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Pirate Party MEP tries to block EU copyright extension

Last ditch attempt
Tue Sep 06 2011, 17:06

A LAST DITCH attempt is being made by a Pirate Party member of the European Parliament (MEP) to block EU plans to extend copyright on creative works from 50 to 70 years.

In April, the Swedish Pirate Party's Christian Engström, along with 40 other members of the European Parliament asked for a review of the decision to extend the copyright protection term. Last Friday they received notification that their request had been denied.

Engström thinks that the issue could be on the European council's agenda tomorrow, according to PC World. "I have not managed to find the agenda on the Council's website, but the information comes from one of the permanent representations here in Brussels," he said.

If approved by the Council, the proposal will become European law, despite massive criticism.

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and the Netherlands are in opposition to the proposal. However, this is five votes short of a blocking minority. µ


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