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EU Court Asked To Rule On Private Copying 157

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the off-with-their-heads dept.
Techmeology writes "The Dutch Supreme Court has asked the European Court of Justice to decide whether downloading copyrighted material for personal use — even from illegal sources — is legal. At the heart of the debate is whether the European Copyright Directive requires that any new legal copy of material must have originated from a copy that is itself legal. The case tests the law in the Netherlands, where copyright holders are granted a levy on blank media in exchange for the legalization of private copying." In the Netherlands, it is already legal to download from illegal sources. But EU law might conflict and trump that.
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EU Court Asked To Rule On Private Copying

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  • by wierd_w (1375923) on Tuesday September 25, 2012 @09:26PM (#41459255)

    Are you sure? Last I heard the RIAA was simply pocketing the money, and using it to fuel lawsuits. As far as I know, the actual artists get dick. Raw dick. Up the ass.

  • Re:Trumping laws (Score:3, Informative)

    by manu0601 (2221348) on Tuesday September 25, 2012 @09:37PM (#41459353)

    I can't speak for The Netherlands, but in the United States, there are certain things that "International Law" cannot do in the United States.

    As a basic rule (there are no doubt exceptions), if Congress can't do it by law, the President and the Senate can't do it by treaty.

    Unfortunately for us UE citizen, we completely wrecked people sovereignty when building UE. Many key policies are in the hands of the UE commission or the UE council, without much control left on what they do.

  • Re:Switzerland (Score:4, Informative)

    by Barnoid (263111) on Tuesday September 25, 2012 @09:42PM (#41459393)

    Note that providing copyrighted material is illegal, only possession (and downloading) is legal.

    Of course, the USo*AA didn't like this and have put Switzerland on the 2012 International Piracy Watch List (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/09/congressional-report-adds-italy-switzerland-to-piracy-watchlist/). Switzerland took the spot of Canada after they changed their laws to the liking of our *AA overlords.

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