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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Finland Introduced Copyright Law Without “Three-Strikes”

Finland Introduced Copyright Law Without “Three-Strikes”

Finland Introduced Copyright Law Without “Three-Strikes”

Added: Monday, November 8th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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In its attempt to fight unauthorized file-sharing, the draft of a new legislation was passed in Finland a few days ago. New law will demand broadband providers to send notifications to the subscribers alleged of illicit file-trading. These letters are supposed to be initiated by rights holders. However, thus far the Internet users would not face the situation where their identities are compromised. This means that Finland has never put a “three-strikes” regime on the agenda.


Like the vast majority of European countries, Finland has found itself under the constant pressure from the movie, music and game industries that require the country to take action about illegal online file-sharing.

Thus far, the government of the country has prepared some changes to both Finland’s copyright and digital data protection legislation, targeting at reducing what it calls the “illegal distribution of creative material.”

The draft of a new law was introduced to parliament a week ago and proposed an interesting alternative to costly court expenses caused by rights owners. The process proposed by the law is easy: after the suspected infringers are traced on various file-sharing networks by the rights owners, the allegations of violation will be forwarded to broadband providers. Then the ISPs will be demanded to send them out to the corresponding subscribers.

In contrast to the rest of the countries that already introduced “three-strikes” regimes, the approach chosen by Finland guarantees that the user’s identity information would stay with the relevant ISP and won’t be revealed to the rights owners. At least, that’s what the government Minister said in his statement recently.

At the moment, the exact content of the notifications hasn’t been disclosed. However, the proposal is that there won’t be any direct allegations of wrongdoing. Besides, the hope is that such approach to fighting copyright infringements will decline the need for police to be involved in non-complicated file-sharing cases. Thus, the courts would see reduction in the subsequent load on such cases.

The legislation, which is actually a continuation of the negotiations that began back two years ago, aimed at promoting e-commerce and material creation, is scheduled to be enforced in the early 2011.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

November 8th, 2010

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Date:  Monday, November 8th, 2010

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-11-08 22:33:31)
menahunie avatarIt is still beyond me why none of the ISP's have not required the "copyright" holder when they send a letter to the ISP for a "violation" to provide hard proof in fact a violation did in fact happen?
Like the file in question and the documented proof which client where they got it from? Not just a claim of aledged violation?
You are being accused of a crime so proof has to be furnished; yet it isn't in most cases in
"copyright" violation trials.
Since these accusations by the RIAA and MPAA are in fact a crime; why isn't the federal government prosecuting these "violators"? When you go to a movie don't you see that FBI warning ?
Could it be because there is in fact no evidence provable evidence that a crime did happen?

posted by Turtle (2010-11-09 14:35:15)
D4T4 avatarOne of these days menahunie, you might just realise that the world doesn't start with Maple syrup and end with Taco Bell, and London isn't the capital of Europe. There is a big wide world out there whereby the other countries govern themselves. They are not governed by the USA (United States of A$$holelawyers). Finland has got it right from our point of view. File-sharing is illegal, like it or not. But Finlands ISPs won't allow you to be prosecuted, they'll simply send you a slap on the wrist as a warning. Then you can step up your security until you stop getting snotty letters. Therefore, in conclusion, No-one cares about your MPAA or RIAA but Finland is playing along to keep the peace whilst not actually bowing down to them. Something all ISPs should adopt.

posted by ET loverSuperman (2010-11-09 23:03:21)
tonymengela avatarFinland will never pass three strikes and fall to this garbage, why? because their GOV is run by the FREEMAN

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