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France has suggested an amendment to the pan-European Telecoms Package, which would bar broadband access to anyone who persists in illegally downloading music or films.
Last month, the government of Nicolas Sarkozy insisted on a similar "three-strikes-and-you're-out" scheme for France. Under a cross-industry agreement, ISPs would have to cut off access for up to a year for third-time offenders. Sarko believes "there is no reason that the internet should be a lawless zone".
OBJECTIVE: Contact your MEPs and their assistants before July 7th, the date of the vote in IMCO and ITRE committee, to inform them that the "Telecoms Package" amendements are dangerous for users' freedom and harmful to network neutrality
Example of a letter to send to your country MEPs (please translate in your own language and post it)
It has come to my attention that the reform of the “European law on electronic communications” (the so called “Telecoms Package”) will be debated in the European Parliament next week (7 July). These proposed changes to European telecommunications law will permit the monitoring and blocking of websites and peer-to-peer exchanges by ISPs, in a way that is currently not legally possible. These legal changes will also permit ISPs to sanction users by suspending or terminating Internet access. European Internet users could be blocked from lawful activities by mandatory spyware, in the interests of their "security". The right to use free software for internet access would therefore not be assured anymore. The neutrality of the Internet is also directly attacked, as is the principle that technical intermediaries have no obligation to prior surveillance of contents. Other amendments will de-facto enable administrative authorities to obligate ISPs to work with content producers and rights-holders’ private police, including the sending of intimidating messages, with no judicial or regulatory oversight.
The proposed copyright amendments will result in the loss of individual freedom and privacy on the Internet – in breach of fundamental principles of human rights law in Europe.
I am therefore asking you to drop or reject the amendments related to Intellectual Property Rights, which are completely unrelated to the Telecoms Package.