Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Nov 2011 11:15 UTC
Legal While the US is still pondering SOPA, we just got some absolutely fantastic news out of Europe. The European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union, has just ruled that P2P filters installed by ISPs violate the European Directive on electronic commerce as well as fundamental rights [full ruling]. This is a hugely important ruling that effectively protects all member states of the European Union from ever being subjected to ISP filtering and spying.
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Freedom of business
by Berend de Boer on Thu 24th Nov 2011 20:23 UTC
Berend de Boer
Member since:
2005-10-19

Great to see that businesses are still allowed to offer the services they like in some cases, instead of being ordered by the state what to do.

Obviously in other cases this site advocated that governments must indeed order businesses what to do.

I suppose we're having a bit of a split personality here.

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RE: Freedom of business
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 24th Nov 2011 20:38 in reply to "Freedom of business"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

How many times do I have to explain to you that sometimes, government intervention is bad, and sometimes, it's good?

I don't live in a fantasy world. Sometimes, the same thing in different situations can yield different outcomes. The world isn't black and white, kiddo.

Edited 2011-11-24 20:38 UTC

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RE[2]: Freedom of business
by blitze on Fri 25th Nov 2011 07:25 in reply to "RE: Freedom of business"
blitze Member since:
2006-09-15

I think I stand with the German Constitutional Court on this one Thom, the Government is there to provide services and not to impair on the day to day decisions of it's citizens. It is when Governments seek to make decisions for us that restrict our liberties and freedoms be they for good or sinister intentions, Governments then become a problem.

Now we have most of the EU dancing to the tune of the "Markets" and I hope for the sake of the EU (a concept I like but not happy with it's current implementation), that it wakes up and realises the poor choice of music they are dancing too.

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RE[2]: Freedom of business
by MOS6510 on Fri 25th Nov 2011 09:39 in reply to "RE: Freedom of business"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I don't live in a fantasy world.


I would hardly call the world of Minecraft real.

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RE: Freedom of business
by Neolander on Fri 25th Nov 2011 11:50 in reply to "Freedom of business"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

...says the guy who, not so long ago, was all for censorship on the internet in the name of the same right to do business.

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