Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 16:58 UTC
Legal We have some very, very good news for Europeans (which happens to include myself): we have the European Parliament on our sides when it comes to battling ACTA. If you may recall, ACTA is basically an attempt by the US to impose upon the rest of the world draconian measures like three strikes laws and the DMCA. All parties within the European Parliament have together put forth a resolution that would effectively tackle ACTA.
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No, I want laws to treat people fairly.

Copyright law in The Netherlands is exactly as it should be. Uploading is illegal, while downloading is not,

That amounts to legalized piracy. Even if it is enforced people from outside the country will provide the files.

Letting people download copyright material without permission from the owners is theft. You're letting people steal the work of others without compensation.

But I guess you prefer the three strikes system, which means that all internet activity must be monitored by private organisations. I guess you prefer a system where private, non-government organisations have the same kind of power judges have, allowing them to punish people without due trial.

Private companies don't have the same power the judges have. All ISPs can do is stop providing their own service.

Private companies refuse service for illegal activities all the time. It's a packet delivery service, you don't have a right to using it for illegal activity anymore than you do with other private delivery services.

If that's a world you want to live in, then bugger off to the US, which is currently the paradise you seem to seek, where justice favours the large, rich companies, instead of ordinary individuals.

You're clearly for laws that favor pirates over content producers. What you call "fair" amounts to letting people download all the copyrighted material they want. Just be intellectually honest at least and say you favor pirates over researchers, programmers, artists and musicians.

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