European Parliament OKs IPR Directive

Law360, New York (March 10, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Parliament has passed the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive, paving the way for a streamlined European Union-wide effort to crack down on piracy.

The bill, opposed by consumer advocates and some technology companies, was passed with 330 votes in favor, 151 against and 39 abstentions.

The vote, which took place on 9 March, had been postponed in February in order to buy more time for the Irish Presidency to steer negotiations between Parliament, Council and Commission.

In a last attempt to convince members of...
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