THE USUALLY PROGRESSIVE Netherlands government looks close to approving a change in law that it will outlaw filesharing websites.
According to the Torrentfreak website, the Dutch government is looking to crack down on what are viewed as 'pirate' websites, and sees dropping a clog firmly on top of them as the best solution.
The government plans were announced in a statement by State Secretary of Security and Justice Fred Teeven, who explained that media consumption had changed and as such, so should the laws that surround it.
"Downloading has long been illegal for games and other software, but will now also apply to such movies and music", he said, before adding that the changes brought the Netherlands into line with countries including France and the UK - which, let's face it, is never a good thing.
Fittingly then perhaps, the government looked to distance itself from the kind of policing on those shores, and Teeven added, "Consumers need not fear criminalisation".
So, instead of chasing after citizens the government prefers the idea of blocking websites, an act that could keep its people out of the 'piracy' equation and out of the sights of media owners and copyright holders. Blocks on websites, however are expected to be a last resort.
More immediate will be the removal of a tax on recording media, such as blank discs. Although this was used to compensate rights holders. The government said, "Taxes only lead to unnecessary or duplicate payment by the consumer." µ
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