Tuesday, April 22, 2008

3 strikes striking out?

Michael Geist reckons the three strikes policy may well be on the way out after the Swedish government and European parliament's explicit rejection of the approach in recent weeks.
"In recent weeks, however, it would appear that governments are beginning to have sober second thoughts. After a Swedish judge recommended adopting the three strikes policy, that country's ministers of justice and culture wrote a public opinion piece setting out their forthcoming policy that explicitly excluded the three strikes model.

Earlier this month, the European Parliament delivered an even stronger rejection. At issue was the Bono Report on the Cultural Industries, a major cultural policy initiative headed by French member of parliament Guy Bono. While the Bono Report was expected to pave the way for a pan-European three strikes policy, the report may have had the opposite effect."

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