The first reading of the so-called Telecoms Package will take place this Wednesday at 11h30am in the European Parliament. The main problem with the directive is the following: Originally the initiative aimed at regulating the market of telecommunication companies but, due to some intense lobbying by some big media companies, it now also contains proposals regarding some very controversial copyright issues. Le laquadrature du Net has a good summary of all developments surrounding this initiative. The following amendments contain some problematic provisions such as:
- Some amendments could allow Member States to create “graduated responses” against unauthorized file sharing, which would have many harmful consequences for civil liberties
- The notion of “lawful content” is a threat for civil liberties and the socio-economic development of the Internet.
- Amendment 34, if voted, can allow to harm privacy in the name of unauthorized file sharing.
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