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Thread: EP to recommend that individual illegal downloaders shouldn't be pursued

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    Default EP to recommend that individual illegal downloaders shouldn't be pursued

    The Digital Agenda for the Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament is to recommend that commercial exploiters should be targeted with sanctions for illegal downloading and not individual citizens.

    The amendment was tabled by Munster Labour MEP Alan Kelly (reported on P.ie last week)

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Kelly
    "The truth of the matter is that the internet is a very difficult area to police.

    "No sooner would the EU rules be in place than the internet community would find ways around these rules and illegal downloading would continue.

    "The fact that the committee recognises now that 'sanctions in the field of copyright should be targeted at commercial exploiters as opposed to individual citizens,' should help bring about a sensible and realistic approach to public policy in this area.

    "Hopefully in the future, the people who download illegally on a small level will not be subject to any sanctions.

    "We will instead spend our time chasing the providers and the criminals who exploit this on a commercial basis, who have warehouses full of illegal DVDs and cds.

    "Getting this principal inserted into the future digital agenda for Europe, shows that being active in Europe and getting people onside is possible and even an individual MEP can have an influence over EU policy.

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    Excellent stuff. Finally we look set to gain a more realistic framework for the protection of intellectual property.
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    fair play to Alan Kelly

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cochrane View Post
    The Digital Agenda for the Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament is to recommend that commercial exploiters should be targeted with sanctions for illegal downloading and not individual citizens.

    The amendment was tabled by Munster Labour MEP Alan Kelly (reported on P.ie last week)
    Wow, great.
    Good show, this Labour MEP has done the Union's citizens a service.
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    Sounds pretty good. What are the odds of it being accepted?

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    we'll see
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    Excellent...Good work Alan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostexpectation View Post
    we'll see
    Sounds like you're reserving judgement - which I think is wise. This is only a recommendation by a committee. I daresay the lobbyists haven't got properly started on the matter yet.

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    For once, Labour are right about something. Fair play.

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    Well said that man.

    Nice to have a Knowledgeable and informed Politician propose Net legislation for a change.

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