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[P2P Foundation] Who wants Net Discrimination in Europe? Net Neutrality in immediate danger

** Paris, Feb.16th. Amendments in the European Parliament to the "Telecoms Package"[1] may allow operators to take control of their customer's usage of the Net. According to amendments pushed by AT&T, "network management practices" could be used to discriminate what content, services and applications users could access and use. Such "net discrimination" causes great risks to the very structure of Internet, and its innovation and growth models. It is also a massive threat to user's rights and freedoms. Who would want this for Europe? **

On Feb 19th will officially begin the second reading of the "Telecoms Package" in the European Parliament. In reality, at the very same moment, a political agreement may be reached after ongoing opaque negotiations between the rapporteurs, the Commission and the Council. Insights from the Parliament reveal that extremely disturbing provisions[2] defended by telecom operators, and mainly the US giant AT&T[3], might get through. Using the intentionally vague wording of "network management policies", operators may be authorised to get total control of the network and their users' activities.

"At this stage of the procedure, what the rapporteur is ready to accept is likely to be voted in plenary. The responsability of promoting, or conversely opposing to, extra-european interests going against internal market and consumer protection, is lying on his shoulders." explains Gérald Sédrati-Dinet, analyst for La Quadrature du Net.

Such a scheme of "net discrimination" would allow operators to prioritise or deprioritise, allow or forbid, access to content and services, as well as usage of applications. On the pretext of addressing network congestions and using the fear of a "collapse of the Internet"[4], and in the name of "diversifying their offerings"[5] operators want to get the ability to filter their networks content and usage in order to sell more services.

"Allowing operators to choose what their users can do with their access would be a major disruption in Internet's model of growth and its innovation. Such 'net discrimination' would lead to access to operator-controlled networks that would not deserve to be called 'Internet' anymore, like on the mobile phones where VoIP, filesharing and streaming are filtered. Members of the European Parliament, and especially the rapporteurs, must frame 'network management policies' to what is strictly necessary to guarantee the security of the networks and of their users." concludes Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net.

[boingboing] New Zealand netizens go black in protest of new "no-proof" copyright law that cuts off your Internet on accusation

The previous government in New Zealand enacted an amendment to the Copyright Act that required ISPs to have a policy to disconnect users after repeated accusations of infringement, over the objections of technologists. While it's possible to have a policy that requires proof rather than accusation, APRA (the RIAA of New Zealand) strongly opposes any such attempts at reasonable interpretation of Section 92. The minor parties in the coalition government oppose the "three accusations and you're offline" section and want it repealed. This is the last week before that law is due to come into effect and the Creative Freedom Foundation, a group formed to represent artists and citizens who oppose the section, has a week of protest planned to convince the ruling National Party to repeal S92.

The first day's action was blacking out Twitter and Facebook avatars. I did it, as did Channel 3 Business News, a Creative Director at Saatchi and Saatchi, oh and Stephen Fry. Kudos to Juha Saarinen who first put out the call. This is building up to a full Internet blackout day on February 23rd. I'm delighted to say that the idea was formed at Kiwi Foo Camp, and the folks who were at Kiwi Foo have been running wild with it--building banners, releasing templates, spreading the word.

[Remixing the Web for Social Change] Copyright dogmatism ridiculously strikes the European Parliament

The European Parliament’s committee for legal affairs (JURI) voted the Medina report on Copyright last week. This report goes against its initial objective of responding to the Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Econnomy. This Green Paper implicitly acknowledged the failure of the 2001 copyright directive. It asked open questions on how to cope with it, suggesting various possible measures in the direction of reaffirming user rights. The Medina report only contains ridiculous repressive measures dictated by the entertainment industries, and goes as far as denying the Commission’s ongoing studies. Among its recommendations are “graduated response”, content filtering, Internet service providers liability, denial of copyright exception, etc. It will be up to the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to protect their electors by strongly rejecting this report.

[IpTegrity] 4 March set for Hadopi law in French Parliament

The French campaigning group, La Quadrature du Net, has produced a new analysis which heavily criticises the law. La Quadrature says the law is "ineffective, unworkable and is attempting to address the wrong problem ". It believes the law will not contribute any economic benefits.

[Publico] Az Európai Parlament elé kerül a Medina-riport

"Una respuesta ineficaz, inaplicable y peligrosa a un falso problema". Es el subtítulo de un informe contra la Ley Creación e Internet que, de ser aprobada en Francia, permitirá cortar la conexión a los que compartan archivos.

El colectivo La Quadrature du Net, en el que se agrupan abogados y tecnológos, ha publicado un estudio en el que carga contra el proyecto de ley, visto ya en el Senado galo y que irá a la Asamblea Nacional en abril. La crítica es triple: será jurídicamente inaplicable, ineficaz técnicamente y tendrá un impacto económico nulo o negativo. - Produkt-Piraterie: EU-Parlament gräbt Internetfilter aus

Der Rechtsausschuss der Europaparlaments macht einen neuen Anlauf zur Kontrolle des Internets: Filtersoftware soll helfen, legale von raubkopierten Dateien zu unterscheiden, Wiederholungstätern droht die Kappung ihrer Leitung.


