April 10, 2008 | Becky Hogge

European Parliament condemns "3 strikes" approach

This morning, the European Parliament has voted to condemn member state plans to disconnect suspected illicit filesharers from the internet. In a fairly narrow vote, MEPs adopted an amendment to the so-called Bono Report on the Cultural Industries, which

"Calls on the Commission and the Member States to recognise that the Internet is a vast platform for cultural expression, access to knowledge, and democratic participation in European creativity, bringing generations together through the information society; calls on the Commission and the Member States, therefore, to avoid adopting measures conflicting with civil liberties and human rights and with the principles of proportionality, effectiveness and dissuasiveness, such as the interruption of Internet access."

The report is not legally binding, but it does signifiy resistance among MEPs to measures currently being implemented in France to disconnect suspected illicit filesharers. This is especially relevant as France will take over the European presidency in July, and many fear that President Sarkozy would use the opportunity to push the so-called "Oliviennes" strategy Europe-wide.

The UK government will consult UK citizens on their plans to tackle illicit filesharing this Spring. We've already blogged about ORG's objections to UK proposals here. In short, and as the European Parliament have recognised today, they are disproportionate, they lack consumer safeguards and they won't stop illicit filesharing.


Comments (12)

  1. Lipator » Blog Archive » EU condemns plans to cut off P2P file sharers:
    May 07, 2008 at 02:56 PM

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  2. The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » Write to your MEP: say no to “3 strikes” through the backdoor:
    Jul 02, 2008 at 04:36 PM

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  3. European Parliament Condemns Plans To Disconnect File-Sharers at IDTorrent Blog:
    Apr 16, 2008 at 06:50 AM

    [...] to an Open Rights Group report, Members of the European Parliament have voted this morning to adopt an amendment to the Guy Bono [...]

  4. European Parliament Condemns Plans To Disconnect File-Sharers | TorrentFreak:
    Apr 10, 2008 at 01:54 PM

    [...] according to an Open Rights Group report, Members of the European Parliament have voted this morning to adopt an amendment to the Guy Bono [...]

  5. dave:
    Apr 11, 2008 at 02:30 PM

    I can't believe this have only gotten 6 comments. Please spread information about these reports. I do.

  6. Tom:
    Apr 11, 2008 at 05:43 PM

    Now on /. via Info world

    http://news.slashdot.org/news/08/04/11/0017234.shtml

  7. tinter:
    Apr 14, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Any idea when/where we can get the vote break down for this? Would be intresting to see which way the European blocks went, though I expect it is somewhat predictable.

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  9. Zwartbaard.nl » Blog Archive » European Parliament Condemns Plans To Disconnect File-Sharers:
    Apr 10, 2008 at 08:52 PM

    [...] to an Open Rights Group report, Members of the European Parliament have voted this morning to adopt an amendment to the Guy Bono [...]

  10. Europaparlamentet avvisar drakoniska straff för fildelare | Bloggtidningen:
    Apr 11, 2008 at 12:23 PM

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