EC propose new offence similar to the MGM v Grokster ‘induce’ to infringe

September 2005

Record Labels, Music Publishers, Internet

The European Commission has published a draft directive which includes provisions to criminalise “attempting, aiding or abetting and inciting” acts of copyright infringement. The EU parliament will debate the proposal later this year. If the directive is adopted, software used primarily for illegal file sharing, for example, could potentially make its developers criminally liable in one or more EU member countries.


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