Session: Who wants to restrict the Internet and how?

The EU Telecoms Package and 3-strikes.

Copyright enforcement measures to address the Internet have many implications for users. It’s not just about cutting people off, such as the so-called “3-strikes”. Depending on how the measures are constructed, they could means other kinds of restrictions on the Internet as well.

In Europe, Members of the European Parliament in Brussels and many European citizens, were taken by surprise when amendments enabling “3-strikes” mysteriously found their way into a review of telecoms law. The review, known as the Telecoms Package, went into EU law at the end of 2009. The question for Internet users is whether the Telecoms Package will prevent or permit 3-strikes. And what else will it allow? What is the relationship between copyright and the Internet? This presentation will discuss these questions, drawing on my PhD research.