Music Industry Trying to Hijack EU Data Laws

The recording industry is trying to hijack the EU’s data retention directive, which is being brought in to fight terrorism, to try and get their copyright battles fought for them. The EU may be making copyright infringement a criminal offence, and the Creative Media Business Alliance is lobbying hard to stop the European laws on data retention being restricted to cover terrorism and organised crime. In essence, they want to be able to get police to search through newly extended records from ISPs to look for evidence of illegal filesharing. In the words of the executive director of the Open Rights Group, the music industry’s attempt to hijack this legislation is a travesty and a gross affront to civil liberties and human rights

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