by Mike Masnick
Wed, May 25th 2011 10:11pm
Not a huge surprise given things happening elsewhere around the globe, but it appears that the European Commission (who have already been in the tank for the entertainment industry, as seen in their enthusiastic support of ACTA) has come out with a new plan for intellectual property in Europe that has a major focus on enforcement, including turning ISPs into copyright cops. Of course, it's long been the desire of the entertainment industry to have ISPs do all the dirty work in trying to stop infringement. The problem, of course, is that all of this assumes it's somehow easy for ISPs to determine what is and what is not infringing. It's not. Even the companies themselves don't seem to recognize it some of the time. It's sad that so many politicians can't seem to understand the very basics of the law and technology on these issues, leading to proposals like this one that will not help "boost creativity and innovation," but will hinder it by stifling the very technology that is most needed for creativity and innovation.
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