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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Dutch Unions Asked to Legalize File-Sharing

 Dutch Unions Asked to Legalize File-Sharing

Dutch Unions Asked to Legalize File-Sharing

Added: Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
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, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Couple days ago a coalition of the Dutch consumer watchdog and 2 local artists unions have issued a suggestion to legalize file-sharing of films and music files forever. Instead, they suggest to impose a levy on devices like MP3-players, able to play and record such content. They believe that this will further change to a general levy on web subscriptions.

Actually, downloading music and films for personal use has been permitted for years under the local law. However, the current government is going to change this. Of course, artists unions and the consumer watchdog believe that it’s a bad idea. So, they’ve submitted a counter proposal to eventually legalize the sharing of movies and music files entirely.

According to the press statement, the parties worry about protecting the freedom of the Internet users and ensuring that the rights of content creators are respected. This means that the proposal will be adopted only on a condition that the technologies used are not infringing the consumers’ rights.

As per the suggestion, legalizing illegal file-sharing will be passed in 2 stages. Now there exist a levy on blank CDs and DVDs, which is supposed to be replaced by that on devices used for playing and recording films and music, like cell phones, TVs, MP3-players, and so on. The size of the levy is estimated at around 5 euros per device. All the money collected is suggested to be fairly distributed among content creators and other copyright owners. However, the draft only targets music and movies, but not software, games, or books.

Later, when file-sharing becomes more dominant than it currently is, the suggested levy will change into a general online levy, thus completely legalizing the file-sharing of films and music for non-commercial purposes. Meanwhile, commercial infringement still remains against the law.

It looks like a very interesting idea, particularly coming from the creators themselves. However, the suggestion still raises a lot of questions. First of all, it doesn’t explain how the collected money is going to be “fairly” divided. Then, it also avoids the fact that people who have nothing to do with downloading will have to pay the levy for their cell phones and TVs. While the devices producers might not like the idea, it’s nice to see the consumer watchdogs at least considering the alternative solutions.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

November 30th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-11-30 18:23:09)
moviefreak24 avatarI live in Holland and I dont think they will approve this proposal. There has been talk about these kind of levies before but so far nothing has been done with this idea and I dont think they will do anything with it now. Just doesnt seem like something the recording industry and the government would go along with..

posted by Blocked (2010-11-30 23:09:13)
menahunie avatarHmmm 5 Euros - $10.00 per device. Not bad; in exchange to get everything for free.... Private downloading....
The Dutch are heading in the right direction - commercial infringement ( pirating ) would remain illegal..
That is what the RIAA and MPAA has been deliberately ignoring while it pursues everyday people like the girl who downloaded 24 songs and now is ordered to pay millions of dollars..

posted by (2010-12-01 22:47:39)
spiritchaser5150 avatarGood point menahunie. How come is it that we understand but the RIAA and MPAA can't. Could it be that they are blinded by the big dollar.

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