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Internet piracy battle holds up EU telecoms bill - EUobserver

UOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The battle between internet pirates and copyright holders shifted to Strasbourg this week, with a move that threatens to hold up a major European Union telecoms bill and unravel France's flagship legislation on cutting off internet access for illegal downloaders.

MEPs in the European Parliament's industry committee on Tuesday (21 April) passed an amendment to the telecoms bill requiring that internet cut-offs can only be put in place after a decision by judicial authorities.

Internet piracy is turning into a key issue for young voters ahead of the June elections

The bill itself is a much broader legislative initiative that aims to substantially reform the European telecoms sector, focusing on infrastructure rather than content, with both parliament and EU member states largely in agreement on the package.

But last September, MEPs overwhelmingly backed a similar amendment that intended to put a stop to France's "three strikes law," under which copyright scofflaws would see their internet stopped for up to a year.

by Fran on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 02:01:44 PM EST
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And what's up with net neutrality?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 03:02:57 AM EST
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AP via OregonLive.com: Pirate Bay lawyer demands retrial (4/23/2009)

A defense lawyer in the Pirate Bay file-sharing case says he will demand a retrial after media reports that the judge was a member of a copyright protection organization.

Four men behind the notorious Web site were convicted of helping others commit copyright violations and were given one-year prison sentences last week.

Swedish Radio reported Thursday that Judge Tomas Norstrom is a member of a Swedish copyright group and that two people who represented the entertainment industry during the trial also are members of the organization.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 05:25:50 AM EST
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