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Telecoms Package : intervention in the European Parliament

On the topic of Telecoms Package, greek Members of European Parliament Stavros Lambrinidis, vice-président of the civil liberties committee, and Maria Matzouka organized a conference on Internet and liberties Monday Sept. 8th.

La Quadrature du Net presented its position on Telecoms Pacakge, along with the European Data Protection Supervisor, MEPs and NGOs (FFII, statewatch, EPIC).

The European chapters of the Internet Society oppose the Olivennes law and its European extensions

The European chapters of the Internet Society have issued a press release that develops an strong argumented stand against the three-strikes approach proposed by the French Olivennes law. Various amendments to the telecom package in the European Parliament try to pave the way for the introduction of this law and similar European regulation.

Read the text of ISOC's press release

Telecoms Package : the spectre of the graduated response hangs over Europe

Brussels, September 3rd, 2008. MEPs, representatives of the European Commission and Council have discussed yesterday in plenary session, in Brussels, the reform of European law on electronic communications (Telecoms Package).

Telecoms Package: send a postcard to your MEP

Let's show MEPs that debates on early September and vote on end of September are scrutinized by citizens who are concerned by their freedoms on Internet.

During summer, professional lobbies are in holidays too. And they are likely to launch some action in September to introduce amendments that pave the way to the three-strikes approach, or more generally that endangers Net Neutrality.

Telecom Package : vote postponed

Planned for September, 2nd, the vote of the Telecom Package was postponed by the Conference of Presidents (which is made up of the chairs of the political groups and the President of the European Parliament). The debate will take place in Strasbourg, September, 2nd but the vote would be planned during the session which will start September, 22nd. For several MEPs, this is an unusual situation. More infos soon.

The “Telecoms Package”: out of the shadows, into the light

On Monday, July 7th, the IMCO and ITRE committees of the European Parliament passed the review of European telecommunications law known as "Telecoms Package". All of the amendments damaging to the Internet, that were condemmed by la Quadrature du Net and numerous organizations, have been voted through.

MEPs want to torpedo the Free Internet on July 7th

Brussels, July 1st, 2008 - updated : July 2nd, 2008

One week before a key vote in the reform of European law on electronic communications ("Telecoms Package"), La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) denounces a series of amendments aimed at closing the open architecture of the Internet for more control and surveillance of users.

French telecom regulation authority criticizes Olivennes law

The French economic newspaper Les Échos reports, that ARCEP, the French authority for telecom regulation, recently released a notice critical of the Olivennes law project.

ARCEP considers that, given the current state of technology, Internet Service Providers cannot implement the three strike measures.

First, ARCEP "suggests a delay of several months before the law comes into effect", because the Internet service providers will have to build new tools to ensure their judiciary security.

1984: The amendments on the Telecoms Package are killing fundamental freedoms

1984: The amendments on the Telecoms Package are killing fundamental freedoms

Brussels – Guy Bono is indignant about the freedom-killing amendments that have been submitted in the framework of the “Telecoms Package”, that is currently being discussed in the European Parliament.

Mutualised schemes for the funding of and reward to creative activities

Nota for English speaking-readers: the notion of a mutualised scheme is less familiar in English than in Latin languages (in part because of the use of "mutual" for companies). We use this expression for schemes where every potential user contributes equally to the funding of a global ecosystem of activities.

Two imperatives

  1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

Privacy : Film industry pirates European law

Paris May 13, 2008 - La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) is worried about amendments endangering privacy tabled by the rapporteurs of the Culture Committee of the European Parliament. They fit into the consideration of two proposals framework directives known as "Telecoms Package" [1].

Exclusive : The latest "flexible response" french law draft

Paris, May 6, 2008. La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) has obtained the latest version of the French Olivennes bill about "flexible response" against internet users, which is currently being studied by the State Council. [1] Its content is further evidence for the extremism of its drafters.

Digital repression : record industry talks nonsense

Paris, April 30th, 2008. Hervé Rony, spokesperson for the SNEP (french syndicate of the record industry), declared yesterday that « it would not be acceptable » that the "flexible response" would not be examined before summer by the French Parliament. He added that it would be «  a bit late  if the Olivennes law was voted before the end of July [1].

Spanish internet users go to the front line

In Spain, the project of Nicolas Sarkozy to extend at European level flexible response (three strikes approach) makes a noise. The spanish press informs the public about the emergence of an international opposition.

International support for La Quadrature du Net

Paris, April 28, 2008 The French organization "La Quadrature du Net" (Squaring the Net) is pleased to announce the support of 15 French, European and international organizations.These organizations join La Quadrature du Net in their fight to prevent a possible law, that would ban internet access for presumed copyright-infringing users.

They fear that france could use its upcoming presidency of the European Council to push europe towards such a directive and therefore back into a digital medieval age.

Will France Introduce the Digital Guillotine in Europe?

Ever since DADVSI, the French implementation of the European Copyright Directive, Internet users in France have faced increasingly disproportionate threats of punishment for claims of copyright infringement. The latest scheme promoted by the content industry against unauthorized sharing of music and films on Internet is called "flexible response" or "three strikes, you're dead".

European Parliament rejects graduated response

Paris, Thursday, April 10. The European Parliament adopted a resolution this morning which commits the member states - therefore France - "to avoid adopting measures conflicting with civil liberties and human rights and with the principles of proportionality, effectiveness and dissuasiveness, such as the interruption of Internet access."[1] This vote proves that the system of graduated response that Nicolas Sarkozy wants France to adopt quickly and to extend to Europe during the French Presidency of the EU, is seen as contrary to human rights by a majority of MEPs.

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A new French citizens' lobbying group wants public debate on Internet-related regulation affecting human rights and freedoms, one of its organizers told us Friday. "Squaring the Net" (La quadrature du net) hopes to help spur a "societal movement which we feel is ready to develop," said Philippe Aigrain, director of the Society for Public Information Spaces.