January 22, 2008 | By Danny O'Brien

Filtering and Copyright Extension Fail to Find a Home in EU

The EU's CULT committee voted on the final form of its report on the Cultural Industries in Europe earlier today, and chose to listen to their constituents, not the music industry's lobbyists. Amendments proposing ISP filtering and blocking, as well as a last-minute request for an EU directive extending copyright terms, were all either voted down or withdrawn by their proposers.

It's not quite over - the report still has to be voted in a plenary meeting of the Parliament, where there could be a final attempt to introduce yet more loaded language into the document. But thanks to the many EU citizens who called and emailed their representatives, many more politicians across Europe now understand that these "feasible and reasonable" proposals, as IFPI called ISP spying in its lobbying documents, are nothing of the sort. As ever, the more who hear from you, the better the chances for sensible IP policies in every part of the world.


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