[fyeg_gen-l] Fwd: [fcf_discussion] EU Commission Paves the Way for Privatized Net Censorship

Dante-Gabryell Monson dante.monson at gmail.com
Thu Jan 12 18:38:36 CET 2012


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From: La Quadrature du Net <jz at laquadrature.net>
Date: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM
Subject: [fcf_discussion] EU Commission Paves the Way for Privatized Net
Censorship
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Themes: EU, COPYRIGHT, COOPERATION, CENSORSHIP

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EU Commission Paves the Way for Privatized Net Censorship



*** Paris, January 12th, 2012 – In a milestone strategy document on
Internet policy, the EU Commission is getting ready to propose new
repressive policies. With the upcoming consent vote on the
anti-counterfeiting agreement ACTA and the revision of the “Intellectual
Property Rights” Directive (IPRED), the controversial censorship schemes
currently discussed in the United States will soon arrive in Europe. ***

On Wednesday, the EU Commission released a communication on the digital
single market covering most EU policies related to the Digital Agenda [1].
As this document suggests, the Commission is working on combating illegal
gambling websites, which could take the form of censorship measures such as
those implemented in France and other Member States [2]. Hypocritically,
and probably to please the banking industry, the Commission does not even
consider attacking illegal businesses' financial streams, which would be an
effective way to tackle them. Instead, the Commission paves the way to
censorship measures at the core of the network.

In the area of Copyright, the EU Commission sticks to the dangerous notion
of “illegal content”, which doesn't mean anything by itself, except that
the network will be programmed for enforcement. It is also pushing for
extra-judicial “cooperation” between Internet actors, payment providers and
entertainment industries, mirroring the very controversial Stop Online
Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), currently discussed in the
US Congress [3].

“In line with ACTA and SOPA in the US, the Commission wants to impose
privatized censorship schemes [4] where companies (ISPs, payment
processors) would directly ‘cooperate’ with the entertainment industry to
censor their services. The EU executive is ready to please a few industries
by putting the Internet under control. Citizens must remain watchful and
oppose any policy that pays no respect to the right to a fair trial or
freedom of expression.”, said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson of the
citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.





* References *

1. See
http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/e-commerce/communication_2012_en.htm
2. See the consultation on online gambling held last summer:
https://www.laquadrature.net/en/respond-to-the-eu-commissions-consultatio...
3. See page 13 of the communication: “Cooperation between stakeholders, in
particular internet providers, rights-holders and payment services, in the
European Union and the US, may also help to combat illegal content”.
4. Upon notification by the entertainment industries, search engines as
well as payment providers and advertisers would also be prevented from
providing services or contracting with targeted websites, without any
judicial decision. As pointed out by law scholar Yochai Benkler, SOPA and
PIPA would amount to legalizing the type of censorship techniques used by
the US against WikiLeaks, transposing into the civilian domain measures
that used to be reserved to counter-terrorism. See:
http://benkler.org/WikiLeaks_PROTECT-IP_Benkler.pdf







** About la Quadrature du Net **


La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that promotes the rights and
freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for
the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding
principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge.

In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better
understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and
pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage
citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the
digital age.

La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international
NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society
Institute and Privacy International.

List of supporting organisations:
https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net


** Press contact and press room **

Jérémie Zimmermann, jz at laquadrature.net, +33 (0)615 940 675

http://www.laquadrature.net/en/press-room




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