Last Tuesday, the European Parliament’s committee for legal affairs JURI voted to adopt a report by French Christian Democrat (EPP) Marielle Gallo, about enforcement of intellectual property rights.
The outcome of the vote in the JURI committee was a victory for the copyright conservatives.
The European digital rights organization EDRI is highly critical of the report:
This week, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament adopted a far-reaching, contradictory and, at times, fundamentalist non-legislative report on enforcement of intellectual property rights.
The Committee report takes some quite extreme, apocalyptic and sometimes almost comically absurd views of intellectual property infringements, claiming that they ”constitute a danger” for health and safety and even endanger ”our economies and societies”, before making dire warnings about the ”fade-out of innovation in the EU” and demands for criminal sanctions for infringements.
But please have a look at the report for yourself and form your own opinion.
Here you can find the consolidated text that was adopted by the committee, i.e.: the text as it looks with all the amendments that passed edited into it.
All comments are welcome.
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