Italian consumers' association Altroconsumo was involved in drafting the text. The complete proposal was passed with 23 votes in favour, 3 against and 3 abstained, and is intended to be applied to copyright, trademark, design and other IP fields, but not patent right which is explicitly excluded. The proposal has still to pass the vote of the parliament before becoming law in all EU countries, some of which (like Italy) do have criminal laws in place for non-profit file sharing.Members of the Legal Affairs' committee [...] decided that criminal sanctions should only apply to those infringements deliberately carried out to obtain a commercial advantage. Piracy committed by private users for personal, non-profit purposes are therefore also excluded.
"The fact is that John Hancock's IT manager was informed that I was going to call, knew that I was going to quote him for a story and expressed no reservations. But John Hancock's legal department apparently feels it has the right to review every article that contains its name. Now consider if every time a journalist attempted to write a story about a corporation, the reporter had to first submit the story to that corporation's public relations or legal department to get the approval. You could imagine that truth would regularly be squelched. You, the public, would receive either sanitized news or no news at all. At the same time, you, the IT manager, are also being muzzled. And that's crime as well because it's the free sharing of information between technologists that helps advance business systems' development.
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