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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Ireland Called to Make Internet a Fundamental Right

Ireland Called to Make Internet a Fundamental Right

Ireland Called to Make Internet a Fundamental Right

Added: Friday, April 22nd, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Ireland has called to make the Internet a human right under the law. This move originated from a decision taken last week by one of highest-ranking judges within Europe. The ruling was against Internet service providers using web censoring technology.

Advocate General to the European Court of Justice, Pedro Cruz Villalón, handed down a decision against a ruling demanding Belgian broadband provider to filter out copyright-infringing material from its network. The decision coincided with the New Zealand government pushing through a new copyright legislation supposed to punish copyright theft. This meant that judges could rule against ISP and telecoms operators, demanding them to censor their networks.

Actually, Ireland nearly joined the trend in recent months as it turned out Statutory Instruments were being tabled and could have been signed by the present government. ALTO, the outfit representing licensed telecoms operators in the country, greeted the decision of the Advocate General and called to make access to the Internet a fundamental right under the law. The representative of the organization claimed that this opinion is very encouraging and said they are looking forward to the final decision from the European Court of Justice on the issue. ALTO believes that the outgoing administration in New Zealand was wrong when pushing through a pro-copyright legislation in its dying days, as it indicates a massive democratic deficit. As for the Irish outfit, it is sure that the “three-strikes” legislation and private censoring deals violate the basic rights of Internet users. Their opinion was supported by Europe's most senior jurist.

Meanwhile, the ALTO's boss Ronan Lupton announced that the organization still respects the rights of copyright owners, but still points out that communications companies can’t be held liable just because copyright owners have failed to move with the times and change their own business models. He also claimed that Internet access has now become a basic right enshrined in European law, so the new legislation is scheduled to be enforced into law in the end of May. Ronan Lupton noted that the balance may be struck via collaborative engagement instead of expensive and useless litigation.

April 22nd,2011

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Date:  Friday, April 22nd, 2011

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posted by (2011-04-24 23:47:41)
Biggest_Baddest_Wolf avatarAhhhhh internet and copyrights.
It all seems so mundane and simple, until your brain fries because (1) Youtube blocks YOUR original content because they can't verify it's copyright status with (2) a huge money-grabbing recording company, and when you send the tubers the message that they can't verify it with that company because that company doesn't own the copyrights to -your- material, you suddenly get a scared letter from (3) your ISP urging you to cease trying to spread your original song because they are getting that large company's overpaid lawyers after them.
That's a very dumbed-down version of something that I had happen to me some years ago when trying to post a clip from a band that I was the sound-guy for... the song that I had wanted to post was written by me, but apparently copyright protection meant that Youtube sends a message to Warner whenever someone tried to post anything not owned by Warner so Warner could send the boys... maybe in the future those big corporations will finally get shut down due to tax fraude, and their big-wigs catch a case of syfillis... after all, it worked for Capone.

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