greggh wrote:How long before other countries follow suit? My belief is, not long.
Which is why the European Parliament passed amendments to it's version of a new EU telecom package that says that users can't be denied service without a prior ruling from judicial authorities. This is not yet law, now the parliament has to battle with the Council of Ministers (Where that media mafia mole Sarkozy is waiting), however the parliament has passed amendments like this three times, and has a strong stance on this. If the final law includes the Parliament's amendments, it will outlaw three strike models all across the European Union, and France will have to repeal their three strikes law or face court proceedings at the European Court of Justice.
" Opposition Socialist and Communist senators did not take part in the vote on the bill, which was passed by 189 votes to 14. "
Taken from this story on the BBC website. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8046564.stm
It never pays to sit out on a vote, even if you don't think you can make a differenct. Silly commies.
You know, I find it extremely funny, and even a bit sad that you lash out against others when you yourself CLEARLY have absolutely no idea what the hell you're talking about! The socialists and communists actually defeated this bill last month (France Rejects 3 Strikes Anti-Piracy Law
), because of some funny coincidences. Don't blame them for not voting! Obviously this time, Sarkozy's UMP party didn't want to make the same mistake, and made sure to outnumber the socialists and communists. UMP, and it's allies hold 345 seats in the lower house, contrast to the opposition holding around 227 seats. I think it's very likely that the socialists and communists boycotted the vote in protest, because the bill would pass anyway, you may say that's not a good way to go, well fair enough, that's your opinion, but that's just how European politics sometimes work, parties boycott votes in protest when they know that they'll be voted down anyway (In Europe, a boycott is a way to signal strong disagreement), governments get subjected to a vote of no-confidence in parliament and are forced to step down and early elections be called (This was the case with the governments of Iceland and the Czech Republic recently, for example). Oh and by the way, the amendment to ban "three-strikes" laws that the European Parliament passed last week, which I mentioned earlier, was written by a French socialist MEP in the European Parliament.