EU digital commissioner asks for feedback on Megaupload take-down

Commissioner Kroes also tweets about evils of SOPA

Europe's Commissioner in charge of the digital agenda has asked the public what it thinks about the shutdown of file-sharing site Megaupload by U.S. authorities.

Posting on Twitter on Friday, Neelie Kroes directed readers to post their opinions on the European Commission's digital agenda Facebook page.

Most respondents were outraged at the U.S. Justice Department's actions. The main concern is that U.S. authorities had overstepped their jurisdiction. The website's co-founders were arrested in New Zealand and the site is based in Hong Kong. On www.facebook.com/DigitalAgenda, commentators were critical of the music and entertainment industry, saying that it is attempted to prevent the free flow of information.

Meanwhile, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have written to the U.S. Congress to complain about the proposed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) bills being debated in the U.S. Congress.

"SOPA and PROTECT IP will create tensions across the Atlantic in a time where we need to work more closely together," says the letter, which is signed by 15 MEPs "We ask you to vote against SOPA and PROTECT IP and to work with us on effective laws, which enable a fair remuneration of artists and creators online, without violating fundamental rights or fragmenting the free and open internet as we know it."

Meanwhile, Commissioner Kroes has not responded publically to comments on the Facebook Digital Agenda page, but did say on her Twitter feed that she was "glad the tide is turning on SOPA" describing the U.S. antipiracy act as "bad legislation."

"Speeding is illegal too: but you don't put speed bumps on the motorway," she added.

Last year Kroes indicated that she thought copyright laws are too strict and on Friday added the "Internet regulation must be effective, proportionate, preserve benefits of open net."

Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @BrusselsGeek or email tips and comments to jennifer_baker@idg.com.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jennifer Baker

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?