag debattiert die französische Nationalversammlung in erster Lesung das im Juni 2008 von der konservativen Regierung eingebrachte "Gesetz zur Verbreitung und zum Schutz kreativer Inhalte im Internet". Dieses Vorhaben der französischen Kulturministerin Christine Albanel, die der Partei UMP von Präsident Nicolas Sarkozy angehört, ist in Frankreich stark umstritten.

Bürgerrechtsorganisationen wie La Quadrature du Net, die Konsumentenschutzorganisation UFC/Que choisir und die französische Sektion der Internet Society haben sich - unter zahlreichen anderen gegen das Gesetz ausgesprochen, da es tief in die Bürgerrechte eingreift. Die französische Regierung hat das Projekt jedoch auf hohe Priorität gesetzt und will es möglichst schnell verabschieden.

Dieses Gesetz ist das weltweit erste, das die Forderungen der Musik- und Filmindustrie nach Internet-Sperren bei wiederholtem Verstoß gegen das Urheberrecht durch Internet-Nutzer alias "Three Strikes Out" in nationales Recht umsetzt. Da die Medienindustrie versucht, diese Maßnahmen auch EU-weit im Rahmen des Telekompakets zu legalisieren, das im April zur zweiten Lesung im EU-Parlament erwartet wird, ist es sinnvoll, sich das Gesetz im Detail anzusehen.

Als Grundlage für diesen Artikel dienen die aktuellste Version des Gesetzes vom 20. November 2008 sowie die 178 Seiten umfassende Liste der Änderungsanträge vom 19. Februar 2009. In welcher Form das Gesetz beschlossen wird, ist aufgrund der zahlreichen Änderungsanträge nicht endgültig abzusehen. Damit Präsident Sarkozy das Gesetz unterzeichnen kann, müssen die beiden Kammern des französischen Parlaments, der Senat und die Nationalversammlung, sich erst auf einen gemeinsamen Text geeinigt haben.

http://futurezone.orf.at/stories/1503099/

[publico.es] División en Francia por la votación de la ley 'antidescargas' de Sarkozy

Francia se convirtió, en el invierno pasado, en el centro de la polémica planetaria en que están enzarzados las multinacionales del disco y el cine, de un lado, y los net-activistas de las redes de intercambio gratuito, de otro.

La decisión de Sarkozy de impulsar el proyecto de ley represivo ahora debatido hicieron que saltara a la luz del día una realidad hasta entonces oculta: en una democracia como Francia ya hay robots que están filtrando la red de forma generalizada, robots pilotados por empresas como Advestigo y Qosmos. Ahora, ese experimento técnico-burocrático, auspiciado por las grandes productoras musicales y cinematográficas y las sociedades de gestión de derechos, va a intentar recibir la cobertura legal que le faltaba.

El director de la casa de discos independiente Naïve, Patrick Zelnik, denuncia un “plan absurdo, liberticida y kafkiano”. Jérémie Zimmermann, de la asociación La Quadrature du Net, niega que el Gobierno quiera proteger a los artistas, y denuncia que el objetivo real es “salvar a las grandes multinacionales, con sus ejecutivos y comerciales, que se quedan con el 95% de lo que vale una obra”.

http://www.publico.es/ciencias/207973/division/francia/votacion/ley/anti...

[International Herald Tribune] U.S. lobbyists angle for influence in Europe's Net neutrality debate

As European lawmakers debate how to keep access to the Internet free and equal - so-called network neutrality - they are being bombarded, not unsurprisingly, by lobbyists. [...]

"The U.S. companies see the outcome of the fight in Europe as key," said Jeremie Zimmermann,a lobbyist for La Quadrature du Net,an Internet advocacy group based in Paris. "Each side is hoping to score points on the issue here so they can take it back to the States to influence the outcome there."

Net neutrality, which La Quadrature supports, is a proposal backed by some free-speech advocates and Internet businesses that seeks to bar network operators from filtering Internet traffic. Operators say that basic traffic management is necessary to balance the soaring demand for bandwidth from video and popular Web sites. [...]

During the past two months, lobbyists for the U.S. operators and Internet businesses have sent letters to European Union lawmakers promoting their competing legislative agendas, according to copies of the letters obtained by the International Herald Tribune. [...]

