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Copyright Enforcement Vs. Freedoms

Jérémie Zimmermann
Chaos Communication Congress 27th (27C3) 2010
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ACTA, upcoming criminal enforcement directive, filtering of content... The entertainment industries go further and further into their crusade against sharing. They not only attack our fundamental freedoms, but also the very essence of the Internet. This session is a panorama of the current and upcoming battles, campaigns and actions. Everyone can help defeat the motherf#§$ers! The crusade against sharing the entertainment industries are waging against their customers is taking new directions. Their obsession to apply models from the past to today's technologies leads these industries to turn copyright against their customers. Direct consequences would be damages to freedom of expression, privacy and the right to a fair trial, that would greatly serve the will of some politicians to control the Internet. A number of extremely disturbing trends and upcoming legislative projects will be detailed in this session: ACTA. The "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement" is the flagship of the entertainment industries. It is a prototype of how to impose legislation while circumventing democratic process and public opinions. ACTA contains most of what the industries are dreaming about. By putting legal and monetary pressure over Internet technical intermediates, ACTA would force them to act as private copyright police and justice of the Net. IPRED2. The criminal enforcement directive was frozen in the Council of EU in 2006. It is about to be revived under the direction of the French commissioner Michel Barnier. It may contain sanctions for "inciting, aiding and abetting" infringement, which would blur the line between copyright infringement and political speech or the production of software and on-line services. "voluntary agreements", "extra-judicial measures", and "cooperation between rights-holders and Internet service providers" sound harmless, but they represent a growing trend in trying to force the ISPs into policing, through contracts, their networks and users. ISPs would be forced to use access restrictions ("three strikes") or even content filtering. Revision of the e-Commerce directive. The movie and music industries will use this occasion to attack the exoneration of liability for technical intermediates of the Net, with potential consequences on freedom of speech. Filtering of the Net. In the name of protecting the children or gamblers, it is being deployed all over Europe. These first steps will allow to further expand filtering mechanisms for the purpose of copyright enforcement, under influence the entertainment industries. How those policies are put in place? What can a citizen do in order to help counter them? How can we better organize to gain momentum in protecting fundamental freedoms in the digital environment? What were the successful campaigns so far, and what will be the upcoming ones?

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