EU to Offer Fileshares More Protection From ISPs

The BBC reports the new package entitling users in all 27 EU states to be put through a "fair and impartial procedure" before being disconnected for filesharing is a compromise following all night negotiations. Some members of the European Parliament reportedly felt that no one should be cut off until after they had been prosecuted for illegal downloading in a court of law.

Monique Goyens, the director general of BEUC, the European Consumers' Organisation, said it had been a hard fight but she is glad of the outcome. "It has been long hard battle but at least all sides have acknowledged that fundamental rights of users need to be guaranteed in the digital world."

The news follows the passing of a "three strikes" law in France earlier this year. The law gives internet users three chances before disconnecting them. First time offenders are sent a warning via email. They are then sent a letter in the post if they continue to download illegally. Finally, if they are caught a third time, their ISP will disconnect them.

The European Parliament is expected to vote on the package at the end of this month.

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  • Platypus
    Jane McEntegartentitling users in all 27 EU states to be put through a "fair and impartial procedure" before being disconnected
    I wonder if it will be more "fair and impartial" than what the Pirate Bay received. I won't advocate TPB's actions, but to have the judge so closely connected with anti-piracy groups seemed rather unfair.
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  • blackbyron
    WOW just wow.
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  • asjflask
    The news follows the passing of a "three strikes" law in France earlier this year. The law gives internet users
    three chances before disconnecting them. First time offenders are sent a warning via email. They are then sent a later in the post if they continue to download illegally. Finally, if they are caught a third time, their ISP will disconnect them.

    Error in bold.
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  • ricardok
    Jane McEntegartThey are then sent a later in the post...
    Later???
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