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Proposed EU IP Law Draws Mounting Criticism

Law360 (October 20, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Union's proposed intellectual property law is coming under mounting criticism from consumer advocates and companies concerned about its far-reaching impact on industry and innovation, the New York Times reported Monday.

The proposal, which would replace a patchwork of regulations in the union's 15 member countries, goes far beyond existing laws in Europe and the United States by classifying copyright violations and patent infringements as crimes punishable by prison terms. Critics say the proposal would criminalize innocent conduct in a number of situations that cannot...
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