The response of the vice president of the European Commission Neelie Kroes to a query of Italian MEP Sophie Alfano regarding the new Italian draft regulation on copyright protection on the Internet has recently spread across the net.
In the document, the vice president recalled that “measures taken by Member States regarding end-users access to, or use of, services and applications through electronic communications networks shall respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons, as guaranteed by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and general principles of EU law. Such measures may only be imposed if they are appropriate, proportionate and necessary within a democratic society “.
Regarding the new draft regulation released by the Italian Communications Regulatory Authority (Agcom) Ms. Kroes wrote that “the Commission has noted the substantial changes to the Italian draft Regulation on protection of copyrights on electronic communications networks by the Italian Regulatory Authority (AGCOM) (Delibera 398/11/CONS), which was submitted to public consultation on 6 July 2011. The Commission will monitor closely further developments.”
However, the time of public consultation ended few days ago and its results have not yet been published.