EU Parliament Group Opposes Long Copyrights and Oppressive DRM

Apparently there are some politicians who get it. At least it seems that way after reading an entry on the blog of Rick Falkvinge (founder of the Swedish Pirate Party). He says the Green party group, fifth largest in the European Parliament, has officially adopted several of the Pirate Party’s stances in a new position paper (PDF). The Greens say, the copyright monopoly does not extend to what an ordinary person can do with ordinary equipment in their home and spare time, adding that a 20-year protection term is more reasonable than 70 years. They go on to say, Net Neutrality must be guaranteed, and also mention DRM: It must always be legal to circumvent DRM restrictions, and we should consider introducing a ban in the consumer rights legislation on DRM technologies that restrict legal uses of a work

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