FSF Europe call for action: next week IPRED will be voted

Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Software Foundation Europe and Open Rights Group launched a call for action because next week the European Parliament will vote IPRED2, the EU’s second intellectual property enforcement directive.

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If it passes in its current form, as reported by the Open Rights Group:

“aiding, abetting, or inciting” copyright infringement on a “commercial scale” in the EU will become a crime. What’s more, it will be the first time the EU will force countries to impose minimal criminal sanctions – this is normally left up to the discretion of member states.

The FSFE has prepared an open letter to the MEPs, the proposed text, in all formats and languages, can be found on the proposal’s eur-lex page. FSFE endorses amending that text with the compromise amendments hosted on FFII’s site.

Electronic Frontier Foundation has also set up a web site to help stop the directive in its current form.

Act now!

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