EU Parliament To Vote On Controversial IP Legislation On Monday

Law360, New York (February 20, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Parliament is expected to vote on the controversial Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Directive on Monday, following several months of delays as trade groups and consumer advocates sought to soften what they say are the bill’s draconian measures.

The bill, which would replace a patchwork of regulations in the union's 15 member countries, goes far beyond existing laws in Europe and the United States by classifying copyright violations and patent infringements as crimes punishable by prison terms. Critics say the proposal would criminalize innocent...
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