European Parliament Backs EU-Wide Copyright System

Law360, New York (September 22, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT) -- European lawmakers supported the move toward a European Union-wide copyright system Wednesday, but they rejected controversial language calling for regulators to focus on the balance between broad Internet access and fighting online piracy.

Citing the lack of a working digital market in the region, the European Parliament asked the European Commission to draft a "comprehensive" intellectual property rights plan to erase the barriers to create a unified online market, in a nonlegislative report adopted 328-245 with 81 abstentions.

The report suggests launching an EU-wide system to...
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