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Finland Kills European Union Copyright Directive
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2003-02-05
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Finland's parliament has, for the moment, rejected the contentious National Copyright law proposal, based on the European Union Copyright Directive (EUCD), the European counterpart to America's DMCA.

The deadline for implementation of the EUCD was December 22, 2002, but so far, only Denmark and Greece have actually followed through.

The Electronic Frontier Finland was the, "local, vocal voice to criticize the copy protection circumvention ban and other controversial issues of the proposal".

"An unclear law with criminal sanctions of up to two years in prison [from e.g. copy protection circumvention] would have formed a serious risk to unintended citizens," said Jyrki Katainen, a member of the parliament committee and vice chairman of the Conservative Party, told the EFFI which also said Katainen was in addition, "worried that the law would have harmed the Finnish competitiveness as an information society".

EFFI chairman Mikko Välimäki says followuing after the EFFI's public campaign against the proposal, "the official Finnish consumer protection agency made an announcement criticizing CD-copy protections and ... also testified against copy protections".

Added vice-chairman Ville Oksanen, "We have of course always the risk that the next proposal, whenever it comes, is even more pro-content industry. Luckily, it's only theoretical because it's now clear the parliament won't take the content industry's argument 'more protection is always better' for granted anymore. More likely, we expect, and certainly hope, the next proposal to look more like a very minimum implementation of the directive with maximum fair-use exemptions."

SOURCE: Mi2N / p2pnet.net

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