European Parliament objects to plans to kick pirates off the Internet

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The [toothless] European Parliament doesn’t like the idea of disconnecting pirates from the Internet. Such proposals have been drawn up by the French and British, and MPs have officially voiced their opposition. The relevant amendment to the Guy Bono Report, which has the support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in the verbiage of European politics

calls on the Commission and the Member States to recognize that the Internet is a vast platform for cultural expression, access to knowledge, and democratic participation in European creativity, bringing generations together through the information society; calls on the Commission and the Member States, therefore, to avoid adopting measures conflicting with civil liberties and human rights and with the principles of proportionality, effectiveness and dissuasiveness, such as the interruption of Internet access.

Or, in English, not to ban folks from the Internet because of a couple of “pirated” songs since it’s a vital weapon in the arsenal of democracy. Something to that effect.

Let it be known that no US ISP has proposed banning people from the Internet yet. We’ll have lots of fun when/if that happens.