IPIntegrity reports that the EU’s “trialogues” – debates between the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commision are putting the future of the internet at risk: political dealmaking (and the power of the British and the French) risk undermining the current legislation.
Take a look at some of the proposed changes (excerpted from Monica Horten of IPIntegrity):
Framework directive Article 8
Under the European Parliament deal is this text stays in
European Parliament Art. 8.4 (fa) applying the principle that end-users
should be able to access and distribute
any lawful content and use any lawful
applications and/or services of their
if it agrees to this text:
Council:Art. 8.2 (b) ensuring that there is no distortion
or restriction of competition in the
electronic communications sector, with
particular attention to the provision of
instead of this text:
(b) ensuring that there is no
distortion or restriction of competition
in the electronic communications sector,
in particular for the delivery of and
access to content and services across all
The alternative is you get this text: ( which removes users right to distribute information – a fundamental right under EU law).
Council Art 8.4 (g) applying the principle that endusers
should be able to access and
distribute information or run
applications and services of their choice.
I just delivered a paper in which I argued that the EU treatment of net neutrality was not *too* bad, Not encouraging news for those interested in a free and open net.