Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A Victory For The Internet

I never ever thought I would say this, but way to go EU! The EU (European Union) has ruled that a web piracy filter would infringe upon peoples rights, potentially block legal content, and breaks something called the "E-Commerce Directive".


About seven years ago, some rights holders complained, and at the time, were awarded with an injunction that said that an ISP called Scarlet had to filter content so that their content was not pirated. At that time the ISP complained that this injunction was against EU law, and now, the EU has finally agreed. 


"Such an injunction could potentially undermine freedom of information since that system might not distinguish adequately between unlawful content and lawful content with the result that its introduction could lead to the blocking of lawful communications," the court said in a statement.


Right now in the UK, BT and TalkTalk (two of our ISP's, BT is mine as I've mentioned before) are currently in a fight themselves against the Digital Economy Act, which also lays out laws for fighting piracy. While the two cases are similar, the head of TalkTalks's regulatory affairs says that while this old case is relevant, the two are not directly linked. So I guess they won't be citing precedent. 


Either way though, this is a huge victory for internet freedom. I still have no idea how that piece of crap in America is going, all I can say is stop censorship now, and quote Zach Weiner. It works two ways, while the government may say that if we're doing nothing wrong, we have nothing to fear from government censorship, if THEY are doing nothing wrong, they have nothing to fear from free speech.






As per usual I got this from BBC News and the full article is here :http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15871961

41 comments:

  1. This just goes to show how unaware I am of what's going on in the world around me - I didn't even know there was a problem lol!

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  2. The closing comments say it all, good to hear.

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  3. @Hazel I wasn't totally aware either lol, but it would have been pretty bad to turn on your internet one day just to find out that it had been censored while you weren't looking.

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  4. @The Angry Lurker It's sad they weren't mine, but they're still good, and it doesn't take away from how true they are.

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  5. This is what we're fighting in Australia (we = Pirate Party Australia). Good to see some common sense from the Europeans!

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  6. That is great and all, but every time I read news posts from Torrent Freak, it seems to get worse and worse, sliding towards prevention or stopping free speech and censorship.

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  7. @Experimental House I don't think we should be fighting for the right to pirate, just an uncensored internet lol. But I could have got your point wrong, either way though I wish you the best of luck. I heard Aus was pretty shitty for this kind of thing, and have retarded internet laws.

    @R.gers Everyone is afraid of a dystopian future, and I think if it somehow happened, we have enough people that would fight it, that would refuse to give in. Though we still have too many that wouldn't.

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  8. We fight on a broad range of issues, and strongly support no-censorship, R18+ classification for video games and protection of freedom of speech =D

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  9. @Experimental House Then I can get totally behind you, best of luck guys, keep fighting the good fight!

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  10. so this problem exist? lol, yeah. couldn't agree more on "internet freedom" ^_^

    I would like to apologize for not being as active as the usual :( everyday I miss everyone in the blogsphere T_T

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  11. @Mai Yang It sadly does, and I agree with you too. It's nice to see it's slightly less of a problem.

    It's okay that you aren't active, I miss you too. Hope you're having fun.

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  12. Oh bravo, EU!

    As far as I know, the Stop Online Piracy Act has been stalled in the House, while the Protect IP Act (it's counterpart) is coming up for a vote in the Senate this week. I just added my name to a list of people's that will be read during a filibuster by one of our supporting Senators!

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  13. @Henry Bravo indeed! Thanks for the update on what's going down in Senatetown (any other pun I could come up with sounded insulting.)

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  14. settlers flee Europe to enjoy more freedoms in America. Flash forward a few centuries. American's flee to Europe to enjoy the internet!

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  15. @MRnathrope God bless the land of the free, by which I mean Europe. Man I really never thought I'd say that. Or at least mean it as much as I did. Not much, but still some.

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  16. I live in the EU why has this not reached my ears yet.
    But all I can say is "hurray" and pass out rad cakes like cigars, I guess.

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  17. @Fang I got lucky and spotted it on the BBC News website. For some reason people seem to regard internet censorship as small time news. I want me some rad cakes though. knthnx.

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    1. LOL I was bored.
      but couldn't this have been because the media, who is connected in a way to the government, is trying to suppress all this information? As far as I know, not one news channel/newspaper down here has talked about the internet censorship laws. AT ALL.

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    2. To be honest I wouldn't be that surprised if it was the case. They've been known to cut things out before and not mention things.

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  18. From an ad perspective, piracy has helped vault singers and authors to stardom. Free sampling of goods works in some cases. So there are gray areas with these acts.

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  19. @Copyboy I have something slightly related to that on a later post, and it's a good point.

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  20. If goverments weren't corrupt they'd have total transparence in their actions!

    Also gotta say I love MRanthropes comment!

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  21. @Bersercules There's room for both of you here lol. I think government transparency would be good, but that's beyond even a dream lol.

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  22. Sadly the fight to keep the internet the way it is will be tough. Way to go for the EU though.

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  23. ^I agree with Adam. Its going to be tough, but its looking good so far

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  24. Feels good to live in Mexico. I can do and download whatever I want and nothing happens. ;)

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  25. @Adam and Kid Shuffle It's a tough one, but it's one worth fighting all the way for.

    @My 2 Pesos If anything does you can always jump the border :P Or is it only a one way system?

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  26. yea the US is going through a bill like this one god I really hope it doesn't pass!

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  27. @Lizardmannnn Even non-US citizens are.

    @Interwebs Fails Well now you do, so be happy about that:)

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  28. Both freedom of speech and freedom of the Internet are ongoing battles...

    (thanks for the visit)

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  29. Wow... one of those times where I'm happy to be a Canadian. xD

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  30. I wish America would do something like this.

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  31. @Beth they will probably last forever, as long as censorship doesn't win though I'll be contentish. Thank you for the view back, hope you enjoyed your stay.

    @Jodie-Ann The problem is that if America gets a huge filter like the one they're currently considering, then other places will be more open to having it. America really cannot let that bill of theirs pass. Canada could be next.

    @Heaven Feels odd to say huh?

    @Generally Disgruntled So does everyone. Hopefully they will eventually.

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  32. The thing in America is not going well from what I'm seeing. If it passes, Canada is pretty much screwed over as well from the looks of things. :\

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  33. I really agree with that last image. That's fantastic.

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  34. Good for you guys across the pond.

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  35. @DWei Hopefully by not well you mean "Not likely to pass". If it passes, EVERYWHERE is screwed. America might hold less influence than it thinks now, but it still holds a lot.

    @Aki I love it too lol, and it's very true.

    @Shaw It is good for us, I really hope America's thing doesn't pass.

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  36. So true. I feel very strongly about this issue, because Star Trek got it wrong...the Internet is the final frontier. We have to protect it, or else we sacrifice all of our rights. I'm glad the EU ruled in favor of protecting the rights of individuals. That comic speaks truth - I'm posting it to my Facebook now.

    ~Shane

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