[rohrpost] Tell the European Parliament to Fix IPRED2

Günther Friesinger guenther.friesinger at univie.ac.at
Don Apr 12 12:11:17 CEST 2007

Sign the petition!
On April 24th, the European Parliament will vote on IPRED2, the
Second Intellectual Property Enforcement Directive. With one stroke,
they risk turning thousands of innocent EU citizens and businesses
into copycriminals. Only you can stop them. Sign our petition now!

If IPRED2 passes in its current form, "aiding, abetting, or inciting"
copyright infringement on a "commercial scale" in the EU will become
a crime. Penalties for these brand new copycrimes will include
permanent bans on doing business, seizure of assets, criminal
records, and fines of up to EUR 100,000. IPRED2's backers say these
copycrimes are meant only for professional criminals selling fake
merchandise. But Europe already has laws against these fraudsters.
With many terms in IPRED2 left unclear or completeley undefined -
including "commercial scale" and "incitement" - IPRED2 will expand
police authority and make suspects out of legitimate consumers and
businesses, slowing innovation and limiting your digital rights.


Posted By johannes to
at 4/12/2007 12:01:00 PM