EU: Net access is a human right

Here’s what Guy Bono, French socialist and member of the European Parliament for the south-east of France, has to say about the music and movie industry pressuring governments to shut off internet access for people who are “illegally” downloading copyrighted materials.

Guy Bono says:

The repressive measures are measures dictated by industries that have been unable to change their business models to meet the needs imposed by the information society. Switching off internet access is a powerful sanction which could have profound repercussions in a society where access to the internet is a mandatory law for social inclusion.

Well said, sir. The EU Parliament has just voted in favor of Bono’s bill which asks individual countries to “avoid adopting measures conflicting with civil liberties and human rights… such as the interruption of internet access”. (Source: Mashable)

One thought on “EU: Net access is a human right”

  1. Repressive? Copyright infringement is against the law. If you don’t break the law, no problem. Simple, yes?

    If you use your car to commit a crime the cops will impound it. If you break any number of laws your ‘civil liberties’ will be taken from you – you go to jail. Basic rule of law. Why do copyright infringers think they are the exception?

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