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European Parliament Approves Get-Tough Gallo Report

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The European Parliament voted to approve the Gallo Report calling for tough intellectual-property enforcement measures. (Photo: European Parliament. Used without permission.)

Following up on yesterday’s post, the European Parliament has approved the Gallo Report. (Europarl press release.)


European Parliament Votes Today on Gallo Report

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Logo of the European ParliamentToday the European Parliament will vote on the Gallo Report [scribd], which recommends strengthening intellectual-property enforcement, including through “non-legislative” measures.

Prepared by French MEP Marielle Gallo, the report has been criticized as a vehicle for laundering lobbying points of the entertainment industry. Although ostensibly aimed at file sharing of movies and music, there is concern that its heavy-handedness could have a detrimental impact on the expressive activities of netizens, such as blogging.

There is also concern that the Gallo Report’s adoption would be seen as a green light for aggressive measures being considered in connection with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, currently the subject of closed-door international negotiations. (EFF on ACTA.)

Reporters Without Borders has issued a statement opposing adoption of the Gallo Report.