Friday, June 03, 2011

Three strikes could be out

A UN report into legislation, such as the HADOPI law in France or the DEA in the UK, which allows suspension of internet connection, says that the measure may be contrary to human rights principles. The Telegraph says:

“The Special Rapporteur urges States to repeal or amend existing intellectual copyright laws which permit users to be disconnected from Internet access,” says [Frank] La Rue’s report, which will be presented to the UN’s human rights council today.
The UK government have mumbled something about how they think there are "balancing rights" of intellectual property, which suggests that Cameron and Clegg don't quite understand what a fundamental human right is.