Euro MPs want criminal penalties for downloaders

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The whole copyright infringement debate is looking to hot up in Europe.
It seems that this will be hard to introduce, and even more difficult to police though.
EU-wide changes aren't going to be the easiest in the world to implement.

The European Parliament has asked EU member states to press ahead with a plan to criminalise copyright infringement. The Parliament wants a proposal it agreed last year to be approved by ministers from each member state.
The proposed EU directive would create new rules on copyright protection, and would require each EU country to pass laws criminalising intellectual property infringement. It must be approved by the Council of Ministers before it takes effect.
The directive's main supporter is Italian Socialist MEP Nicola Zingaretti. "Organised crime is a global activity that does not recognise borders or customs... We want to make sure that, all over the EU, pirates and counterfeiters are punished," he said last year when the Parliament narrowly backed the proposal. "It is about punishing mafia-style criminals, not about jailing kids who download music from the internet."
Just how many kids get arrested in direct comparison to 'Mafia-style criminals' remains to be seen though :p

Source :- The Register
 

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stupid idiots copyright theft is already illegal , so why they going to make another law about it, stupid gravy boat riding twats
 

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This made me chuckle..

"Organised crime is a global activity that does not recognise borders or customs... We want to make sure that, all over the EU, pirates and counterfeiters are punished"

So given that their jurisdiction is the EU; how are they going to deal with this crime that recognises no borders or customs?
What about the rest of the world?
Nobody counterfeits or pirates software outside the EU...apparently :rolleyes: :p

It's an exercise in futility. Either that or it's a measure to stealth future planned privacy infringement laws being passed to help 'deal' with the problem.

Gotta wonder how these guys get their jobs sometimes. :laugh:
 

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no they are aught up in global terrorism - which is the new Salem which hunt
 

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