The success of the internet and e-commerce within Europe is at risk due to confusion created by the European Union, according to a report by Forrester Research.
In recent weeks, the EU has published contradicting reports concerning the highly contentious issue of Web cacheing. The Barzanti report proposed a ban on cacheing illegal material, but the Oddy report later proposed that ISPs should not be liable for illegal material held on their servers.
Theresa Torris, author of the Forrester report, said the contradicting documents are due to the industry changing too fast for the law-makers to keep up. 'If we don't do something about this, business will just move,' Torris warned.
The confusion has been slammed by Liberal Democrat MEP Graham Watson, who blamed the software industry for sending out mixed signals that have prevented the EU from understanding the real issues.
The original Barzanti report, proposing a ban on illegal cacheing, had provoked an outcry by the European Internet Service Providers Association (EuroISPA).
A representative for EuroISPA and head of ISPA in the UK, said: 'Our concern is that the law won't allow for temporary cacheing. No one condones piracy, but there needs to be clarification between direct and inadvertent copying.'
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