The Null Device
Finland drops EUCD
Finnish parliament kills European Copyright Directive
, the EU's version of the DMCA, which would have extended the reach of copyright laws in a most draconian fashion. The EUCD was mandated by the European parliament, which means that each EU member state is in theory obliged to pass it into law, no ifs or buts. (Isn't democracy a glorious thing?) So far, only Greece and Denmark have done so, and Finland has decided it's not having a bar of it.
However, the battle isn't won yet; the EU is likely to apply economic pressure to force Finland to toe the line, and if not, there is the prospect of US trade sanctions.
Though with any luck, this will hearten anti-EUCD efforts in other European states and the copyright absolutists will have an
on their hands.
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