Friday, March 05, 2004

Hunting mosquitos with nukes...

... was how The Register put the new EU Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive which is designed to make it easier to tackle large scale pirating operations. However, it seems that the bill hasn't been thought through properly and currently fails to distinguish between commercial counterfeiting, and inadvertent individual copyright infringement, meaning a 12-year old P2P file sharer, or someone photocopying pages from a library text book at university, is seen as identical to a large scale piracy operation filtering money into organised crime. Not only that, but some of the allowed actions are incredible, for example enabling rights holders to hire private police to raid a suspect's home. To me this just seems plain wrong and I really hope that it will be redrafted before being pushed through the European Parliament.

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