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EU Softens IP Law - P2P Users Safe

Posted: 10th Mar, 2004 By: MarkJ
Users of P2P file-sharing services can rest easy after the European Parliament passed a watered down version of its Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive law:

The version of the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive agreed by the European parliamentarians this afternoon does away with a controversial proposal to slap criminal sanctions on private individuals who exchange music files over the Internet.

The law gives companies new powers to combat professional pirates, criminals and counterfeiters, including raiding homes, seizing property and asking courts to freeze bank accounts to protect trademarks or intellectual property they believe are being abused or stolen.

The eventual version leaves home users safe, though, which will come as a relief to the estimated 5 million file-swappers in Britain, and the countless more around Europe.


The new laws are expected to be introduced within the next 18 months to 2 years; more @ PC Advisor.
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