E.U. Moves Towards IP Criminal Sanctions

Law360, New York (March 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Parliament is one step closer to a vote on harmonizing criminal sanctions for certain copyright infringements after the body’s legal affairs committee gave the green light to a draft version of a controversial IP directive.

The proposal, considered the first effort to harmonize criminal laws in the European Union, was cleared on March 20 by the parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs. It was penned by Socialist Italian Parliament Member Nicola Zingaretti, who belongs to the committee.

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