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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.

Read the full story here.

  • 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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  • dkArchon
    ^ *Sigh*
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  • Platypus
    Jane McEntegartentitling users in all 27 EU states to be put through a "fair and impartial procedure" before being disconnectedI 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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  • Honis
    Glad to see some elected officials can't be bought (EU representatives are elected right? I'm unfamiliar with how a Union of countries rule over sovereign states.)
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  • Manos
    What I would do if that was the case I will tell them that ill make sure that me and my buds actually change provider. I know for a fact they wouldnt wanna lose me from being a paying costumer for a while now. Plus ask them for something in return while i break my contract for inconinience when I asked to be wit my provider and was a month or 2 delay and sue them for it too :) I know I had to tell the head in there the fuck off to get my connection going back in the days.
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  • 7amood
    are they going to aim at high bandwidth users with lotsa downloads and uploads?? if so, I prefer to be capped then risk being caught and then disconnected.

    oh how I miss the old days of internet freedom
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  • redgarl
    Is it a good news, or a bad news... I am confused...
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  • evolve60
    hold up here, the EU tries to stop P2P sharing, now its trying to protect it? wtf?
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