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Minister to press ahead with download ban, blames EU pressure

Wednesday 30 November 2011

The government is to press ahead with legislation to introduce a ban on the downloading of music and films via illegal websites despite widespread opposition in parliament.

The legislation would give people whose copyright has been infringed the right to go to court to claim compensation. This is already the case for games and software but the government wants to extend that to music and film.

The ban would replace the current home copy surcharge which consumers pay on blank CDs and DVDs.


'I cannot stand still and do nothing because there is pressure from the European Commission,' Teeven told MPs during Wednesday morning's parliamentary debate on the plan.

'But I can count heads and I see that I have a problem,' the minister said, referring to the lack of support among MPs for the proposal.

'It is not always obvious what is actually illegal,' Labour MP Pauline Smeets is quoted as saying in the Volkskrant. 'Labour supports a free and open internet... consumers should not have all sorts of legal cases hanging over them.'

The Liberal democrats (D66) want an expansion in the supply of legal copying services to head off demand from illegal sites.

Despite the opposition, Teeven said he hopes that amendments to the draft legislation will persuade some MPs to change their minds. The debate is due to resume in May next year.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

"The debate is due to resume in May next year."

Another 'can' kicked down the road.

By bobsocks | 30 November 2011 1:42 PM

this measures will affects only internet newbies ... nowdays it takes few seconds to configure a VPN or a proxy connexion ... what about streaming and torrents materials ???

By bird | 30 November 2011 2:39 PM


It is now long ago that a work colleague of mine was offering DVD copies every Friday for the weekend for half the price of official rentals.

I cannot imagine that being done these days, seeing as most people are able to DL themselves from the net.

'Very sad to see the hardline filthily rich capitalists interfere with people that only DL for themselves, & not for profit!

By The visitor | 30 November 2011 4:40 PM

Well it could not be less relevant than the ridiculous surcharge on cd's and dvd. As if anybody in the last 5 years has downloaded music, then burnt it to cd to play in a cd player. This legislation will also be irrelevant by the time it is implemented.

By Craig | 30 November 2011 4:40 PM


There will always be a way around any new software that stops us downloading from the net. I think many of us would even be glad not to be able to DL stuff for free, why? - 'Because it would reduce the numerous hours that we spend on internet, and encourage us to have more physical interaction with each other.

Either way is a win-win situation for NL public.

'Occupy Amsterdam' & anywhere else so long the message is heard!

By The visitor | 30 November 2011 4:57 PM

I agree that anyone with minimal technical skills can configure an anonymous proxy nowadays. And that it would be a lot less of an issue if there was a decent streaming service such as NetFlix available in the Netherlands. People are used to having content almost on tap via P2P; it will be hard to put the genie back in the bottle if there are no alternative options.

By Montanareddog | 1 December 2011 7:29 AM

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