As expected, the French Constitutional Council declared unconstitutional the new Création et Internet law which would disconnect repeat online copyright infringers.
This council instructed Mr. Sarkozy:
- Every man is presumed innocent until has has been proven guilty
- Freedom of expression and communication is so valuable that its exercise is a prerequisite for democracy and one of the guarantees of respect for other rights and freedoms and attacks on the exercise of this freedom must be necessary, appropriate and proportionate to the aim pursued
Let’s only hope that the content providers don’t have influence enough to rewrite the basis of the European constitutions.
Hear about it at ars technica.