UN: Disconnecting File-Sharers Breaches Human Rights

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  1. Terminator02

    Terminator02 ヽ( 。 ヮ゚)ノ

    Apr 10, 2010
    United States
    Somewhere near monkat
    According to a UN report published in May and set to be adopted today, tough provisions in the UK’s Digital Economy Act and France’s ‘Hadopi’ legislation breach human rights.

    The Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression details concern for measures being put in place by various governments to punish online copyright infringement. In many cases those measures include the draconian step of denying citizens’ Internet access.

    “While blocking and filtering measures deny users access to specific content on the Internet, States have also taken measures to cut off access to the Internet entirely,” says the report.

    “The Special Rapporteur considers cutting off users from Internet access, regardless of
    the justification provided, including on the grounds of violating intellectual property rights law, to be disproportionate and thus a violation of article 19, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

    The report highlights the legislation adopted by France and the UK, noting that the author of the report, Frank La Rue, is “alarmed” by proposals to severely punish Internet users if they violate intellectual property rights.

    “This also includes legislation based on the concept of ‘graduated response’, which imposes a series of penalties on copyright infringers that could lead to suspension of Internet service, such as the so-called “three-strikes-law” in France and the Digital Economy Act 2010 of the United Kingdom,” notes the report.

    In addition to calling on governments to maintain Internet access “during times of political unrest,” the report goes on to urge States to change copyright laws, not in favor of the music and movie industries as has been the recent trend, but in keeping with citizens’ rights.

    “In particular, the Special Rapporteur urges States to repeal or amend existing intellectual copyright laws which permit users to be disconnected from Internet access, and to refrain from adopting such laws,” the report adds.

    Whether or not the report will carry any influence with these so-far stubborn governments remains to be seen, but the Open Rights Group are keeping up the pressure on UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. ORG have written to Hunt asking for his reaction to the Special Rapporteur’s report and his recommendation that the Digital Economy Act’s disconnection provisions should be repealed.[/p]
    [​IMG] Source (TorrentFreak)
  2. jamesaa

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    Like sure the UK government would pay any attention to this, the two sides of the coalition seem much more content on arguing with each other than paying any attention to the country, never mind "little" things like the world wide web [​IMG]

    Things like the digital millennium act were rushed though parliament by the last government and conveniently ignored by the current government it seems.
  3. DSGamer64

    DSGamer64 Canadian, Eh?

    Nov 9, 2007
    A cold cold place
    Those who file share got what they deserved by losing their connections, sorry kids.
  4. GreatZimkogway

    GreatZimkogway Still a Touhou Fanatic

    Jul 21, 2009
    United States
    You're an idiot if you truly feel that way. Guess what. Download a free indie game. File sharing. Download music. File sharing. Download a picture. File sharing. Download a video. File. Sharing.
  5. Fear Zoa

    Fear Zoa Still Alive

    Jun 18, 2009
    United States
    actually he/she file shared just by coming here....gbatemp is after all just a series of files on a server sent to the hosts upon request...

    But more or less i'm sure they meant the illegal type of file sharing [​IMG]
  6. Eckin

    Eckin GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    it's still quite fucked up.
  7. Wintrale

    Wintrale GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    May 19, 2009
    Kent, England
    Way to completely miss the point.

    If the law was as strict as you make it sound, merely using the internet would be grounds for banning people from it. Not only is this aimed purely at intellectual and copyrighted property, so downloading a "free indie game" wouldn't count, it's also only aimed at peer to peer services like torrents. Y'know, the number one way everyone uses to pirate stuff.
  8. DSGamer64

    DSGamer64 Canadian, Eh?

    Nov 9, 2007
    A cold cold place
    We are talking about content that is paid for, not crap that is given away for free by the publishers of the content at their own consent. There is a HUGE difference and if you are too blind to see that, I hope they cut your internet for pirating stuff as well. Sorry, but buying something through a source that is a representative of the gaming, music or films industry for instance, is not file sharing, because it's a legal way to obtain copyrighted material. Downloading a program from another persons computer through torrents or any other P2P method is file sharing, and that is illegal. Think before you post next time.