The lack of clarity touched off a vigorous lobbying battle in Brussels by U.S. businesses on both sides of the issue, in some cases supported by European companies, including Vodafone, Ericsson and VirginMedia, and free-speech advocates. [...]

In the meantime, the lobbying focus has shifted temporarily to Belgium, where European lawmakers are closer to making a decision. Two committees are expected to vote on the legislation March 31, before a final vote by the full Parliament on April 22. The plan would also need to be approved by EU telecommunications ministers.

[...] most of the time, lobbying by foreign entities tends to be discreet. That has not been the case in the debate over network neutrality, where the high commercial stakes for operators and Internet companies have pushed competing U.S. commercial interests to the forefront.

[...] On Feb. 26, Sebastian Mueller,also a Google lobbyist, debated Karim Lesina, an AT&T lobbyist, on network neutrality in a closed-door meeting of newspaper and magazine publishers. Simon Summers, an organizer, said the lobbyists and organizers wanted to hold the debate in private. No journalists were invited, but the meeting was attended by representatives of France Télécom, Telefónica, Sony Pictures, Skype and Lagardère, as well as representatives of the European cable industry and lawmakers. [...]

"I've never seen this level of lobbying before by American companies in Brussels," said Laurence Vandewalle, a technology adviser to the European Green Party since 1997. Referring to AT&T and Verizon, she added: "They want European Parliament to take a position against net neutrality in order to sell it in the U.S." [...]

European lawmakers may postpone a decision until after parliamentary elections in June, one lobbyist said.

"It is unclear what the outcome will be," said Markus Beckedahl, a lobbyist for the Working Group on Data Retention, an advocacy group based in Berlin that has lobbied in Brussels for network neutrality. "There is still a lot of dissension and this whole debate could be pushed off."

http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/08/technology/neutral.php?page=1

[New York Times] Fight Over Internet Filtering Has a Test Run in Europe

The U.S. companies see the outcome of the fight in Europe as key,” said Jeremie Zimmermann, a lobbyist for La Quadrature du Net, an Internet advocacy group based in Paris. “Each side is hoping to score points on the issue here so they can take it back to the States to influence the outcome there.

Net neutrality, which La Quadrature supports, is a proposal backed by some free-speech advocates and Internet businesses that would bar network operators from filtering Internet traffic. Internet service providers, however, say that basic traffic management is necessary to balance the soaring demand for bandwidth from video and popular sites.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/09/technology/internet/09neutral.html

[ItaliaNotizie] Home page nere in Francia


Oggi in Francia si è manifestato contro la legge Hadopi, [...] La legge contestata dai cybernauti prevede, tra l’altro, la creazione di un elenco, il cosiddetto “elenco bianco” nel quale saranno inclusi i siti che potranno essere raggiunti dai punti Wi-Fi pubblici. Il collettivo “La quadrature du net” che ha organizzato la protesta odierna sostiene che i siti inseriti in questo elenco siano alcune migliaia a fronte dei milioni che invece non vi hanno trovato posto, e si tratta soprattutto di blog, forum e reti sociali.

È una forma di protesta – ha dichiarato Jérémie Zimmermann, cofondatore del collettivo “La quadrature du net” – Ma non siamo certo così utopisti da pensare che mettere dei banner neri su alcuni siti possa influire sui deputati della maggioranza perché votino contro la legge”.

http://www.italianotizie.it/leggi.asp?idcont=2460

[Blogspot] Digital (dis)content: Amendment 138 dies hard!

As the Telecoms Package is being prepared for its second reading at the EU Parliament, the Quadrature du Net reports that the now famous Amendment 138 - believed to be a privacy safeguard - is back... although it's now referred to as Amendment 46.

In recent months, this amendment has been attacked by a number of member states, most notably France, for standing in the way of the so-called "graduated response" aka the "three strikes policy".

It's definitely good news, although some other parts of the Telecoms Package are still problematic. Read the full analysis here.

http://juliensimon.blogspot.com/2009/03/amendment-138-dies-hard.html

[Quo Media Italy] Black out dei siti francesi contro la legge Hadopi

Per il sito ‘la quadrature du net’ nessuno sciopero ma un segnale molto chiaro di protesta nei confronti del governo e delle sue decisioni riguardo a internet.

