Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 16:58 UTC
Legal We have some very, very good news for Europeans (which happens to include myself): we have the European Parliament on our sides when it comes to battling ACTA. If you may recall, ACTA is basically an attempt by the US to impose upon the rest of the world draconian measures like three strikes laws and the DMCA. All parties within the European Parliament have together put forth a resolution that would effectively tackle ACTA.
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"First of all, it'd mean ISPs were forced to monitor all data going in or out and maintain insanely huge lists of illegal material; that is really freaking costly and as such would bar any start-ups from ever becoming successful.

No it would be quite easy. Repeat offenders would be reported to ISPs and they would lose service after being warned. It's that simple.

Um... repeat *offenders*, or those who are repeatedly alleged to be offenders? I'm in Australia, and thanks to the recent IINet court decision here, noone need care anymore about a mere allegation here - obviously if the police or a court is involved one must pay attention however.
(Given the tendencies of our current Information Minister, however, I reckon it's only a matter of time before legislation changes on that point)

I feel sorry for countries where the mere *suggestion* of unauthorized use of copyrighted materials (I'm not going to use "theft" ;) ) is enough to deny or withdraw service.

A three-strikes law would involve a warning system which means a strike could be appealed and this type of a scenario could be handled properly.

The problem is that the accuser and not the accused is assumed to be right. The burden of proof should be on the party making the allegation, not the end-user.

" Thirdly, Internet access is nowadays a must.

It isn't a right and there's always the public library. The only people that would have a problem with this are the ones who pirate media.
I love this argument.
"We should search everyone's home monthly. The only people who have a problem with this would be the ones doing things wrong!". Yeah. No thanks.

Edited 2010-03-09 23:05 UTC

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