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[Open] Amendment 138 Goes "Poof!"

But that's not too bad an outcome, because it seems to have taken most of the "three strikes" nonsense with it, as this full explanation makes clear:

Looking at the final versions of the five amended EU Directives that form the Telecoms Package, it seems that yes, Amendment 138 (which made sanctions against 'unlawful content' subject to due process of law) has indeed disappeared. But so have some elements of another part of the Package that said that national telecoms regulators should regulate lawful and unlawful content. What was particularly worrying about those provisions was that they referred to another part of the Package that mandated co-operation between national regulators and telecoms industry providers - i.e. ISPs and the big telecoms carriers.

Of course, it ain't over until it's over....

http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/2008/11/amendment-138-goes-poof.html

[TelecomTV] The case of the disappearing amendment and the non-disappearing data

Tomorrow the Telecoms Package comes under another round of scrutiny as the German government comes out against its proposed telco data retention law.

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Ominously the package as currently drafted is missing the all-important and hard-won Amendment 138 (supported by TelecomTV's Throttle the Package campaign) which appears to have been written out of the draft, much to the chagrin of interested observers. Such is the opaqueness of European politics that nobody is sure what this means.

Amendment 138, you might remember, was the last hour addition to the Telecoms Package to prevent a Europe-wide green light for so-called 3 strikes national laws (where users are disconnected from the Internet for downloading copyright-protected files). The gist of the amendment was that due process must be maintained over the matter of copyright enforcement - that meant that laws shouldn't be passed, or national policies implemented, that involved any sort of arbitrary disconnection of users from the Internet without proper legal scrutiny and at the very least the right of appeal.

But also strangely disappeared is one of the original package amendments which paved the way for three strikes by mandating regulators to promote 'lawful content'.

Tomorrow it should become clear what's happened to Amendment 138, what the likelihood is for Europe-wide 3 Strikes laws being introduced, and where the fight should go from here.

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http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?newsid=44176&id=e9381817-0593-417a-863...

[Heise UK] France wants to remove intellectual property aspects from the telecoms package

The French European Council Presidency no longer wants to deal with the especially thorny issue of fighting internet copyright infringement within the framework of the revised telecoms package. The Presidency made its views known in a draftPDF of a Council position paper expected to be finalised on Thursday by the Telecommunications Council, which has the lead on the issue. With its suggested compromise, France is hoping to speed up the legislative process and, at the same time, reach a consensus amongst all of the EU councils without a second reading in the European Parliament.

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The French draft of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive revision also contains a simplified version of European Parliament Amendment 181 regarding processing of connection and location data. Civil-rights activists had been up in arms about the amendment in its original form because it permitted "voluntary data storage". The German government had also voiced reservations about the amendment. The new version now simply states that traffic may only be stored to the extent that it is "strictly necessary" for maintaining the functionality and security of the network.
http://www.heise-online.co.uk/news/France-wants-to-remove-intellectual-p...

[KRUHM] Does Sarkozy want to turn the french internet into a fancy minitel ?

More and more french people are concerned that the HADOPI law (3-strikes law for UK and US readers) will turn the french part of the internet into nothing more than a fancy minitel.

The upcoming taxes on websites, plus massive filtering initiatives (via spyware, no less!) will effectively turn the french internet (in all it’s fiber optic glory, at least in big cities) into a commercial network where subscribers will pay (!!!) their access only to be redirected to commercial, government approved sites.

This doesn’t fit well with Sarkozy’s promises to make France a leader in networking and more generally to make France prosper…

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http://kruhm.org/2008/11/does-sarkozy-want-to-turn-the-french-internet-i...

[Newropeans Magazine] European citizens: mobilize to block Sarkozy's "graduated response" at the Council!

... Should amendment 138 be removed from the Telecoms Package by the Council, it would show to the whole of Europe that the technocratic structure can be used by the executive branch to bypass the democratic expression of the Parliament...

A few weeks ago, the French law installing “graduated response” against Internet users was accepted by the French Senate1. In that law, an administrative authority orders, without any trial, Internet access cut (with impossibility to subscribe to a new access) to alleged file sharers. Nicolas Sarkozy showed strong determination into imposing this scheme to the whole Europe, using the French presidency of The European Union.

http://www.newropeans-magazine.org/content/view/8695/84/

[ABC Linuxu (cz)] Francie schválila filtrování Internetu

Francouzský senát schválil v rekordně krátkém čase zákon umožňující monitorování a odpojování lidí od Internetu bez soudního procesu. Tento zákon je v přímém rozporu s dodatkem 138 (Bono/Cohn-Bendit/Roithová) k Telekomunikačnímu balíčku, který schválil Evropský parlament a i přes protesty francouzského prezidenta Sarkozyho byl podpořen Evropskou komisí. Francouzská ministrině kultury je přesvědčena, že dodatek 138 bude zrušen Evropskou radou. Více viz La Quadrature du Net (anglicky).

http://www.abclinuxu.cz/zpravicky/francie-schvalila-filtrovani-internetu

[Heute (de)] Paris: Internetsperren für Musikpiraten

Französischer Senat beschließt umstrittenes Antipiraterie-Gesetz

"Internet ist keine rechtsfreie Zone"

Das Gesetz sieht ein abgestuftes Sanktionssystem gegen die Nutzer von Tauschbörsen vor. Wer beim Herunterladen urheberrechtlich geschützter Werke erwischt wird, wird zunächst per E-Mail verwarnt. Wird er innerhalb von sechs Monaten ein zweites Mal ertappt, kommt die nächste Verwarnung als Einschreiben per Post. Tauschbörsennutzern, die sich Musik und Filme trotz der beiden Verwarnungen weiterhin illegal aus dem Netz besorgen, soll schließlich der Internetzugang gekappt werden. Dauer der Netzsperre: von einem Monat bis zu einem ganzen Jahr.

