Is Internet access a 'fundamental right'?
May 08, 2009, 09:03 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The statement comes as the European Commission grapples with
proposed three-strikes legislation, an effort sponsored by France
to deny file-sharers Internet access after three warnings of
copyright infringement. Opponents of the legislation have responded
by suggesting that Internet access is fundamental to liberty, an
argument that suffered a setback on Wednesday as the European
Parliament voted against codifying Internet access as a basic human
"It's gratifying to see that someone recognizes that Internet
access doesn't rank alongside free speech, even if it can help to
publish that speech. Speech is fundamental, but how you express it
need not be."