Europe votes "no" to internet bans for file sharers. We are saved!

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eu-file-sharing-criminalised-no-non-nein.jpgThe EU has just voted against the idea of banning file-sharers from using the internet, in a rare victory for the right-thinking common man.

Any possible plan to criminalise file-sharing was rejected by EU members, along with the concept of axing the web connections of those caught Bittorrenting the entire output of Hollywood overnight. It’s OK. You’re not going to get done for it any more.

“The vote shows that MEPs want to strike a balance between the interests of rights holders and those of consumers, and that big measures like cutting off Internet access shouldn’t be used,” said Malene Folke Chaucheprat, European Parliament spokeswoman.

We’re not sure how this impacts the previously announced French and UK plans to implement a “three strikes” anti-piracy ban rule. Presumably it kicks them into touch? Aren’t we part of Europe now? And isn’t Europe the boss of us all? So this means it’s all OK now, right? No one’s going to take my internet away?

(Via PCW)

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Gary Cutlack