Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Jun 2011 19:52 UTC
Internet & Networking Since it's weekend, let's start with some good news we can all be happy about. The United Nations has declared internet access a human right, and has called upon all nations to not instate any laws that have the power to cut people off the internet, with France and the UK being singled out because they passed three strikes laws.
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RE[4]: France law
by Neolander on Sun 5th Jun 2011 09:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: France law"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

I don't say that people shouldn't be punished for breaking copyright law, I say that removing internet access is an excessive punishment that should be anti-constitutional if it's not already.

Nowadays the internet is used for much more than sharing files. It is one of the main communication medium of our age, so it is certainly something that should be protected by freedom of speech and freedom of press.

Removing someone's right to access the internet because he has published illegal material on it is IMO just as disproportionate as removing someone's freedom of press because he has published hateful racist or homophobic content in his journal. The person should certainly pay a fine, maybe go to jail, but certainly not lose his/her ability to publish something because he/she has publicly expressed questionable opinions.

Edited 2011-06-05 09:43 UTC

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