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GERMANY: GOVERNMENT GETS TOUGH ON ILLEGAL MOVIE DOWNLOADS

Germans risk two years in prison if they illegally download films and music for private use under a new law agreed yesterday. Anybody who downloads films for commercial use could be jailed for up to five years. The measures, some of the toughest in Europe, were announced after an aggressive campaign by the film industry in Germany, the largest market in the EU and one of the most computer-literate populations.

According to film industry estimates, Germans download more than 20 million films a year. Many expect the next James Bond film, Casino Royale, to be widely available in Germany weeks before its official release in November. The law, which comes into effect on January 1, 2007, has infuriated consumer groups. They claim that it will turn consumers into criminals and harm the Government’s efforts to create a knowledge-based economy.

NamNews - Friday 24th March 2006


GERMANY: GOVERNMENT GETS TOUGH ON ILLEGAL MOVIE DOWNLOADS

 


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