The Dutch government is planning to shake up its online piracy laws, but has promised citizens that a three-strikes style system is not on the agenda. Currently, it’s only illegal to upload copyrighted content for online distribution, but not illegal for people to download it for personal use. That’s being changed: “Downloading has long been illegal for games and other software, and this will now also apply to movies and music,” explains justice and security minister Fred Teeven. “Consumers need not fear criminisalisation. There is no so-called ‘three strikes’ law.” The new legislation could make it easier to block foreign sites like The Pirate Bay, which have exploited the current legislation by claiming to only facilitate downloads rather than uploads. Anti-piracy body BREIN has welcomed the new plans. “BREIN is a supporter of the ban on illegal downloading of music, movies, and e-books. BREIN fought sites that facilitate illegal uploading of this material, and it can now more easily combat sites that facilitate illegal downloading.” As part of the new laws, collecting societies will be pressured to be more transparent about how their money is distributed, too. Source: Ars Technica

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