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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > EU Ordered the Netherlands to Outlaw Downloading

EU Ordered the Netherlands to Outlaw Downloading

EU Ordered the Netherlands to Outlaw Downloading

Added: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
The EU Court of Justice has recently handed down a landmark ruling, saying that the Netherlands can no longer allow its citizens to legally download copyrighted content for free. The ruling says that the current system of a “piracy levy” to compensate copyright owners is illegal.

Like in many other countries across the globe, downloading entertaining content is very popular in the Netherlands, with a 1/3 of the population downloading copyrighted music and movies for free. Contrary to most other countries, however, this isn’t illegal. The matter is that the Dutch compensate copyright owners via a so-called “piracy levy”. The latter is charged from writable media, hard drives and electronic devices with storage capacity.

Now the European Court of Justice has declared this system illegal in a case launched by electronics stores and manufacturers, whose products became more expensive because of the levy. According to the court decision, the levy system is a threat to the internal market and puts rights owners at an unfair disadvantage. In short works, the court decided that the system allowing people to copy files from pirated sources can’t be tolerated, because it encourages the distribution of counterfeit and pirated works. Moreover, it poses an unfair disadvantage to the rightsholders and punishes people who purchase their digital films and music from legitimate sources, because they also have to pay the piracy levy on the devices and media they record them to.

The ruling is also likely to affect other EU members with similar systems – for instance, Switzerland, which also legalizes downloading pirated works for personal use. The problem is that rightsholders may be worse off if the countries do indeed outlaw downloading pirated content: this move would result in lost revenue via the piracy levy, which won’t be matched by an increase in legal sales, if any at all.

As a result, the Dutch government has already confirmed that downloading copyrighted content for personal use is no longer allowed, and in general offenses will be prosecuted through civil cases rather than criminal ones.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.


By:
SaM
April 15th,2014

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Tuesday, April 15th, 2014



Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Turtle (2014-04-16 03:14:02)
ShaneLee79 avatarlol I am Dutch myself..but I'll just keep downloading one Gig. after another, completely disregarding all their rules, laws and claims, I just dont give a damn! My government can go F... themselves! xD

2
posted by Blocked (2014-04-16 04:08:37)
No avatarLast I knew Switzerland was NOT a European Union member state.

3
posted by (2014-04-16 06:27:44)
magengar avatar@1... Damn, looks like you folks have your work cut out for you, to find ways around it. Good luck, and play Low.

4
posted by (2014-04-16 12:16:03)
eNdEmiOn avatarIndeed F governments that don't remember who they are supposed to work for and F the EU, once again they stick their fingers where they don't belong. And also screw the whole copyright system as it is completely aimed at getting paid again and again and again ... (I could go on until I die of old age) for a single effort of labor. The guy who installed the doors in your house doesn't get paid again every time they're used is he!!!

5
posted by (2014-04-16 13:56:06)
No avatarI agree the goverment are never honest or trustworthy or respectful

6
posted by (2014-04-17 05:28:57)
No avatarif u.s did this well lets say theri be huge hell xd

7
posted by ET junkiemen (2014-04-19 09:29:03)
xxxskfxxx avatarthe music and film industries were at least getting something now there back to getting nothing,perhaps our isp's should pay a small sum every month to compensate our poor penniless film stars



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