EU launches pirate talking shop
'Arrr, me hearties!' or somesuch
This week sees the second European Union conference on piracy and counterfeit goods.
Internal market and services commissioner Charlie McCreevy, members of the European Parliament, and industry representatives are attending the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy with the aim of improving cross-border cooperation on fake goods and illegal downloading of music and software.
McCreevy said: "Last year we met to discuss measures needed for the fight against fake goods. This year we are delivering concrete solutions. I am confident that the Observatory, alongside other initiatives we have launched, will significantly help us to step up the fight against intellectual property theft".
The group meets Thursday 2 April in Brussels.
There is more information here. ®
Never mind the music, someone's stealing my vote!
> with the aim of improving cross-border cooperation on fake goods and illegal downloading of music and software.
Erm, why do we need *cross-border* cooperation for action on downloading stuff? Is there a problem with it being spirited across borders concealed in laptops in the dead of the night? If you can identify the infringing item (which is presumably what they mean) does it get smuggled out before the Customs men can get there?
Or maybe its a lobby group trying to push through legislation at the EU level in order to bypass national governments...
Do Delegates Dream of Electric Hookers?
Wouldn't it be splendid if, after a few days, the delegates found they'd been attending a fake conference organised by counterfeiters?
PKD, we need you now!
Never got as far as a court of law. Charges got dropped or evidence went missing every time. Remember, it only takes 2 people to think you did nothing wrong and that creates a legal precedent.