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Europe rejects plan to criminalise file-sharing

MEPs vote against banning copyright abusers

The European Parliament rejected attempts to criminalise the sharing of files by private individuals, and threw out the idea of banning copyright abusers from the internet, in a plenary vote on Thursday.

The vote was close, with 314 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voting in favour of an amendment to scrap what many consider draconian and disproportionate measures to protect copyright over the internet, and 297 voting against the amendment.

"The vote shows that MEPs want to strike a balance between the interests of rights holders and those of consumers, and that big measures like cutting off internet access shouldn't be used," said Malene Folke Chaucheprat, a European Parliament spokeswoman, shortly after the vote.


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