Pläne für britisches Anti-Piraterie-Gesetz geleakt

„The most radical copyright proposal I’ve ever seen“: Cory Doctorow hat Informationen über den britische Digital Economy Bill veröffentlicht. Das Gesetz soll morgen der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt werden.

Doctorow berichtet über Pläne des First Secretary of State von Lord Peter Mandelson, den Träger seines Amtes „Secretary of State“ (ob damit der First Secretary of State oder der Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, beides von Mandelson eingenommene Ämter, gemeint ist, wird nicht deutlich) Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills zu ermächtigen, Verordnungen (secondary legislation) zum Copyright, Designs and Patents Act zu erlassen. Neue Gesetze könnten vom Amtsträger also ohne Debatte im Parlament erlassen werden. Doctorows Quelle nennt drei Argumente Mandelsons für seinen Vorschlag:

1. The Secretary of State would get the power to create new remedies for online infringements (for example, he could create jail terms for file-sharing, or create a „three-strikes“ plan that costs entire families their internet access if any member stands accused of infringement)

2. The Secretary of State would get the power to create procedures to „confer rights“ for the purposes of protecting rightsholders from online infringement. (for example, record labels and movie studios can be given investigative and enforcement powers that allow them to compel ISPs, libraries, companies and schools to turn over personal information about Internet users, and to order those companies to disconnect users, remove websites, block URLs, etc)

3. The Secretary of State would get the power to „impose such duties, powers or functions on any person as may be specified in connection with facilitating online infringement“ (for example, ISPs could be forced to spy on their users, or to have copyright lawyers examine every piece of user-generated content before it goes live; also, copyright „militias“ can be formed with the power to police copyright on the web)

Der Digital Economy Bill wird zudem eine Three-Strikes-Regelung enthalten, die keine mehr ist. Wie die Queen gestern in einer Rede darstellte, wird es ein nur noch zweistufiges Verfahren geben. Demnach erhalten vermeinliche Urheberrechtsverletzer nur noch eine Warnung, bevor die Sanktionen greifen.

Es gibt allerdings deutliche Anzeichen, dass das Gesetz nicht den Vorgaben der EU entspricht, schreibt IPtegrity:

It is also likely that the Bill will contravene EU law. The proposals, as currently anticipated, will contravene that final agreement on the EU Telecoms Package. They include an administrative appeals procedure, but no prior right to be heard, which will have to be guaranteed. And the application of automated sanctions constitutes interference with the right to freedom of expression.

Moreover, they will contravene another, non-controversial provision in the Telecoms Package, that the regulator must be independent of political control. If Ofcom is to be asked to supervise Internet cut-offs in the manner described. It is to oversee a Code of Practice between the ISPs and the rights-holders, and would appear to be being asked to act for political purposes. It will also have to provide the Secretary of State with information leading to the application of automated processes for cutting off users. As such, it is unlikely to meet the ‘politically independent‘ requirement of EU law.

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  1. GustavMahler 19. Nov 2009 @ 19:54
  2. tokmitstock 19. Nov 2009 @ 20:33
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