INTERNET ACCESS is a human right and the music and film industries can not cut people off from it without providing legal evidence of wrongdoing, according to the EU.
The EU assembly voted 407 to 57 to throw out a compromise reached by EU governments that would have allowed France to cut off Internet access to people accused of downloading illegal copies of movies or music.
According to the AP lawmakers reinstated an earlier demand that "no restriction may be imposed on the fundamental rights and freedoms of ... users, without prior ruling by the judicial authorities."
Quite where this will leave the French government, which has ordered its lawmakers to agree to a law that will force ISPs to cut off people's Internet access if a movie or music industry company tells them to, is another matter. After all, it's not like it has a reputation for surrendering. µ
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