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A just-formed lobbying group of content producers, equipment makers and internet gatekeepers said Thursday that internet service providers should embrace filtering.
Behind the lobby are AT&T, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, NBC Universal, Viacom and the Songwriters Guild of America. Among other things, the lobby, called Arts+Labs, says "network operators must have the flexibility to manage and expand their networks to defend against net pollution and illegal file-trafficking which threatens to congest and delay the network for all consumers."
Running the new lobby is Mike McCurry, President Clinton's press secretary and departing chairman of Hands off the Internet, a group of telcos and others opposing net neutrality.
Still, network-level filtering technology isn't ready for prime time. And it remains to be seen whether filtering could account for fair use or could decipher whether copyright material along a network was authorized to be there.
(FCC said) "We also note that because consumers are entitled to access the lawful internet content of their choice, providers, consistent with federal policy, may block transmissions of illegal content (e.g., child pornography) or transmissions that violate copyright law. To the extent, however, that providers choose to utilize practices that are not application- or content-neutral, the risk to the open nature of the internet is particularly acute and the danger of network-management practices being used to further anti-competitive ends is strong."
Swedens EU parliamentary delegation is rejoicing following a decision by the body to toss out a proposal that would have banned file sharers from the internet and forced internet service providers to filter content in the hunt for pirated material.
Whats important about this decision is that now its clear that you cant force [internet service] providers to ban people from the internet without a legal process, said Moderate Party EU parliamentarian Christofer Fjellner to the TT news agency. Fjellner had been a fierce opponent of the proposal, which was part of a larger reform package passed by the EU parliament on Wednesday to boost competition in the EU telecoms sector. While many of the proposed reforms were welcomed by the EU parliament because they were seen to benefit consumers, the proposal regarding file sharing was quite controversial, prompting a furious effort by EU parliamentarians from both ends of Swedens political spectrum to jettison the proposal. Eva-Britt Svensson of the Left Party also sits in the EU parliament and succeeded in moving the body to support an amendment requiring a legal process in suspected file sharing cases.
Still time to email your MEP regarding the Telecoms Package Amendments
There is still time to email / fax your Member of the European Parliament e.g. via WriteToThem.com, ahead of tomorrow's vote on some dubious amendments to some forthcoming European Union telecommunications and internet legislation.
See The Open Rights Group for details: ask your MEPs to vote for Telecom package amendments 133 and 138
La Quadrature du Net has a wiki with the Telecom Plenary Package Amendments in question.
Later this month, the European Parliament will debate the Telecoms Package, and with it three amendments that seriously affect the neutrality of the net in Europe. La Quadrature du Net has a briefing on the issue, while the European Greens are split on some of the details. Look out for more discussion of this over the coming weeks.
[heise.de] EU-Internetkontrolle: "Ein reiner Schutz großer Unterhaltungskonzerne ist verhindert worden"
"Ein reiner Schutz großer Unterhaltungskonzerne im Namen des Marktes ist verhindert worden", zeigte sich Rebecca Harms, stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Grünen im EU-Parlament und Mitglied im Industrieausschuss, größtenteils erleichtert über das Abstimmungsergebnis in zwei Ausschüssen des EU-Parlaments: Am gestrigen Montagabend wurden Änderungsanträge zum geplanten Gesetzespaket zur Regulierung des Telekommunikationsmarktes befürwortet, mit dem nationale Regulierungsbehörden mit Rechteverwertern freiwillige Standards zum Schutz "gesetzeskonformer Inhalte" erarbeiten können. Der von der zuständigen Berichterstatterin Catherine Trautmann vorgelegte Kompromiss plädiert anders als zuvor eingebrachte Ergänzungsvorschläge konservativer Abgeordneter nicht zwangsweise für die Umsetzung von in Frankreich und Großbritannien vorangetriebenen Bestimmungen, wonach Internetzugänge bei wiederholten Urheberrechtsverletzungen und Warnhinweisen per E-Mail gekappt werden sollen (System der "Three Strikes" beziehungsweise "Riposte Graduée"). Allerdings legt er vergleichbaren nationalen Regelungen auch keine Hindernisse in den Weg.
