[Fsfe-ie] New "IP Rights" enforcement directive

teresahackett at eircom.net teresahackett at eircom.net
Sat Jul 30 19:26:57 CEST 2005

I said that I would ask Georg Greve about this in Geneva. FSFE will have 
a position on IPRED2, which will be formulated when Georg's feet touch 
the ground ;-)


Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> As discussed at the last meeting, there's a new directive on enforcement of
> "IPRs".  The worst of it is that it aims to make willful infringement of
> patents, unauthorised copying, and DRM circumvention criminal offences.
> (This applies to anything that falls under the "IP" banner.)  Next worse is
> a set of extremist investigative powers it gives to rights holders which
> would, for example, allow the next SCO to reak much more havok (at tax
> payers expense).
> I suggest the best way to tackle this is to write an opinion on the license,
> and then send out a press release.  This is a matter of democracy, and
> monitoring democracy is the free presses job, so we should help them.
> I've started a wiki page where I'll begin the opinion.  Help welcome.
> http://www.ifso.ie/cgi-bin/wiki.cgi/IPRED2
> A copy of the proposed directive is available here:
> http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/LexUriServ/site/en/com/2005/com2005_0276en01.pdf

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