EU embraces "Internet Freedom"

The EU took a big step forward last night and approved a measure to ensure "internet freedom" would remain and that individuals would not have their internet cutoff unjustly.

The Internet freedom provision, which was part of a massive telecommunications package, was approved late last night after France determined that its own HADOPI law assumed guilt rather than innocence.

The passage still allows for countries to adopt a three strike policy but "must presume innocence, guard privacy, and allow for judicial appeal". This differs from previous policies that gave EU governments the full ability to cut off ones internet with little chance for appeal. The provision states that all countries must assume innocence until proven guilty rather than guilty until proven innocent.

The passage is key to keeping the internet fair and open, while those who do not pirate will be safe guarded but for those who do, they can still be brought to justice.

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...and this also differs from previous policies that said court order is needed to cut-off users from the Internet. So this whole paragraph is pure propaganda for me.

Governments hate freedom. And yes, that includes the US government.

The only "freedom" the US spreads is the freedom of US corporations to plunder the rest of the world.

Eropean Union is a joke, this is a little off topic, but none the less, still a joke, Croatia was a decomcratic society before all surrounding nations around it. Yet they are still denied access into the European Union, Solvenija, Srbija, and such surround countries still fight to keep out Croatia. What a joke... I don't support anything the European Union says or does, they've setback democracy 20 years with there idealistic bull****.

European Union has about as much precedent at NATO (North American Terrorist Organization).

yeah, right... internet freedom; prime minister of poland, donald tusk after meeting with president n. sarkozy wants to create blacklist of dangerous sites... oh, and thers ACTA meeting in south korea.

so yes, we can talk about internet freedom buahaha...

YOU KNOW WHAT THE SOLUTION TO PIRACY IS ITS SIMPLE

1. SELL YOUR SOFTWARE AT A REASONABLE PRICE
2. HAVE FULL FEATURED TRIALS SO PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY TRY OUT THE SOFTWARE
3. GET RID OF ALL THIS LEGAL CRAP

problem solved

Master1 said,
YOU KNOW WHAT THE SOLUTION TO PIRACY IS ITS SIMPLE

1. SELL YOUR SOFTWARE AT A REASONABLE PRICE
2. HAVE FULL FEATURED TRIALS SO PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY TRY OUT THE SOFTWARE
3. GET RID OF ALL THIS LEGAL CRAP

problem solved :)

PC Games have tried this for years and still failed. People who want free stuff will simply pirate, there's no point in trying to win them over.

The provision states that all countries must assume innocence until proven guilty rather than guilty until proven innocent.

That's the way it should be as long as pirates are still subject to a 3-strike rule.

This agreement originally stated that the 'three strikes' policy was illegal and no-one can be cut of the internet. However, alot of countrys said no to it.. so they changed the wording which still allows the 3 strikes policy to go ahead. It also only states that there needs to be an impartial process to get your internet cut off.. however, there are no restrictions on that process... It could just be a man in an office saying "yes to everyone suspected".

wtf?? it's all over the news that EU governments can cut off somebody's internet without a court order now. Well, wording it correctly, the EU is not against governments changing the laws so that a government agency rather than a court order can be used to cut off people's internet.

It's all this nonsense lately which is why we should all vote for the Pirate Party. At least they will fight for our rights rather than these old politicians who seem to have only corporations interests at heart.

Good for the EU to do something worthwhile as well, rather than this browser ballot joke

DomZ said,
It's all this nonsense lately which is why we should all vote for the Pirate Party. At least they will fight for our rights rather than these old politicians who seem to have only corporations interests at heart.

Good for the EU to do something worthwhile as well, rather than this browser ballot joke

browser ballot was microsoft's idea

French laws are always guilty till you prove being innocent.

Britian has the innocent to proven guilty.

This will end up becoming a spying mission.

If the E.U. want to improve the net, how about they bring in a law that everyone can have a minimum access (download) speed of 5 mb-1.

leesmithg said,
If the E.U. want to improve the net, how about they bring in a law that everyone can have a minimum access (download) speed of 5 mb-1.
And who's going to subsidise this? Many regions in countries in the EU have locations that have challenging from a geographical point of view. North of Scotland, Alpine regions of Switzerland, Italy and Austria, many an island that lie between the Black Sea and Cyprus to name but a few. I don't think incentives through tax breaks for telcos will be enough.

Tom W said,
Hopefully the UK government doesn't adopt the 3 strike policy either!
They wouldn't have been able to if an agreement was made to make access to the Internet a fundamental right, like a certain Scandinavian country did just recently. Alas, having access to Internet is not a fundamental right because apparently it was done "to win agreement on new telecoms competition laws".

This is good (ish) news but I bet the UK Government still gets their way around it... they seem to be able to opt-out of other stuff.

andrew_f said,
Yes, but we shouldn't be able to opt-out. It's ridiculous - it's like Kent asking to opt-out of UK laws.

Very True, It's always been one rule for us (The UK) and one rule for the rest of Europe, just because our Government like to opt out of things. IT should be stopped. The UK government act so 'for' the EU but then like to do what the H*** they like.

Don't worry the UK will alienate its self so much in the next decade it will become more and more irrelevant in European politics. Lets face it, we were pretty ****ing close to becoming Iceland in this financial crisis. Nothing is changing in The City and the next one will take the UK economy out completely.

Having burnt bridges with the rest of the EU i cant see many countries willing to bail us out when we are not able to anymore ourselves.

Of course that's not much help if you are British, just make sure you have somewhere to escape to