Anti-Piracy Outfits Fabricated Petition Signatories for EU ParliamentAdded: Friday, October 1st, 2010
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This week European Parliament adopted a report facilitating the introduction of new strict anti-piracy measures. The entertainment industry had a finger in the pie, of course, pushing the Parliament by presenting petitions reported to be signed by hundreds of artists. Most interestingly, the petitions were signed by movie producer who died 3 years ago and 7-year-old Romanian singer.
Pro-copyright lobbyists have been trying to push the governments all over the world to adopt draconian anti-piracy laws, and earlier this week they were given another considerable victory, with controversial Gallo report being adopted by the EU Parliament. Actually, the adoption of the report could turn the web into real copyright police state, as it provides local governments a permission to implement stricter anti-piracy measures to fight illegal file-sharers.
As usual, anti-piracy outfits have been pushing the Parliament to adopt the report. This time they came as far as to fabricate the support of the artists in faked petitions. In order to do that, they abused the names of different artists who are either dead/simply non-existent or underage and unaware of the petition.
Unfortunately, the truth came out too late and the report was already adopted. But, nevertheless, the results are purely outrageous. For example, a petition sent in by Eurocinema, which represents movie producers in Europe, contained the signatures of Hungarian moviemaker who died 3 years ago, while for some other names (1/3 of which for some reason being Hungarian) Google didn’t return any results at all, hinting that they don’t exist. In addition, several people whose signatures were on the petition were contacted on the question and denied they ever signed or heard of it.
IFPI, another famous record industry lobby outfit, presented a petition signed by the 7-year-old singer Cleopatra Stratan. Apparently, the European youth becomes involved with politics even before they learn to read. Besides, the paper also contained several duplicate names, as well as non-European citizens, people who seem to be non-existing, and, finally, even the French musician Michel Sardou who earlier claimed he was a pirate.
The facts revealed are at least outrageous, and if the anti-piracy outfits get away with these tactics, then it would be a clear sign of how the music industry treats its consumers, artists and the government.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
October 1st , 2010Posted by:
Friday, October 1st, 2010
|its sad that the EU ministers are more interested in supporting corporations than the people. the ministers are never there for the people when they need them. its almost like they are learning how to be like the US and only interested when money is involved.|
everyone knows that american business and government models do not work and should not be copied.
the ideal of the EU was to not makae the same mistakes the US does and then they go and do them.
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