Dutch Parliament Says Downloading Movies and Music is Legal

December 27, 2011 -

The Dutch Parliament has come to the conclusion (once again) that downloading movies and music for personal use should be considered fair use and not be punishable by law. Despite this, some in the current government have been trying to find a solution to deal with piracy problems and have pushed for a new bill to make it unlawful across the board. This has made for some interesting political theater, but it's going to be a tough fight for those that want to change things in the region. Recently opponents of such a  bill won the first battle: the Dutch parliament adopted a motion to keep downloading movies and music for personal use legal.

Banning downloads would go against a free and open Internet, because it would restrict the free flow of information, they said. The motion also notes that enforcing such a ban via monitoring traffic would invade the privacy of Internet users. The parliament also strongly expressed its concerns that if downloading became unlawful, copyright holders would flood the courts with cases against individual downloaders. Besides clogging the courts with these cases, they see it causing situations similar to what is happening in other parts of the world where copyright trolls are simply suing thousands of users to make a quick buck.

Instead of banning downloads, the parliament suggested that the entertainment industry needs to focus on offering more authorized alternatives.

While the adopted motion is certainly good news for that want to keep downloading for personal use legal, State Secretary for Security and Justice Fred Teeven plans to bring the plan back in an altered form to deal with piracy concerns.

Source: TorrentFreak


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Re: Dutch Parliament Says Downloading Movies and Music is Legal

IMO the problem is the revenue gained off finding the download, the download itself is harmless.


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: Dutch Parliament Says Downloading Movies and Music is Legal

If companies would reasonably price their wares online, and reasonable pricing is up for debate, and even offer places where one can keep track of what they paid for it and possibly download it at their leisure, similar to Steam, they might actually start seeing something better.

Sadly this requires sense, of which publishers seem to have little to none.

Re: Dutch Parliament Says Downloading Movies and Music is Legal

Its not just that. At the end of the day if you have means to collect data/info/,ect it should be legal to receive it for free with no monetary ties to it at all.The trouble is most of what is traded/downloaded to day is put online for money. Take the money out of the the equation and you reduce the legal file sharing market. But before we get there we need to fix fair use to be less vague and we need due process to correct the current situation with auto DMCA takedowns.


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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