10.000 Warn-E-Mails pro Monat

Zuständig für die Umsetzung der gesetzlichen Regelungen ist die neu geschaffene Regierungsbehörde HADOPI ("La Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet"). Sie verschickt die Warnungen und weist die Internetprovider im Fall der Fälle an, die Netzzugänge von ertappten Tauschbörsennutzern zu sperren. Christine Albanel, französische Kultusministerin, schätzt, dass die Behörde pro Monat rund 10.000 Warn-E-Mails verschicken wird.

Während die französische Unterhaltungsindustrie den neuen Gesetzentwurf feiert, kommt von Bürgerrechtlern und Verbraucherschützern heftige Kritik. Das Gesetz sei ein Skandal und diene einzig den Interessen der Unterhaltungsindustrie, erklärte die französische Bürgerrechtsorganisation "La Quadrature du Net" ("Die Quadratur des Netzes"). Es führe zu mehr Überwachung, beschneide wichtige Grundrechte und missachte zudem eindeutige Entscheidungen des Europäischen Parlaments. Tatsächlich hatte sich das Europäische Parlament noch Mitte September deutlich gegen das französische Drei-Stufen-Modell zur Bekämpfung der Internetpiraterie ausgesprochen.

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http://www.heute.de/ZDFheute/inhalt/30/0,3672,7399838,00.html

[heise.de] Bürgerrechtler kritisieren "freiwillige Vorratsdatenspeicherung"

Gegen die freiwillige Speicherung und Auswertung von Verbindungsdaten durch Unternehmen haben sich die Bürgerrechtsorganisationen La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi) und Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung in einer gemeinsamen Mitteilung (PDF-Datei) ausgesprochen. Sie fordern das Europäische Parlament auf, den Ende November vom Europäischen Rat verabschiedeten Plänen nicht zuzustimmen. Der Rat verlangt in seinem Änderungsvorschlag zur Richtlinie zum Datenschutz in der elektronischen Kommunikation (2002/58/EG), dass Unternehmen einzelfallunabhängig Verkehrsdaten zur Gewährleistung der Netz- und Informationssicherheit verarbeiten dürfen.

Die Verabschiedung der Richtlinie ist im Rahmen des Telecom-Pakets für April vorgesehen. Die Verhandlungen dazu erfolgen zurzeit zwischen dem Europäischen Parlament und der Kommission.

http://www.heise.de/newsticker/Buergerrechtler-kritisieren-freiwillige-V...

[The Guardian]

Consumers have been warned that their broadband bills could soar after the EU opened the door to "net neutrality" -- unrestricted, first-come-first-served access to the internet.

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A new Centre for European Policy Studies paper due to be published this week says the US model would oblige normal users to subsidise heavy users, would give no incentive to service providers to invest in new-generation networks and encourage "free-riding" by applications and content providers.

The warnings come before high-level talks in Venice later this week between Viviane Reding, EU media commissioner, and the heads of global telecommunications and cable operators.

Net neutrality is due to be discussed by the EU's 27 telecoms ministers next month when they put the finishing touches to legislation designed to improve regulation, encourage investment and offer broadband coverage to all of Europe's 500 million citizens.

Industry sources said Reding, MEPs and the current French presidency of the EU had opened the back door to net neutrality by tabling amendments to the universal service directive, part of the telecoms package. This would enable national regulators to set minimum quality of service requirements to prevent "degradation" of service or slowing of traffic over networks.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/oct/20/internet-europe

[Ars Technica] 'Net filters "required" for all Australians, no opt-out

Australians may not be able to opt out of the government's Internet filtering initiative like they were originally led to believe. Details have begun to come out about Australia's Cyber-Safety Plan, which aims to block "illegal" content from being accessed within the country, as well as pornographic material inappropriate for children. Right now, the system is in the testing stages, but network engineers are now saying that there's no way to opt out entirely from content filtering.

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Australia moved forward with its plans despite widespread public outcry and began testing the system in Tasmania in February of this year. At the time, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said that the filters would be enabled by default and that consumers would have to request unfiltered connectivity if they wished to opt-out of the program.

Well, it turns out now that those promises were only partially true. Internode network engineer Mark Newton told Computerworld that users are able to opt out of the "additional material" blacklist—which targets content inappropriate for children—but not the main blacklist that filters what the Australian government determines is illegal content.

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Assuming this is in fact the way the scheme is implemented in practice, it raises plenty of troubling questions. "Illegal" is a broad definition, leaving users wondering exactly what kinds of content will end up falling prey to the government's apparently mandatory filtering restrictions. Will Big Content be ringing up the Aussie government soon to have tracker sites added to the blacklist? What about sites that discuss topics like at-home bomb making, or something a little less explosive, like DVD decryption tools? And how about those sites that advise users on how to get around the filters? Will various Wikipedia pages be blocked?

Australia continues to ignore its own government-funded studies from 2006 that show ISP-level filtering to be ineffective and costly. The Australian government's disregard for those prior studies suggests that the driving force behind the current plan is more political than technical.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081016-net-filters-required-for-a...

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