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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > European Parliament Might Decriminalize File-Sharing

European Parliament Might Decriminalize File-Sharing

European Parliament Might Decriminalize File-Sharing

Added: Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
A number of MEPs have recently decided to urge the European Commission to update its copyright policy. It seems that they are calling for a more flexible copyright system that could benefits EU citizens and businesses. The main part of the system is the decriminalization of file-sharing for personal use.


Actually, the European Copyright Directive started more than ten years ago, but at the time the worldwide web looked entirely different and this is why lawmakers understand that reforms are needed now to update the law.

Back in 2012, several MEPs sent a letter to the President of the European Commission and asked to take up this issue. However, thus far the Commission hasn’t followed this up, and the MEPs had to take more concrete action themselves. They decided to host an event in order to highlight the lack of progress and the need for change. The hostess and Pirate Party MEP explained that the current copyright law is very outdated, as it restricts users’ ability to enjoy and share culture. Indeed, the current directive has created a horrible licensing nightmare that nobody can penetrate. File-sharers, DJs, libraries, schools and others who make use of culture live in a constant state of uncertainty today.

So, decriminalization of file-sharing is one of the issues on the agenda, and it directly affects over hundred million European citizens. It is clear that it will also facilitate the development of new business models. But this is not all. The MEPs want to make information in general more readily available across countries, without complex copyright limitations and restrictions. They believe it will enable “better access to culture for libraries, online archives, research, visually impaired people and educators”.

The above mentioned event has been setup to encourage a more coordinated effort among MEPs of various parties to push for the copyright reform. Perhaps, there will be collaboration between like-minded members of Parliament who keep the interests of the European public at heart. As you know, starting 2013, the EU will have a new Parliament and a new Commission, so it’s a good idea to coordinate early how to ensure the better legal certainty. The MEPs point out that it is very important to “build common and shared platforms of cultural exchange and dialogue”. Hopefully, the number of the supporters of this idea will be more than three.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

November 13th,2013

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Date:  Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site FriendET loverSupermanSunTurtle (2013-11-13 15:09:37)
Soup avatarHmmm, i can't see the united kingdom of censorship agreeing to that anytime soooon!!!!

posted by Turtle (2013-11-13 22:03:13)
Warwicked avatarSounds too good to be true.

posted by (2013-11-14 03:04:30)
Rockman avatarSounds to good to be true but hey we can dream hoping that file sharers can win some and the winning spreads to America . .

posted by Kitty (2013-11-14 05:05:54)
Crash1 avatarIt isn't going to work that way ... you KNOW that the USA is going to do everything it can to torpedo this plan. If they can't, then it's going to make it a LOT harder to extradite or prosecute European file sharers in American courts.

posted by Blocked (2013-11-14 07:51:29)
No avatarsome countries constitution clearly says it is illegal to censor them

posted by (2013-11-14 10:48:07)
jumbo71 avatari was taught to share and share i will...

posted by menTurtle (2013-11-14 21:54:43)
ShadowTek avatarI agree with Crash1 the USA will block it however they can.

posted by (2013-11-16 03:49:13)
No avatarIf the TPP comes into effect the way the preamble is laid out, I'll be downloading from the EU."The MEPs want to make information in general more readily available across countries, without complex copyright limitations and restrictions."

posted by Turtle (2013-11-16 11:15:53)
No avatarIf the security services feel that it's acceptable for them to gather up and hoard data that doesn't belong to them, I'm only happy to follow their shining example. Hollywood, your data is my data.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-11-19 01:53:56)
Embolism avatarThe TPP,ACTA and others were knocked back in the courts previously,now with unilateral spying by the NSA and every agency domestic and foreign monitoring citizens internet with CYBER enforcement on both sides of the pond these acts which they tried and failed to pass EU courts are redundant since they can now monitor your use of the internet,protocols,amount downloaded/uploaded,etc and can tell with reasonable certainty those of us using P2P as and when they decide to knock on peoples doors to delve further which they have the legal right to do under the law lets hope people do not get the sort of sentences that others have gotten as in one case for downloading one film a man got 1 year in jail,if they start that in the UK we will have jails like the Americans have with over 10% of our population behind the door.

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