The European Parliament has introduced a new amendment on the reform package of EU telecommunications law, overriding the previously reached compromise.
It comes in defiance of a draft French law that persecutes Internet users who violate copyright laws by illegal sharing of content on the Internet. The amendment requires that “no restriction may be imposed on the fundamental rights and freedoms of end users, without a prior ruling by the judicial authorities (…) save when public security is threatened”.
This approach is contested by Member states and the whole package may fail.
Now I am wondering if this has anything to do with the row over the Working Time Directive?
The new codified Directive 2009/24/EC on the legal protection of computer programs has been published in Official Journal. It replaces Council Directive 91/250/EEC of 14 May 1991 on the legal protection of computer programs.
The main provision:
“Member States shall protect computer programs, by copyright, as literary works within the meaning of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.”