EU debates criminal sanctions for IP violations

Wednesday, 25 April 2007, 12:22 AM EST

The scope of a proposed law criminalizing intellectual property infringements is being fiercely debated in Strasbourg ahead of a vote by the European Parliament there Wednesday.

Some parliamentarians want to restrict the law's scope so that it only applies to infringements on a commercial scale "for the purpose of obtaining commercial advantage." In other words, even a teenager who illegally downloads thousands of songs and inadvertently shares those songs with thousands of other file sharers cannot be liable to criminal sanctions.

At InfoWorld.

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