[Euractiv] EU copyright policy smacks of censorship, argue critics

The EU is on a downward path to endorsing Internet censorship as it will ask Internet service providers to help stop online piracy, argue lobbyists and digital rights campaigners on the eve of new copyright regulation. […]

Digital rights campaigners argue that the EU is about to weaken citizens' fundamental rights and give way to an already growing trend of censorship across the EU. […]

"On the pretext of giving up on sanctioning the users directly - such as in the 'three strikes' schemes, the Commission's plan would place the burden of enforcement and sanctioning on the Internet companies [...] so they will be policing and judging their users themselves. This is even more dangerous!" reads a statement from the open Internet NGO, La Quadrature du Net.