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Member States

European Union Member States are all considering policy options for the Internet and for copyright enforcement online. This section of Iptegrity.com discusses Internet policy initiatives in the EU Member States, with the exception of France and Britain which are discussed in individual sections of the site.

If you like the articles in this section and you are interested in how policy for Internet, copyright, and net neutrality is made in the EU Member States, 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’

If you are interested in EU policy on Internet governance,   you may like my book The Closing of the Net .

Will Germany cut off Internet users without a court ruling?

A German MP is in a hurry to make his name by tabling a copyright enforcment law before Christmas. The law will be a variant on the graduated response – 3-strikes – model, where Internet users are sent warnings  after which their Internet access will be cut off. Only it is missing the second ‘strike’ so German activists are calling it a 2-strikes law.  The proposal is that

Read more: German MP wants 2 strikes before Xmas

What is the real objective of this proposed Italian copyright enforcement law? Is there a hidden attack on the E-commerce directive?

 A proposed new law in Italy threatens to reverse the E-commerce directive and ask  ISPs to  filter all content for copyright enforcement purposes. Without any subtelty at all, the proposed law attacks all  the core principles of the Internet, not to mention freedom of expression and other fundamental rights such as privacy and due process. Its structure is very simple, but in terms of its content, it contains the entire basket of measures which the rights-holders are asking for all around Europe and in Brussels.

Read more: Italy tables ‘basket case’ anti-download law

For 15 years the United States has been pressing the Italian government for tougher IPR enforcement measures. Eye-opening  revelations  in a new batch of leaked US diplomatic cables from Wikileaks describe how the American government, via its embassy in Rome, attempted to manipulate Italian domestic policy for intellectual property and copyright. Not only did they work with the Italian copyright industries, but their political tentacles even stetched into  the judicial system .

Read more: The Italian job - USG sensitised the magistrates

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Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten. She is a policy analyst specialising in Internet governance & European policy, including platform accountability. She is a published author & Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science. She served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe Committee on  Internet Freedom. She has worked on CoE, EU and UNDP funded projects in eastern Europe and the Caucasus. In a voluntary capacity, she has led UK citizen delegations to the European Parliament. She was shortlisted for The Guardian Open Internet Poll 2012.

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