EU policymaking history is repeating itself as another row erupted in the European Parliament yesterday (22 September) over how to tackle Internet piracy and whether users can be cut off from the Internet for making illegal downloads. EurActiv reports from Strasbourg.
The battle for Hadopi
The main activists in the debate are a group called La Quadrature du Net, a French NGO campaigning for web neutrality, which appears to have convinced MEPs that an anti-piracy law will open the door to Hadopi.
“Soon, elected representatives across Europe will realise that the crusade of these industries against their own public undermines the founding values of our democracies, and that it should be stopped by all means,” said Jeremie Zimmermann, the NGO’s founder.