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E.U. Lawmakers Delay Vote On Copyright Fines

Law360 (February 28, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Parliament has stalled a vote on a law that would establish higher penalties for counterfeiting and piracy violations.

Legal Affairs Committee spokesman Federico de Girolamo said Tuesday that lawmakers would continue to discuss the legislation in coming weeks, adding that an initial vote has been scheduled for Mar. 12, Dow Jones said.

At issue is how far to step up the penalties, which currently vary widely across the European Union’s 27 member states.

The European Commission proposed establishing minimal penal sanctions for counterfeiting and...
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