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EU Parliament Adopts Harsher Piracy Punishments

Law360 (April 25, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Pirates in the European Union now have more to fear, after a measure that would set harsher punishments for large-scale commercial piracy passed in the European Parliament.

The bill was passed by a 374-278 vote in Europe’s legislative body, but it still needs the approval of all 27 EU Member State governments.

The proposal, considered the first effort to harmonize criminal laws in the EU, was cleared on March 20 by the Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs. It was penned by Socialist Italian Parliament Member Nicola...
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