2007-04-25 - The European Parliament supported the first directive of EU,which aims to harmonize criminal law in the member states. They adopted afirst reading report on harmonizing the national measures for fightingcopyright abuse. If the European Parliament and the Council approve the legislation, thesubmitted directive will oblige the member states to consider a crime aninternational copyright abuse of intellectual property committed withcommercial purposes. The text suggests numerous measures: from fines toimprisonment, depending on the gravity of the offence. The EP members supported as a whole the Commission motion, changing someof the texts. They excluded patent rights from the range of the directiveand decided that the sanctions should apply only to offences withcommercial purposes. Piracy for personal, non-commercial purposes was alsoexcluded from the range of the directive. On behalf of the Internet Community in Bulgaria we’d like to thank Mrs.Antonia Parvanova and Mr. Solomon Pasi for their responsible stand at theEuropean Parliament, and for having defended our fundamental rights andneeds as citizens of Bulgaria and EU. Thank you!!