thanks to jre for drawing my attention to this matter.
The European Parliament is about to vote on the IPRED2, the Second Intellectual Property Enforcement Directive.
The vote is scheduled for tomorrow, wednesday 25th, so please act now.
If IPRED2 passes in its current form, “aiding, abetting, or inciting” copyright infringement on a “commercial scale” in the EU will become a crime.
Penalties for these brand new copycrimes will include permanent bans on doing business, seizure of assets, criminal records, and fines of up to €100,000.
IPRED2’s backers say these copycrimes are meant only for professional criminals selling fake merchandise. But Europe already has laws against these fraudsters. With many terms in IPRED2 left unclear or completely undefined – including “commercial scale” and “incitement” – IPRED2 will expand police authority and make suspects out of legitimate consumers and businesses, slowing innovation and limiting your digital rights.
If you live in the E.U., please, visit copycrime.eu .
They have instructions on how to Contact your member of parliament, and they also put up a petition. please sign it.
Please also sign the petition if you are a non-E.U. resident.
Please sign the petition below (even if you’re not from the EU)! We’ll use your support to help us lobby in Brussels for amendments that will fix IPRED2. Over 7800 people have already signed!
the original thread by jre can be found here
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