European Parliament voted yes on the new controversial directive Ipred 2 which
concludes that all kinds of infringement of the intellectual copyrights will be
directive is actually stricter than that and even criminalizes attempts of
infringing on copyrights. In theory this means that basically all video
sites, P2P developers and other services used to spread material around
the web is criminal.
There is an
exception though and that is the end-user. If this user downloads pirated
material and use this only for his own entertainment, study or research he or
she can not be prosecuted through the new directive.
has been harshly criticized from day 1 by people saying it in turn infringes on
people freedom of speech and even been considered a lobby directive from the
The goal is
to harmonize (European Parliament's choice of word) the copyright laws of the
member countries of the EU through the new directive.
and penalties will be adjusted by some countries according to the new
directive, but they still vary quite a lot between the European countries where
Great Britain are the strictest with up to 10 years in prison, while the same
crime only pays three months in Greece.
“Parliament, in approving today the report by Nicola
Zingaretti (PES, IT) by 374 votes to 278 with 17 abstentions, has backed the
overall aim of the Commission proposal, while amending some of its provisions.
The EP excluded patent rights from the scope of the directive, and decided that
criminal sanctions should apply only to infringements deliberately carried out
to obtain a commercial advantage. Piracy committed by private users for
personal, non-profit purposes is therefore also excluded.”
Soon it will be a criminal offence to speak, just in case someone else has already spoken those words. This level of criminalisation across europe is now getting totally out of hand, where ordinary citizens have no say in the laws being imposed upon them by the UNELECTED European Commission.
No doubt John Reid will use this as
the excuse for controlling the blogging world.