E.U. Proposes Stiffer Penalties For Counterfeiting And Piracy

Law360, New York (July 12, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission on Tuesday proposed stiffer penalties for counterfeiting and piracy, including prison sentences of at least four years for organized criminals engaged in commercial counterfeiting.

The proposed measures apply to all types of infringement of intellectual property rights. Under the proposal, all intentional infringement of an intellectual property right on a commercial scale, and attempting, aiding or abetting and inciting such infringements would be treated as criminal offences.

The Commission reserved the harshest penalties – four years of imprisonment – for organized crime and...
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