Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Brussels wants to fight "at source" Internet piracy

The European Commission wants to adapt copyright to the growth of the Internet and new technologies, tackle online piracy of cultural works "at source", according to a plan of action, aspects of which concern the industries concerned. "My intention, as regards the eradication of hacking sites, is to act more directly to the source, that is to say to and from the providers' (ISP), said , Tuesday, May 24, the Internal Market Commissioner, Michel Barnier, during the presentation of its plan of action for the coming years in terms of intellectual property.

The Commission is careful to specify what form of "cooperation" for its part intends to ask the ISPs: According to a European source, "options" are under consideration and it is "too early" for preferred one. This vagueness concern the industry, which refuses to become the Internet police.

"There is no question of putting in place measures to filter content" that pass through the networks of ISPs, and "we can not ask them to decide for themselves whether something is legal or not "and therefore whether it should be blocked, and has accused an industrial source. "We hope this action plan is not in the logic of the Memorandum of Understanding, multilateral agreement in which the ISP had to undertake to monitor the activities of their customers and report on violations of intellectual property rights," Note also the Socialist MEP Françoise Castex.

A COPYRIGHT "EUROPEAN"? The telecom industry as consumer groups have long argued that one should not focus on the perceived problem, namely the illegal downloads, but deal with what for them is at the root of the problem, lack of legal tender. European Commissioner in charge of new technologies, Neelie Kroes, had raised this issue last year, stressing that the public "often can not access that artists can offer, and this leaves a vacuum that is filled by illegal content.

" Other elements of this legislative package contained and the continued work to create a single European patent. The creation of a European code of copyright may, optionally, a substitute for national systems. The Commission finally announced a new attempt to harmonize the systems of private copying royalties.

These taxes apply, with very different methods in different countries, a series of media and electronic equipment to compensate for the loss of copyright because records "home". A site which in the opinion of a European source likened to "a puzzle", in which Brussels has already failed twice.

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