[Euractiv] Barnier to endorse Spanish-style Internet policing for EU

The European Commission is contemplating making Internet providers police their networks to tackle illegal downloads, a highly contested measure which is currently being scrutinised by the European Court of Justice.

The open Internet advocacy group, la Quadrature du Net, has often argued that infringements should be treated like any other crime in a court of law – innocent until proven guilty – and not on an ad-hoc basis executed by industry players.

Ireland is the first country to introduce filtering after Internet service provider Eircom caved into the pressure of a lawsuit filed against it by the music industry.