December 27, 2002
EU Member States Fail to Adopt EUCD by December 2002 Deadline

The deadline has passed for EU member states to adopt the latest copyright directive (EUCD), passed a year ago April by the EU. The EUCD is their answer to the DMCA. Only two countries passed the EUCD: Greece and Denmark. Denmark is also where KaZaa users were recently invoiced for up to $14k each for pirating copyrighted entertainment and software and where last spring KaZaa was ruled to be legal.

Apparently, there have been so many thoughtful replies to the directive by ISP's, consumers and groups such as the UK Campaign for Digital Rights (UKCRD) as well as various companies, that the review process is expected to take several more months. In particular, the ISP's have lobbied against the directive because they believe it will infringe on consumer's rights, and the UKCRD thinks it will stop cryptographic research and prevent fair use of legitimately purchased copyrighted works. In contrast, the Business Software Alliance believes they are already suffering heavily from the pirating of copyrighted works over the internet and therefore need the EUCD protection.

The UKCDR was "founded by a group of programmers, IT consultants, businessmen and others who were outraged by the arrest of Dmitry Sklyarov.... In general, the CDR believes in a fair system of copyright which strikes a balance between the rights of authors and the rights of the public at large. That certainly doesn't include allowing large-scale unauthorized copying."

Posted by Mary Hodder at December 27, 2002 04:34 PM
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KaZaa was ruled to be legal in the Netherlands, not Denmark.

Posted by: Bob on December 29, 2002 02:28 PM
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