Big tech accountability? Read how we got here in  The Closing of the Net 

The "Telecoms Package" comprises reviews to 5 sets of directives, but for the copyright issue there are two which are important: Amendments to the Electronic communications: common regulatory framework for networks and services, access, interconnection and authorisation ( Directives 2002/19/EC to 2002/21/EC]) and the Electronic communications: universal

service, users' rights relating to networks and services, processing of personal data, protection of privacy, consumer protection cooperation (Directives 2002/22/EC, 2002/58/EC and Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004.

The package is currently under review in the European Parliament. Amendments proposed will alter the framework of telecoms legislation. These amendments taken together do appear to make specific changes which are needed to pave the way for '3 strikes' proposals to be brought in. Under EU law as it stands, '3 strikes' would not be legal, hence why these changes are being lobbied for. 

The amendments will:

- weaken privacy rules, enabling data retention in some form for the purposes of pursuing copyright infringers and altering the principle of data protection which currently prevents ISPs from divulging user identity and other personal information

- enable member states to set up a process for pursuing and sanctioning copyright infringement outside the domain of the courts (ie a privatised law enforcement process for copyright, where ISPs will act on the basis of information supplied by copyright owners)

- oblige ISPs to alter the terms and conditions in their contracts with end users, enabling them to sanction and cut off users who infringe copyright

- do away with the right of users to freely distribute content (including their own)

-legally block access to websites and web content

Committee votes are scheduled for July, and a plenary vote in September.


Iptegrity in brief is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I’ve been analysing analysing digital policy since 2008. Way back then, I identified how issues around rights can influence Internet policy, and that has been a thread throughout all of my research. I hold a PhD in EU Communications Policy from the University of Westminster (2010), and a Post-graduate diploma in marketing.   I’ve served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe  Committee on Internet Freedoms, and was involved in a capacity building project in Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. I am currently (from June 2022)  Policy Manager - Freedom of Expression, with the Open Rights Group. For more, see About Iptegrity is made available free of charge for  non-commercial use, Please link-back & attribute Monica Horten. Thank you for respecting this.

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