The European Parliament approves new ‘anti-piracy’ directive

The
European Parliament voted yes on the new controversial directive Ipred 2 which
concludes that all kinds of infringement of the intellectual copyrights will be
considered criminal.

The
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.

Ipred 2
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
media industry.  

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.

The fines
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.”

(source)


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.

 

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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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