The Netherlands Congress finds that downloading movies and music is perfectly legal
In the Netherlands, 30% of the population recognizes download movies and music from the network without paying for it. This is completely legal in the country of tulips, and will in the future because, even though they tried to legislate and regulate the issue, the House of Representatives decided that there is no crime in that.
Not long ago, Senator Fred Teeven introduced a bill that sought to prohibit and punish illegal downloading of audiovisual content in general, but was eventually discarded by the Dutch congress. According to Kees Verhoeven, “fortunately the House of Representatives chose clearly establish a much needed modernization of Copyright laws, rather than limiting Internet freedoms.” You can not say clearer.
The same politician said that the first need is to increase the availability of content, and this is achieved simply through new business models. “A ban would not solve the problem of unpaid downloads, and also guarantees the emergence of new ones such as the restriction of individual users’ privacy,” says Verhoeven.
And for those seeking this type of ban-similes-record and remain calm, be approved as compensation a new tax on blank discs (CDs, DVDs, etc.). Will it be enough? Surely not for them, but it’s good to see that at least somewhere in the world who make the laws understand how to operate the system of digital content distribution.
Link: Downloading Movies and Music Stays Legal in The Netherlands (TorrentFreak)Tags: Copyright, copyrights, Holland, Illegal Downloads