European Parliament Approves Gallo Report: Opens The Door To More Bad IP Laws & Enforcement

from the it-never-ever-stops dept

One of the issues that's been clear in covering the politics associated with intellectual property laws is that those in favor of ever more draconian laws have a lot more efforts going underway than it's possible to follow. Every single time people get focused on one aspect that's getting attention, something else is slipped through when no one is looking. We may have just seen that happen again. While people around the globe are now certainly concerned and worried about ACTA, not much attention was paid to the Gallo Report, a proposal for the European Parliament to support similarly draconian intellectual property enforcement, based on a series of highly questionable or debunked claims. You can read the report below, or see some of the concerns about it here.
Unfortunately, since the calls for attention on this document really only came out with a day's warning on the vote, it should not be surprising to find out that the Gallo report was approved by a vote of 328 to 245. This is disappointing for a European Parliament that had already hit back strongly against ACTA, when this document effectively opens the door to very similar ACTA-style problems.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Sep 2010 @ 7:58am

    Throw everything at the fan and hopefully something will stick. Hit them with a right, and when they get occupied blocking the right, get them with a left.

    Maybe this is a good strategy. Why doesn't the EFF et al do the same thing when it comes to proposals for laws that reduce IP restrictions. Propose a bill. Before the industry has a chance to respond with their lobbyists to block that bill, propose another bill. Keep bombarding politicians with laws that reduce IP restrictions until something passes. Propose one to the president. Another to a senator. Another to another senator. Another to state senators. Another to governors. Propose various possible rulings on various ground to various judges. Keep throwing things out there to everyone possible until something sticks. Offer campaign money to those who pass favorable bills.

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