European ISPs to become traffic cops?

Legislation is currently being prepared for the EU, which will change the relationship between ISPs and content.  At the moment ISPs have “mere conduit” status which means that they are not responsible for what their customers actually do with content.   New legislation will turn that around and effectively make ISPs copyright cops. The intention being to regulate peer-to-peer downloading and downloading copyrighted content from sites such as You Tube.

The legislation presents not only a threat to our freedoms on the internet but opens the possibility for all kinds of censorship to be undertaken.

The attached paper is a draft briefing written by Monica Horten of the University of Westminster, Communications and Media Research Institute.    It’s very clear and very important for our scenarios.

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