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Criminalisation of Copright and Trademark infringement in the EU

The Free Software Foundation Europe are calling our attention to a proposed new directive which will criminalise "aiding, abetting, or inciting" infringement of copyright, trademarks, and patents". From the FSFE's webpage on the matter, they list changes and amendments which they think should be applied to this directive as to protect our freedoms:


* Exclude patents completely
* Limit the criminal sanctions for copyright infringement to clear cases of large-scale fraud
* Limit the criminal sanctions for trademark infringement to those which cause health or safety risks
* Remove the absurd new crimes of "attempting, aiding or abetting and inciting" infringements

There is a petition for you to sign if you support these amendments. If you want to get more involved contact your MEP and tell them to support the amendments such as these: