The new coalition government in Germany has announced plans to rejig its copyright laws, with the aim of achieving “a high level of protection and an effective assertion of the copyright law”. However, it looks like this won’t mean a French-style three strikes bill: “We want to promote the possibilities of an internal regulation with the participation of the right-owners and the Internet-providers. We will not take initiatives for legal possibilities to block Internet access in cases of copyright infringements.” The government has also stated its intention of speeding progress towards easier pan-European online music licensing.

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