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03/09/2004 05:35 PM ID: 37689 Permalink   

EU Directive Could Sanction Home Invasions of File Swappers

 

The European Parliament is about to vote on the EU Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive which is designed to combat forms of piracy that include everything from CDs to fashion accessories. Privacy advocates fear this law is too broad.

Companies that suspect their trademarks are being infringed are given the right to conduct raids on homes, seize property and even freeze peoples bank accounts. Privacy advocates say people who use P2P networks like Kazaa could face such action.

Comparisons are being made to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Some say a distinction is needed between P2P users and professional counterfeiters. A close vote is expected as critics call for amendments to this bill.

 
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  so what their saying  
 
is that the houses of these little boys and girls that have only gotten on kazaa to do their homework get their houses raided just because big brother wants a buck? ya ok.....
 
  by: inpherno3   03/09/2004 06:21 PM     
  Erm  
 
Companies that suspect their trademarks are being infringed are given the right to conduct raids on homes, seize property and even freeze peoples bank accounts. Privacy advocates say people who use P2P networks like Kazaa could face such action.
That says companies not police, so virgin records can now raid my house and freeze my bank account?
All hail the EU......
 
  by: Necralis   03/09/2004 08:37 PM     
  IT PASSED! (revision made)  
 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/...
Revision: "One amendment said action should not be taken against consumers who download music "in good faith" for their own use."
"The Recording Industry Association of America has used the DMCA to bring lawsuits against file-swappers in the US and EDRi fears the same could now happen in European countries."
"The directive allows companies to raid homes, seize property and ask courts to freeze bank accounts to protect trademarks or intellectual property they believe are being abused or stolen."
 
  by: JFURY     03/09/2004 10:03 PM     
  Why do you people  
 
keep voting for party's that give us such wonderful control, woohoo, now sony can send its men round to our houses and sieze any material they dont like.
 
  by: Necralis   03/09/2004 10:22 PM     
  i guess this means...  
 
If someone uses Kazaa to download tons of music to sell on CDs, record companies can get police to seize the home, the bank records of the file trader and any equipment/CDs/DVDs used to pirate material.
 
  by: JFURY     03/09/2004 10:39 PM     
 
 
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