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Wednesday, 4 July 2012 - Strasbourg Revised edition

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Text tabled : A7-0204/2012

  Ivo Belet (PPE), in writing. – (NL) Counterfeit goods do terrible damage to our economy. The European economy suffers EUR 8 billion worth of damage from such goods every year. Sadly, it is a problem that is also growing exponentially. Online, on the Internet, too, we need to join battle to put a stop to piracy.

Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of concern and confusion about this. Many Internet users fear that their Internet access could be cut off if they download a film or an album in what has become known as the ‘informal economy’, yet that is absolutely not on the agenda. The perception is different, however. The fear is widespread, and we therefore need to provide an answer to it.

Today, I still do not understand why we are not awaiting the judgement of the highest court in Europe in order to obtain a definitive answer. This, I am sad to say, is a missed opportunity. We are throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The biggest victim of this situation is the creative sector itself. We are now just leaving it to its fate.

 
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