European Parliament Rejects Proposal to Make ISPs Shut Off Suspected Pirates
The European Parliament on Thursday urged governments not to authorise shut-off of internet access in cases of suspected copyright piracy. The subject of the vote, an own-initiative report on promoting European cultural industries by French Socialist Parliament Member (MEP) Guy Bono, has stirred up a hornet’s nest of debate over the liability of internet service providers for online infringement.
Lawmakers clearly rejected graduated response as a solution to internet piracy, said Erik Josefsson, Electronic Frontier Foundation European affairs coordinator. Other solutions are in the pipeline, including voluntary licensing and new business models for remuneration of content owners, he said. There is a great deal of creativity everywhere but with the major rights-holders associations, Josefsson said.