Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Apr 2011 21:41 UTC
Internet & Networking A major win has been scored in Europe against the content industry and several governments who are trying to impose censorship on the internet through ISPs. The European Court of Justice, the highest court in Europe, gave a preliminary opinion which states that no ISP can be forced to filter the internet, especially not enforce copyright.
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RE: "imposed upon ISPs by courts"
by Soulbender on Thu 14th Apr 2011 22:36 UTC in reply to ""imposed upon ISPs by courts""
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

so-called democratic countries outside of Europe.


Since those would be outside of Europe the European Court of Justice have no jurisdiction there.

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mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

Since those would be outside of Europe the European Court of Justice have no jurisdiction there.


Wow, who'd have thought What it would do is add credence to the arguments by those opposing the filters / have them dismantled in countries where they've been legislated. And if they don't outlaw them in Europe you can bet it won't be long before they're imposed.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Europe can't outlaw filtering in countries outside europe, obviously, so what would be the point? We cant make laws for other countries and saying "we have decided that doing what you're doing in your country is unlawful". It's like, say, Sweden would decide to outlaw filtering in the U.S. It's pointless and arrogant.
As I understand it this new "directive" (or whatever) would also apply to government forced filtering.
Now, officially condemning something that is happening somewhere else is an entirely different matter.

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