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


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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)

Alan Kelly said:
"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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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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For once, Labour are right about something. Fair play.
 

BrendanGalway

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Well said that man.

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

Defcon1

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After last week its get to hear of a TD doing something really postive.
 

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Fair play Alan Kelly. This is a common sense approach to a global problem. With file sharing sites like Limewire and Megaupload coming under scrutiny and possible sanctions for facilitating online piracy, this is a real step forward without having to spy on legitimate users too much. Basic investigative principles are to follow the money. This is how the original Napster was shut down. The absence of the file sharing sites that encourage illegal downloads will slow piracy down.
 

setanta

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Good news form the European Parliament and excellent initial job by Alan Kelly. The PES wil be pushing this very strongly with ALDE and sypmathetic EPP MEPs in the Parliament. Notwithstanding the rearguard action that wil be launched by the phono/ey industry this will likely enter into European law.
 

Likely Lad

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good work Alan Kelly, I hope some our other invisible MEPs are taking note of his excellent work on this
 

jmcc

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WTF? An MEP with a clue? However this has some historical precedence in the way that the EU Directive on Conditional Access Systems handled pirate smartcards. The lobbyists wanted severe penalties for end users as well as those in the distribution chain. The EC limited it to the distribution chain. Perhaps Kelly's amendment may allow for a similar compromise.

Regards...jmcc
 

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and last week he was going after Tesco s treatment of suppliers with EU competition law - a young clued in and intelligent politician - only a pity that he's in europe and not in government
 

BrendanGalway

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Eye-opening stuff. Very similar to Frances Hadopi Law. Deep-packet inspection is real "Thin edge of the wedge" stuff, it opens up a lot of avenues towards ever more invasive technologies and policies. This is already big in China.

Amazing isnt it. A creeping erosion of our privacy and civil-liberties all in the name of a few mega-corporations in a bid to preserve an outdated business model. This is not a good sign of things to come folks.

Well done once again to Alan Kelly. We need more Knowledgeable people drafting our policies. He has cut straight through the FUD and stated quite correctly that laws like this rarely impede serious criminal activity on the Internet. It only penalises the ordinary user.
 

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Fair dues to Alan Kelly for a more intelligent approach. The "sharing" has well moved on though with a lot of content being streamed now as well as new file sharing capabilities being built into browsers. IT moves faster than any government will.
 
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