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Internet Trials

The policy debate doesn't always happen within the official policy fora such as  European Commission consultations, or European Parliament committees. Especially when it comes to the Internet and online content. Certain interest groups are trying to deal with it in other venues, such as  court cases against Internet companies. This section looks at instances of legal action against Internet services by private interest groups, or actions by Member States who are implementing laws and initiatives that stand to block the free Internet.

If you like the articles in this section and you are interested in Internet policy-making in the EU, you may like my books A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms and The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the ‘Telecoms Package’

The Allostreaming case…

 A lesser-known provision in the French Hadopi law has been used by a Paris court to order de-indexing of websites by search engines. The order also calls for the blocking of sites by ISPs, where the domains concerned belong to a group known as ‘Allosteaming’. However, whilst the rights-holders are claiming an amazing victory, it is not quite so – due to the way the costs have been ordered.

Read more: Hadopi law used to order search engine de-indexing

The  Premier League, which comprises the  UK’s wealthiest  football clubs,  obtained a high court order last month blocking a Swedish website that streams football games. Since the block was  put in place, media reports have suggested that it  additionally knocked out access to websites such as the Radio Times,  which were not subject to the court order. The ISPs wipe their hands of any blame. But case law from the European Court of Human Rights suggests that these instances are violations of free speech rights.

Read more: Premier League web block - a strike against free speech rights?

The Pirate Bay founders have lost their appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which handed down  its decision on their case this week. The ECHR  has upheld the Swedish  judgement on  the bit-torrent  file-sharing site – a judgement  that imposes a  prison sentence and a massive damages claim, on the basis of secondary liability for copyright infringement. What’s interesting is how the ECHR  views the balance of copyright versus fundamental rights.

Read more: European Court Pirate Bay ruling – what rights are balanced?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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