IPRED2 voted in first reading by the European Parliament

By EDRi · April 25, 2007

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The Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED2), with the
changes made by a report produced by Nicola Zingaretti (PES), was voted by
the European Parliament in its first reading today with a vote a 374 in
favour, 278 against and 17 abstentions.

Unfortunately, the suggestions from an alliance of libraries, consumers and
innovators, including the 8 000 signatories of the petition at copycrime.eu
were not considered by the Parliament, although the vote was much tighter
than anticipated.

The scope of the directive still includes trade names, database and design
rights, along with the copyright and trademarks. Liabilities for software
and service providers are possible by criminalising also the inciting of an
intellectual property right infringement.

Jonas Maebe, Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) analyst
commented: “Today, ‘inciting’ is only criminal in some member states, and in
exceptional cases such as hate speech. Elevating IPRs to the same level is a
scary development. The inciting clause is also reminiscent of the US ‘Induce
Act’, which threatened to make MP3 players such as the iPod illegal”

The fight now moves to the Council of the European Union for its first
reading, and then to the European Parliament for a second reading. Several
states have started to mount resistance to IPRED2 in the last weeks, with
the UK and Holland leading the charge.

European Parliament Criminalises Businesses, Consumers, Innovators

IPRED2 Slips Through, Fight to Continue (25.04.2007)

Intellectual property: pirates and counterfeiters to feel the full weight of
criminal law (25.04.2007)

Petition against IPRED2

EDRI-gram : IPRED2 adopted by the EP Legal Affairs committee (28.02.2007)