Internet access not 'fundamental right', says EU

<p>Proposals to cut off persistent illegal file sharers from the internet have moved a step closer, after European parliament ruled against making access a &quot;fundamental right&quot;, the <em>Financial Times </em>reports.</p><p>Law makers in Brussels have agreed to drop the amendment, which was aimed at countering &quot;three-strikes&quot; laws, such as the one <a href="../news/101369-mandelson-wants-to-curb-piracy-and-update-copyright-law.html" target="_blank">put forward by Lord Mandelson last week</a>, which are aimed at protecting copyrighted content from being pirated. Other European countries are understood to also want to implement this tactic.</p><p>An amendment had been voted through in May, which insisted that internet disconnection could only go ahead with the approval of a judicial authority rather than an administrative body.<br />But member states dropped the proposal, questioning parliament&#39;s authority to dictate national judicial arrangements.</p><p>The final details are expected to be resolved in negotiations between parliament, the European Commission and member states.</p><p>The<em> FT </em>had seen drafts of a text, which it said &quot;point to much weaker language on internet users&#39; rights&quot;. However, it could be weeks before a final text is adopted.</p><p>The legal value of the parliament&#39;s stance against &quot;three strikes&quot; laws had been in question from the start, and few observers had expected its proposed law to be adopted by member states. But the parliament&#39;s involvement gave succour to activists who are looking to prevent such laws from spreading across Europe. </p><p><a href="../news/102013-publishers-urge-politicians-to-support-digital-copyright-plans.html" target="_blank">Publishers yesterday (4th November) called for politicians to support plans to safeguard copyright. </a></p>