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FFII.org: Europe's New IP Law: "You Just Have To Trust Us"

Feb 21, 2004, 07:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"The EU Parliament's Legal Affairs committee is set to rubber stamp a new text on Monday for the controversial EU Directive on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, despite serious unanswered concerns from across the EU--including the UK House of Lords. It will have been only six days since the final text, drafted in secret without any public analysis of its detailed national implications, was finally released to the European public.

"In the words of one MEP speaking at a meeting in Strasbourg last week, 'This is Europe, not London. This is how we do things here. You just have to trust us.'

"FFII is very concerned that, without better defined safeguards, the Directive will lead to a far more agressive, lawyer-driven legal environment for creative businesses; and having seen how such legislation can be used in the United States, that it may provide the means for agressive litigators holding dubious intellectual property rights to 'pull a SCO' and use the powers of the Directive to seriously harass and even inflict lasting damage on small innovative businesses..."

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