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European Parliament Members Explore Decriminalizing File-Sharing

Frustrated by the lack of copyright reform in Europe, several Members of European Parliament have started a coordinated platform to urge the European Commission to update its outdated policy. The MEPs are looking for a more flexible copyright system which benefits European citizens and businesses, including the decriminalization of file-sharing for personal use. The first steps towards these goals are to be made during an event in Brussels on Tuesday.

The European Copyright Directive (Infosoc) dates back more than a decade.

At the time the Internet looked entirely different from how it does today and as a result many lawmakers believe that significant reforms are needed to bring legislation into line with present reality.

Last year several Members of the European Parliament sent a letter to the President of the European Commission to take up this issue.

“People all over the EU are increasingly concerned that the copyright system is no longer for them, and that many aspects of copyright law as it is currently applied, managed and interpreted by courts in the member states is not satisfactory or relevant,” the letter read.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Atheistic Determinist and Contemplative Contrarian.

    by ShockandAwed on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 03:00:19 PM PST

  •  This isn't getting broad support (4+ / 0-)

    Andersdotter is the most visible member of the Pirate Party. Despite the language used in the article in the diary, this is about the ability to download movies, music, books etc. from sites like Pirate Bay for free legally.

    Here's a more balanced article on the issue from a British newspaper:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/...

    She argued that musicians and composers who produce content for remixers should make their money from concerts and deals with commercial streaming services: “The revenues in all cultural sectors are rising, and have been rising for many years. People are spending a larger amount of money today on cultural content even though they are also pirate copying a lot of material,” she said.
    So, Andersdotter says that individuals should be able to download music for free and that musicians should only be able to make money through commercial streaming services. I can't even wrap my head around that.

    Music isn't free. Someone worked hard to write it, compose it, and produce it. They deserve compensation for that.

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