31 March 2007

EU - IP Directive to harmonise criminal law across Europe

A European Parliament committee has voted in favour of an EU-wide law which would criminalise intentional infringements of an intellectual property right on a commercial scale. If the proposed Directive on criminal measures aimed at ensuring the enforcement of intellectual property rights becomes law, attempting, aiding or abetting and inciting such infringements will also be treated as criminal offences. Under an accompanying Framework Decision, those convicted will face penalties of up to €300,000 and four years in jail.