April 21, 2009

I Don’t Know [3:31 pm]

I have been overwhelmed, so this is all new to me, so I can’t do much more than post this bit: EU states, lawmakers on Internet collision course (pdf)

The battle over copyright abuse has emerged as a final sticking point between EU states and the European Parliament, which have joint say. The issue was not part of Redings reform, which covers infrastructure rather than content.

To help crack down on illegal downloading or sharing of copyright material, the two sides agree that an Internet service provider should be able to cut a subscribers access if there is approval from “a competent legal authority.”

EU member state ambassadors endorsed this at a meeting on Tuesday but said the provision must be in the “recital,” or guidelines preceding the body of the telecoms law, an EU official said.

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