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MEPs to vote on historic anti-piracy law - EUobserver.com
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Parliament is for the first time ever set to vote for EU-wide criminal penalties - including imprisonment - for crimes breaching intellectual property rights, but critics say the proposal is badly drafted and would affect millions of young Europeans including MEPs' own teenagers.

MEPs gathering in Strasbourg for their monthly plenary session are on Wednesday (25 April) expected to vote in favour of a first-reading report by Italian socialist MEP Nicola Zingaretti proposing criminal measures aimed at ensuring the enforcement of intellectual property rights across the 27-member bloc.

The report comes after the European Commission in April 2006 put forward a proposal for an EU-wide law in the area and is the first piece of EU draft legislation seeking to harmonise national criminal law in the union.

According to the commission, the range and value of pirated goods - from cars to cosmetics to DVDs - is on the rise in the EU and increasingly linked to organised crime.
by Fran on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 12:16:46 AM EST
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