EU ministers reject ban on free downloading

EU culture ministers yesterday (20 November) rejected French proposals to curb online piracy through compulsory measures against free downloading, instead agreeing to promote legal offers of music or films on the Internet.The EU Culture Council pushed yesterday (20 November) for “a fair balance between the various fundamental rights” while fighting online piracy, first listing “the right to personal data protection,” then “the freedom of information” and only lastly “the protection of intellectual property”.The Council conclusions also stressed the importance of “consumers’ expectations in terms of access […] and diversity of the content offered online”. No mention was made of a gradual response to serial downloaders of illegal cultural material, as foreseen by the French authorities.To read this EurActiv article in full, see euractiv.com/en/infosociety/eu-ministers-reject-ban-free-downloading/article-177379.

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