Die Medienindustrie will, dass notorischen Tauschbörsen-Nutzern der Internetzugang gesperrt wird. Frankreich peilt ein entsprechendes Gesetz an - und auch das EU-Parlament diskutiert darüber. VON B.SCHWAN
Il Parlamento Europeo sta discutendo una nuova normativa di "armonizzazione" tra i paesi europei delle regole sulle telecomunicazioni che darebbe un giro di vite sul file-sharing
Un documento della UE, nel promuovere il pacchetto di proposte, recita che "L'attuale frammentazione scoraggia gli investimenti e danneggia sia i consumatori che gli operatori". Il cosiddetto Telecom Packet propone, tra l'altro, che i navigatori "pescati" per tre volte a scambiare materiale protetto da copyright sui network di file-sharing siano esclusi dall'accesso a Internet. Altri emendamenti riguarderebbero quali software possono essere usati sul web. In quest'ultimo caso sarebbero i governi dei singoli stati a poter decidere. Potremmo arrivare al punto che programmi come Skype o Firefox potrebbero essere fuori legge se non certificati dalle autorit. Gli attivisti hanno gi detto che queste leggi sono contro la privacy e fanno dei provider Internet dei guardiani del copyright.
Secondo Christophe Espern, cofondatore del gruppo per i diritti digitali La Quadrature du Net, si tratta addirittura di misure orwelliane.
A new EU anti-piracy law incorporates elements that could affect the development of the digital world in coming years.
The law, known as Telecom Packet, the difficults the live of pirates with the law called "three-strike". The law at issue three warnings apply to users who downloaded illegal material before expelled from the Internet.
"The laws allow private companies monitor Internet traffic and filters," explains Christophe Espern, the French defence group for privacy and digital rights The Quadrature du Net.
Making laws in the European Union is a long, complicated and often tedious process that involves a delicate ballet featuring the Council of Ministers, the Parliament and the Commission.
Several amendments from British MEP Syed Kamall, a member of the Conservative group, have been criticised by those campaigning for a more open net, including a change to Article 21 (4a) that asks member states to oblige them to “distribute public interest information to existing and new subscribers when appropriate. Such information shall be produced by the relevant public authorities in a standardised format” and may include “Illegal uses of electronic communications networks” including infringement of copyright and related rights”
This reads like a call for a public information campaign, but observers like the UK-based Open Rights Group and the French-based La Quadrature du Net believe it would oblige ISPs to contact subscribers when they are accused of transmitting licensed content without permission, for example when using file-sharing networks or downloading from unauthorised sources.
Another amendment put forward by Kamall allows that ‘traffic data may be processed’ to ensure the security of a public electronic communication service’, which the campaigners read as giving carte blanche to the content providers to monitor and control what happens on the network on the grounds that copying files or breaking digital rights management counts as a ’security’ breach.
Last November, the European Commission proposed a wide review of the rules on EU electronic communications, the so-called 'Telecoms package'. The proposals include upgrading the Directive Pdf external on personal data and protection of privacy for electronic services (see our Links Dossier).
Several parliamentary committees are involved in the dossier on data protection, but two have a binding say on framing the European Parliament's final text. These are the Internal Market and Civil Rights Committees.
The Council is expected to give its final opinion on the issue in November under the current French EU Presidency.
Behind this unusual rejection lies the LIBE Committee's intention to allow the processing of electronic traffic data by "any natural or legal person", without the consent of the user, if it is necessary for security purposes. Socialist and Green MEPs belonging to the IMCO Committee are not at ease with this wording.
Traffic data include several pieces of information which are considered private by many, particularly IP addresses (the first source of identity in the online world) and information relating to the duration, timing, volume and origins of an electronic communication.
Civil liberty group 'Squaring the Net' says the LIBE Committee amendment represents "a major breach for the protection the protection of personal data and privacy, as it allows businesses to remotely control users' electronic communications without their consent". It adds that such a measure "paves the way for the deployment of intrusive technologies on the client".
A spokesperson for the IMCO Committee said that "some MEPs are not certain to accept in the plenary vote the amendments proposed by the LIBE Committee", underlining that there could be problems and that there might be a need "for more time".
* Sep. 2008: Vote on Telecoms package planned in the plenary, although disagreements over electronic data protection could delay the vote.