"3. Resolution of Member Verhoeven (21 501-30, No. 288), 29 May 2012 (original Dutch text in PDF)
The House of Representatives,
- observes that treaties like ACTA lead to a further formalization of copyrights rules on the international level,
- observes that such treaties are very difficult to modify and as a result can be an extra impediment for future reforms of copyright law,
- observes that strict enforcement of intellectual property on the internet is no solution for the ongoing difficulties regarding copyright law and interferes with internet freedom,
- requests the government to vote against new similar treaties,
- requests the government to focus the copyright policy on economic growth opportunities offered by the internet through, amongst others things, new revenue models for legal content.
Verhoeven (D66 – Democrats 66)"
I hope this will be a catalyst for other countries to implement similar regulations.
This is the really important part (ACTA was almost dead anyway). The continued push for ever more draconian copyright enforcement measures is slowly creating a backlash that puts copyright reform on the political agenda.
Once copyright reform is seriously on the agenda, all ACTA-like initiatives that enhance copyright enforcement are likely to be shelved indefinitely, and we finally get some breathing room for a real debate on copyright.
yes, that's what i meant. thanks for the info!
The Netherlands are European leaders when it comes to wiretapping communications. Its laws gives the intelligence communities extensive powers to tap, filter and store. This was already the case well before 9/11. Secondly, privacy is usually not a political or social issue of any real significance.
I don't see anything wrong with wiretapping with a warrant. Do people who argue against them also argue against home search warrants?
Phone wiretapping is simply one way a country can decide on by which criminal activities should be traced. Other countries do so in different ways, and comparing them, especially in different jurisdictions is not straightforward.
For civilians that do not exercise criminal activities, wiretapping will be less of an influence on their lives as ACTA or non-net-neutrality would be. On average.
The latter is particularly worrying, because we already know that in other areas, police access to private data collection is seriously being abused, and very badly organized.
The oversight basically starts and ends with granting the permission to wiretap. Everything else is murky as hell.
Come to Poland - to most invigilated country in Europe.
I still don't like him for his other decisions, and the lies he told about ACTA before he changed his mind, but at least he can say he was wrong.
As much as I like the Netherlands (living here from 2006, I'm Italian), these inconsistencies in their systems are really annoying[^1]. Net neutrality, ACTA rejection on one side, blocking web sites on the other.
[^1]: I won't mention the other kind of inconsistencies, but if you really curious about some health care system madness, I encourage you to readhttp://blog.lanzani.nl/2011/doctors/
In this case the judge has decided that TPB mostly facilitates illegal downloading and that therefore a block is allowed.
This is a, technically, correct decision because the net neutrality law gives judges enough room to block websites.
[I read your blog entry, sorry to hear about your knee but otherwise I find your story single sided and your statement that doctors get money for not helping is so crude and slander-like that it needs citation, in my opinion - if it were not for the fact that I have to email you to comment on the post I would have placed this part of my reaction over there.]
[As for the doctors: for what regards the money, this is what I've heard. Of
course there will be nothing official but: I know 2 (!) persons who died of
uncured cancer, because Dutch doctors just told them to take pain killers (not
kidding). Then I know other 2 (we were close) that had to go to their home
countries to get the cancer cured, because here the doctors told them to wait a
couple of weeks. Once home their doctors hospitalized them immediately, saying
that further delays would have killed them. A PhD student from Russia, also
here in the Netherlands, emailed me after reading my blog post, because the
same happened to his knee and the doctor didn't want to treat him. My
mother-in-law had kidney stones, and what did the doctor say? Drink some warm
milk. She had to fight 3 days to be sent to the hospital. I'm here since 2006,
but I already met so many people who where shocked by the incompetence of
Dutch doctors, that I could write for hours. The entry in my blog reflects some
facts happened directly to me or my family.]
Looking forward to the next generation of laws appropriate to the growth of the internet and the people who use it...
Well done though :)
How do we get our govt to stop churning out multi-thousand page piles of pork-barreling instead of simple, straightforward resolutions like this?
The actual law or laws that will be changed or created are not nearly as pretty. (Although judges here are allowed to pass judgement in the "spirit of the law" rather than taking the text literally, so there is less of an incentive to get every little detail nailed down on paper)
Crony Capitalism at its worst.
If TPP makes it that far (no guarantee it will), the Congress will have plenty of opportunity to read and react to it--especially now that Fast Track has expired. Just look at how many times the negotiators had to go back to the table on the South Korea and Colombia free trade agreements to satisfy Congressional objections.
This is not necessarily true in other countries, which is why their legislators are getting involved.