[A2k] Make Your Voice Heard Against a "Clean Internet"
La Quadrature du Net
jz at laquadrature.net
Tue Sep 4 06:45:48 PDT 2012
Themes: INTERNET, EC, EUROPEAN COMMISSION, CONSULTATION, E-COMMERCE, COPYRIGHT
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Permanent link: http://www.laquadrature.net/en/make-your-voice-heard-against-a-clean-internet
Make Your Voice Heard Against a "Clean Internet"
*** Paris, Sept. 4th 2012 - The European Commission is holding a consultation  -ending on the 5th of September- about "A clean and open Internet". Citizen input is critically needed to ensure that freedom of expression is protected, against the attempts of many lobbies to impose draconian repressive procedures to censor online content. ***
Behind this worrying vocable is a biased (and boring) online questionnaire aiming at collecting opinions about the application of the "online service" directive . In particular, the consultation relates to the procedure that hosting and other service providers should follow for preventing access to online content. This "notice and takedown" procedure is regularly abused , especially by the copyright industries who would like to see it extended as a "notice and staydown", in which operators would have to take radical or preventive measures (like blocking of access to content, preventive filtering of communications, etc.), with a tremendous impact on freedom of communication online. An extension of this procedure would mean that such measures could be deployed for a wide range of scenarios (copyright infingement, defamation, slander, etc.) and will lead to the generalisation of privatized monitoring and restriction of online communications, such as pushed by ACTA .
Citizens and independant hosting and service providers must answer this consultation to ensure that freedom of communication online will be protected. La Quadrature du Net invites them to answer the EU Commission in order to affirm that:
* In political regimes abiding by the Rule of Law, only a judicial judge shall be able to determine an infraction and order sanctions with an impact on freedom of communication
* The "notice and action" procedure must be specified and framed so it will only be used in some marginal cases
* Users must always have the ability to "counter-notice" in order to claim their freedom of communication, and that ultimately a judicial judge has to decide whether their content is infringing.
* Companies and individuals abusing the "notice and takedown" procedure must be exposed and punished.
La Quadrature du Net provides for this purpose a web-dossier on the "Online Service" directive, its own response  to the consultation as well as an outline of the procedure  it recommends.
Submit your own response to the "Clean Internet" consultation: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/consultations/2012/clean-and-open-internet_en.htm
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** About la Quadrature du Net **
La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that defends the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge.
In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the digital age.
La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society Institute and Privacy International.
List of supporting organisations: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net
** Press contact and press room **
Jérémie Zimmermann, jz at laquadrature.net, +33 (0)615 940 675
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