On January 19, 2009, the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee approved a report on the future of copyright, which EuroISPA is challenging on the argument it excessively favors rights holders. The rapporteur, MEP Manuel Medina Ortega (Socialist Group, Spain), originally issued the draft report on October 28, 2008, but EuroISPA is pushing now against certain positions in the report that it did not manage to stop in committee. The new report is on proposed revisions to Directive 2001/29 EC on the harmonization of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society. The report "[[t]akes the view that the activity of websites offering downloading of works and services that are protected by copyright and neighboring rights is illegal, as is peer-to-peer exchange of works or services without the consent of the rightholders;" and thus it "[s]upports the setting up in the individual Member States of administrative authorities responsible, on instruction from rightholders and using a graduated approach, for the enforcement of copyright on the internet."
This approach is directly contrary to what the Parliament as a whole adopted in September last year on first reading of the electronic communications regulatory package. Rightholders want the ability to rely on regulation or even private action to shut down individual consumers who download P2P copyright infringing material. The EP adopted language, however, that no "fundamental freedom" can be removed without judicial decision. The report is also said to support filtering and monitoring of Internet traffic. EuroISPA is fighting hard against the concepts in this report, attacking it as contrary to EP positions, and produced by a committee stacked with supporters of the rights holder community.