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La legge in questione si chiamata Hadopi e dovrebbe permettere alle società d’autori di chiedere ai fornitori di accesso internet l’identificazione delle persone basandosi sugli indirizzi IP.

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http://quomedia.diesis.it/news/16627/black-out-dei-siti-francesi-contro-...

[Futurezone] Proteste gegen Internet-Sperren in Frankreich - futurezone.ORF.at

Während sich die Internet Society (ISOC) und Bürgerrechtler auf die Lesung des französischen Netzsperrengesetzes vorbereiten, verzeichnen die französischen Kinos Besucherrekorde - trotz angeblicher Schäden durch Piraterie.
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Der französische Ableger der ISOC sprach sich am Dienstag zum dritten Mal gegen das Gesetz aus. Die Netzsperren seien nutzlos, da sich die systematischen Urheberrechtsverletzer auf andere technische Lösungen verlagern würden, beispielsweise auf Filesharing über gesicherte Verbindungen.
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Die Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net rief die französischen Internet-User zur Online-Demo auf. Sie weisen darauf hin, dass eine Massenmobilisierung der User dazu geführt habe, dass die Regierung Neuseelands ein ähnliches Sperrprojekt aufgegeben habe. Die Bürger sollten außerdem an ihre Abgeordneten schreiben und sie darüber in Kenntnis setzen, dass sie Netzüberwachung und Netzsperren ablehnen.
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http://futurezone.orf.at/stories/1502874/

[Spiegel] Netzwelt-Ticker: Geheimkamera-Gerücht schürt Paranoia

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Musikindustrie erreicht Internetsperren gegen Pirate Bay

Die Musikindustrie hat nach jahrelangem Rechtsstreit erreicht, dass mit Eircom der größte Provider Irlands Internetsperren gegen Tauschbörsennutzer errichtet.

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Auf EU-Ebene wird derzeit auch über Netzsperren verhandelt. Medienberichten zufolge beharrt das EU-Parlament derzeit noch auf seiner wiederholt vorgebrachten Missbilligung von Internetsperren im Kampf gegen Urheberrechtsverletzungen, so Heise.de. Laut der europäischen Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net ist der umstrittene Medina-Bericht des Sozialisten Manuel Medina Ortega zur "Harmonisierung des Urheberrechts" erstmal vom Tisch.

http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,609551,00.html

[Heise.de] EU-Parlament begräbt vorerst Forderung nach Netzsperren bei Copyright-Verstößen

Das EU-Parlament bleibt vorerst bei seiner wiederholt vorgebrachten Missbilligung von Internetsperren im Kampf gegen Urheberrechtsverletzungen. So ist der umstrittene Bericht des Sozialisten Manuel Medina Ortega zur "Harmonisierung des Urheberrechts" laut der Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net vom Tisch.

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Jérémie Zimmermann, Mitgründer von La Quadrature du Net, feiert die Beerdigung des Vorstoßes als Erfolg "tausender E-Mails und Telefonanrufe" besorgter Nutzer bei den Parlamentariern. Dies sei ein Beweis dafür, dass eine gut informierte Bürgerschaft mehr erreichen könne als "kleine, obskure Lobbygruppen der Industrie".

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http://www.heise.de/newsticker/EU-Parlament-begraebt-vorerst-Forderung-n...

[Washington Internet Daily] Graduated Response' to Digital Piracy Debate Continues to Roil European Legislatures

A report on copyright in the digital environment stalled in the European Parliament last week after an outcry over provisions backing a "graduated response" to online infringement, and ISP responsibility for controlling piracy, said French civil liberties group Squaring the Net. The report, by Manuel Medina Ortega, European Socialist Group, Spain, responds to a European Commission discussion paper on copyright issues in the knowledge economy.

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Meanwhile, French Socialist members of parliament, preparing to vote on the controversial "Creation and Internet" law that sets up a graduated response regime for online infringement, introduced a proposal for a "creative contribution" for non-commercial music exchanges over P2P networks, said Philippe Aigrain, CEO of the Society for Public Information Spaces.

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