Last week ALDE organised a panel debate in the European Parliament building on Internet self-regulation, entitled “Should online companies police the Internet?”
The panel members were
- Chris Ancliff, General Counsel, Warner Music Group, representing IFPI
- Chris Smith, ECSA, representing composers and songwriters
- Jermyn Brooks, Global Network Initiative
- Joe McNamee, global advocacy co-ordinator for European Digital Rights (EDRi)
- Malcolm Hutty, Head of Public Affairs at LINX, speaking on behalf of EuroISPA
The audience comprised MEPs, industry and civil society stakeholders. It was chaired by Marietje Schaake MEP.
With two panel speakers from the copyright industry lobby, the debate was always going to have a special focus on copyright enforcement, and some members of the audience indicated their lack of sympathy with the multi-national record labels. Malcolm Hutty concluded the debate by pointing out that the issue goes further than that: even assuming complete and unquestioning support for organisation making a complaint about online content, there is a limit to what Internet intermediaries can do.
Video for the full event, including opening speeches from three institutional officials, is also available.