European Copyright Law Falls Flat
December 24, 2002
Things haven't been going too well for copyright holders in 2003. P2P networking has become bigger than ever, and their quest for international cooperation seems to be faltering.
The latest blunder comes from the European Continent. The BSA, or Business Software Alliance, was pushing the EU to adopt a broad new set of laws that would help protect movies, music and software from being pirated across the Internet. However, only two nations, Greece and Denmark, adopted the legislation.
"It's a bit disappointing," Francisco Mingorance, European policy director for the Business Software Alliance (BSA) trade group told Reuters on Monday. "Obviously, this will delay the process."
Much like the RIAA, the BSA is a trade organization whose membership includes Microsoft, Apple and Intel.
The failure of this legislation enhances the concept that consumer rights have not been taken into full account. Many politicians, lobbied heavily by electronic manufacturers and ISP's, remain unconvinced that strict levels of copyright protection should be implemented.
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