[sclug] Greens Hail Victory For Internet Users In Euro-Parliament - But Warn Online Rights Still Under Threat

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>From the office of South-East England?s Green MEP Caroline Lucas

05 November 2009

EU telecoms package


Green leader and MEP Caroline Lucas attacks Lord Mandelson?s ?draconian?
plans to disconnect filesharers

The European Parliament and the EU Council (representing national
governments) last night agreed on a compromise text regarding the protection
of internet users' rights in cases of alleged copyright infringement via
online file-sharing.

Green MEPs have been working closely with a member of the Pirate Party, who
also sits with the Greens/EFA Group in Parliament, to fight attempts to
introduce a ?three strike? rule for people who illegally download material.
The proposals, which Greens believe are ?excessive?, could see users?
internet connections being permanently disabled if they are found to be
downloading content illegally up to three times.

Lord Mandelson has been at the forefront of pushing this agenda in the UK
and is one of those challenging due process and freedom of expression rights
on the internet.

Greens/EFA MEP and UK Green Party leader Caroline Lucas commented:

"Last night?s agreement was a victory for the Greens/EFA Group and for the
thousands of citizens who have been campaigning to defend the rights of
internet users through blogging and correspondence with their elected

?The message from this EU legislation is clear: access to the internet is a
fundamental right and proper procedures must be followed when challenging
internet users on alleged copyright infringement. It is now up to national
governments to respect this.

?Lord Mandelson?s draconian anti-piracy measures, which mirror the French
?Hadopi? internet piracy bill, are excessive ? especially given the complex
dynamics behind filesharing. The European Parliament must continue to stand
up to the Council's blatant attempts to erode citizens' rights and deprive
people of an essential service.

?I am satisfied that we achieved the best possible legal protection we could
achieve at this stage. Once the Lisbon Treaty is ratified, the Parliament
will have co-legislative powers to defend net neutrality. Sadly, this is not
the end of the line when it comes to defending the rights of internet

Greens/EFA MEP Christian Engstr?m (Pirate Party, Sweden), commented:

?I particularly welcome the insistence on a ?prior fair and impartial
procedure?, which puts up a strong line of defence against the ?three
strike? Hadopi law in France and similar measures being pushed by Lord
Mandelson in the UK.

?While I welcome that the European Parliament stood firm on cutting an
internet connection only under strict rules, I must stress that it is wrong
for governments to cut people off from the internet at all."


Notes to Editors

(1) The compromise text - as part of the telecoms package as a whole - will
go to the European Parliament for a plenary vote on a date to be fixed
between 23-26 November in Strasbourg.

For more information on the work of Dr Lucas MEP, please contact Melissa
Freeman on 0207 407 9935 / 07950 382149 or carolinepress at greenmeps.org.uk


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