European Telcos, ISPs Object to E.U. IP Bill

Law360, New York (November 3, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- European and U.S. telecom and internet companies have expressed their concern about proposals for tighter intellectual property rights in the European Union, the Financial Times reported.

The European Net-Alliance, which includes Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, British Telecom, Telecom Italia and MCI, argue that the law should focus only on counterfeiting for commercial purposes and not subject users who download pirated music and film to criminal charges, according to the FT.

"The harsh and intrusive measures provided by the directive are not proportionate and adequate to apply to...
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