Ende 2008 verabschiedete Frankreich ein Three-Strikes-Gesetz. Dort kann eine Behörde notorischen Rechtsbrechern den Internetzugang für drei bis zwölf Monate komplett sperren. Eine ähnliche Regelung wurde auch in Großbritannien diskutiert. Der zuständige Staatssekretär bezeichnete das Vorhaben jedoch Ende Januar als gescheitert.

[confrontoadsl] Risposta graduale: favorevoli, contrari e...organizzati

> Il governo inglese.
Il governo inglese, come già riportato in precedenza, che per bocca del ministro David Lammy ammetteva, in una dichiarazione riportata dal Times, l'impossibilità di attuare il progetto nella fase attuale.

> Il governo tedesco.
Secondo quanto riporta lo stesso Pcinpact, la ministra della giustizia tedesca Brigitte Zypries, riferendosi al progetto di legge francese ha dichiarato:

« Non penso che sia uno schema applicabile alla Germania o all'Europa stessa. Impedire l'accesso a internt mi sembra una sanzione completamente sproporzionata. Sarebbe molto problematico sia da un punto di vista costituzionale che politico. Sono sicura che appena le prime sconnessioni si produrranno in Francia, il clamore arriverà fino a Berlino». (Notizia originale ripresa da

Gli organizzati

La il dossier e il monitoraggio online.

Dichiaramente contro e tutt'altro che ufficiosa è la presa di posizione de , una associazione non governativa e senza fini di lucro che vigila sui progetti di legge che riguardano specificamente l'ambito digitale. Sul sito dell'associazione si trovano due cose utili:

> Un dossier che illustra gli svantaggi e le incongruenze relative al progetto Hadopi. Il fatto interessante è soprattutto che il dossier è ben argomentato e vi si trovano molte informazioni e risorse sul tema.

> Una finestra wiki chiamata "Mémoire Politique" il cui scopo è quello di monitorare le decisioni di voto degli europarlamentari sui progetti in corso...e non in ultimo contattarli direttamente.

[TorrentFreak] Italy to Follow French 3 Strikes Model for P2P

After high-level discussions on the piracy situation in 2008, the Italian government has announced the signing of an agreement which will see it collaborate with the French on the issue. Of concern to those sharing files online, Minister of Culture Sandro Bondi says Italy will follow the “French model”.

In 2003, Silvio Berlusconi’s government passed some of the most aggressive copyright laws in Europe, but ultimately the authorities didn’t give them the support demanded by the entertainment industries. Then in January 2007, Rome’s top criminal court announced that downloading films, music or software from the Internet should not be considered a crime if done for no profit, backing the likes of the IFPI and MPAA into a corner with fewer options.

Weg frei für Forderung nach Internetsperren

Die Präsidentenkonferenz des EU-Parlaments hat mit den Stimmen von Konservativen und Sozialisten am gestrigen Donnerstag beschlossen, dass der umstrittene Bericht von Manuel Medina Ortega zur "Harmonisierung des Urheberrechts" dem Plenum unverändert im März zur Abstimmung vorgelegt werden soll. Anders als üblich, sollen die Abgeordneten nun keine Änderungsanträge einbringen dürfen und nicht einmal Gelegenheit zur Aussprache erhalten. Der Report spricht sich gemäß der Fassung des federführenden Rechtsausschusses für den Aufbau eines Systems zur "abgestuften Erwiderung" auf Copyright-Verstöße bis hin zu Internetsperren ("3 Strikes") und den Einsatz netzseitiger Filter zur Unterscheidung "zwischen legalen und raubkopierten Produkten" im Internet aus. Zudem sollen Provider stärker mit Rechteinhabern kooperieren.

Empört zeigt sich Lichtenberger darüber, dass mit der Initiative "exakt jene Passagen" aus dem Paket zur Novellierung der Telekommunikationsregulierung wieder auf den Tisch kämen, die das Parlament mit großen Mehrheiten bei der ersten Lesung gestrichen oder geändert habe. "Statt Filterpflicht und Internet-Sperren brauchen wir aber die Einführung neuer, auf die Internet-Welt abgestimmter Rechtsmodelle für den Schutz der Urheberrechte unter Wahrung von Grundrechten wie Schutz der Privatsphäre und Datenschutz", betont die Grüne. Zugleich versicherte sie, dass ihre Fraktion nun alle Möglichkeiten ausschöpfen wolle, um eine Einbringung von Änderungsanträgen doch noch zu ermöglichen.

[ArsTechnica] Germany says "nein" to three-strikes infringement plan

While some countries are eager to implement a "three strikes" Internet piracy law, others are slowly backing away into the dugout. German lawmakers sat down privately with ISPs to talk about a proposed P2P policy that would take repeat filesharing offenders offline, but both sides have agreed that the policy's methods would be at odds with the country's privacy laws.

The three strikes concept, also known as "graduated response," was first seriously entertained by France in 2007. [...]

Germany, however, is moving in the other direction. [...]

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