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IP Enforcement Directive Clears EU Parliament But Opposition Remains

EFF IN THE NEWS
July 18, 2007

A European Commission proposal to criminalise intentional, for-profit intellectual property counterfeiting and piracy won backing from the European Parliament on 25 April. The 374-278 first-reading vote on an amended version of the IP enforcement rights directive, known as IPRED2, followed months of controversy and heavy lobbying which show no signs of abating...

Defining commercial scale as "obtaining by a commercial advantage" does not make it clear "if saving money by filesharing instead of buying CDs would give anyone a commercial advantage or not," said Erik Josefsson, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) European affairs coordinator. If it did, he said, the act of sharing files would, under Zingaretti's definition, not be considered private use for personal and not-for-profit purposes.

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