Paris, June 29th, 2011 – The final OECD communiqué on Internet Policy-Making Principles has been published. The entertainment industries and a few governments ultimately let blind copyright enforcement repression undermine the text’s support of fundamental freedoms and the Net’s openness. La Quadrature du Net supports the civil society coalition’s rejection of a bad compromise and of the final document.
Despite last minute negotiations led by the US government, the final communiqué
The text’s good opening principles are deeply undermined by copyright-related provisions
Also, rather than strongly affirming liability exemptions and why there are important, the draft calls for the active involvement of intermediaries in law enforcement. The communiqué reads: “Internet intermediaries, like other stakeholders, can and do play an important role by addressing and deterring illegal activity, fraud and misleading and unfair practices conducted over their networks and services as well as advancing economic growth.”
Let’s hope that future OECD works will offer a better opportunity for the civil society to be heard. The multi-stakeholder process is the right approach and should not be incompatible with a determined defence of freedom of expression and the rule of law.
“It is unsurprising yet alarming that the OECD member countries chose to side with the entertainment industries, undermining the very rights and freedoms that they rightly seek to promote. Transforming hosters, search engines, domain name registrars and others intermediaries into a private police of the Net would profoundly alter the Internet’s architecture and harm its founding principles. Deciding Internet policy against the opinion of civil society is like sticking to a copyright regime turned against the public: it is bound to fail and undermines fundamental freedoms.”, said Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson of La Quadrature du Net.