Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Feb 2013 02:02 UTC
Legal "This means that people can no longer get convicted for violating the copyright monopoly alone. The court just declared it illegal for any court in Europe to convict somebody for breaking the copyright monopoly law when sharing culture, only on the merits of breaking the law. A court that tries somebody for violating the copyright monopoly must now also show that a conviction is necessary to defend democracy itself in order to convict. This is a considerably higher bar to meet." Well, that's progress, I guess.
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by WorknMan on Fri 8th Feb 2013 02:46 UTC
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I wonder how far-reaching this will be. People seem to be all gung-ho for sharing, until some business wants to share information about its customers to advertisers, and then suddenly sharing is evil. Can you really be 'pro file sharing' on one hand, and then demand that your right to privacy be respected on the other, as it pertains to information that companies are allowed to share about you?

IMHO, I don't know about this being a 'human right', but I do think it's a good decision. It's time to stop pretending that shit which is infinitely copyable should not be copied. Even if it kills entire industries, it's a step backward to think you can put information/content 'out there' and expect it to remain under your control, unless you encrypt it. (And even then, you better be damn sure that the intended recipients won't share it either.) It would be a bit hypocritical though for people to think that sharing only applies to information they WANT to have shared. Either sharing is good, or it isn't. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

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