Finland Kills European Union Copyright Directive
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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