[Manila Principles] EuroParl draft report on prevention of radicalisation and recruitment of European citizens by terrorist organisations

Jeremy Malcolm jmalcolm at eff.org
Sun Oct 18 02:22:32 PDT 2015

On 17/10/2015 11:50 pm, kyungsinpark wrote:
> Manila Principles should definitely take action on this. 
> “Feels that the internet giants should be made aware of their
> responsibilities so that they delete illegal content as quickly as
> possible;” àThis will very easily translate into a general monitoring
> obligation.

I agree.  I met with two policy officers from the European Commission
last week to discuss the Manila Principles with them.  Although
internally the Commission supports retaining the fundamentals of the
existing regime, there is considerable political pressure to act against
intermediaries who are seen as profiting from content without sharing
that revenue with content providers (which means: ancillary copyright)
and against intermediaries who host illegal content "actively" rather
than "passively" (which means: establishing a duty of care, and making
Content ID and notice-and-staydown compulsory).

I also met separately with some industry representatives, who are of the
view that we should open up the Manila Principles to endorsement by
industry groups.  The initiative actually came from their side, in view
of the trajectory of the platform consultation and also new obligations
on intermediaries at the national level in countries like Austria.  I
tend to support this idea, since we have already established a strong
base of civil society support for the Principles, so that there is no
longer any danger that this could be seen as an industry-pushed
initiative.  Bringing industry endorsers in now would only strengthen
our case to push back against these adverse policies.

What do others think?

Jeremy Malcolm
Senior Global Policy Analyst
Electronic Frontier Foundation
jmalcolm at eff.org

Tel: 415.436.9333 ext 161

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